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The 'Sellwood Community House' building is over a century old. Cleaning it out is like a treasure hunt

DAVID F. ASHTON - Volunteers Karen McClish and Emily Pit bring out usable treasures they found during the 100-year clean-out day, at the newly-renamed, and now community-operated, Sellwood Community House. Even though it wasn't the most glamorous work associated with the community's reopening of the former Sellwood Community Center, on Saturday, January 25, a couple dozen volunteers showed up at the newly-torenamed Sellwood Community House to dig deep in the storied building's basement and attic, ferreting out "100 years of stuff" – as event organizer, and SCH Program Manager Elizabeth Milner, put it

"It's true; we're here with about 25 volunteers who are cleaning out old junk from both the attic and the basement – and, in the process, finding some 'treasures' from long ago," Milner told THE BEE.

Some of the "really cool stuff" the volunteers found tucked away that day included antique metal toys and old books. "And, we found in ancient first aid kit that's been here since the 1960s; it's kind of fun to find these treasures.

"Stuff that's totally unusable is being pitched into the big drop box outside; but many items someone might still want will most likely go into our big rummage sale, to be held on March 7."

With that, Milner joined with other volunteers to lift and carry more "stuff" up from the century-old building's basement.


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