Mark your calendar: Whale of Sale is a big ol' yard sale (updated with photos)

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Updates at the bottom:
The Junior League of Charleston is getting ready to host its 35th Annual Whale of a Sale. By any stretch of the imagination, it's Charleston’s largest garage sale.

The sale hits the Gaillard this Saturday, November 7th.

Here's details from the press release:

The Whale of a Sale features gently-used items, including furniture, appliances, clothes, computer equipment, electronics, books, children’s toys and holiday decorations, which are sold at bargain prices. 

Profits from the event support Junior League-sponsored community projects.  This year, the League is investing more than $100,000 in the community through support of its community projects: Lowcountry Food Bank, Back Pack Buddies, Gibbes Museum of Art Community Days, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Boys & Girls Clubs, Kids in the Kitchen, Louie’s Kids, and through Community Assistance Grants.   
Donations of gently used, quality merchandise for the Whale of a Sale will be accepted though October 17, 2009. To make a donation, call (843)763-5284 or email

The sale is at the Gaillard Auditorium Exhibition Hall at 77 Calhoun Street, in downtown Charleston. 

Doors open at 8 a.m. and sale ends at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Children 14 and under who attend the event will get a free winter coat (while supplies last).

Event proceeds fund the Junior League of Charleston, Inc.’s collaborative programs with community agencies focused on hunger & homelessness and early childhood education.


Update November 7:


The Whale of a Sale is in full swing and lines are wrapped around the block.

Doors opened at 8 a.m on the dot this morning to a flood of enthusiastic shoppers ready to scour the goods that have taken over the main floor of the Gaillard Auditorium. Families, friends and solo bargain hunters came out in full force to find the some of the best deals on the peninsula. The veteran Whalers came with handled shopping bags, hitting the neatly labeled areas with strategy and determination. First timers came empty handed, but soon found themselves neck-high in goods, physically holding onto their new found treasures for dear life.

The Junior League staffers are on top of their game. Attending to patrons with with upbeat attitudes and smiling faces, these ladies make sure the Whale of a Sale is nothing but smooth sailing.

Bargain hunters, antiquers, rummagers, or anyone looking for just about anything under the sun, be sure you hit up the Whale of a Sale. You're sure to reel in a deal.

Want to see what you're in for? Take a look at our photo gallery from the Whale early this morning.