Last year they sold out of puzzles by noon on day two of the Friends of Chilliwack Libraries Society’s Puzzle Sale. (Greg Laychak/ Progress File)

Friends of Chilliwack Libraries Society seek donations for annual Puzzle Sale

Donations of complete, gently-used puzzles needed for Chilliwack libraries fundraiser

Jigsaw puzzles, kid’s puzzles, 3D puzzles, floor puzzles — as long as they’re in good condition and not missing any pieces, the Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society want them.

Every year, the Friends ask for donations for their Puzzle Sale fundraiser which takes place each February. This year, the sale is on Feb. 1 and 2 at Sardis Library.

And unlike any other year, this year the Friends’ puzzle cupboard is bare. Typically there are puzzles left over from the sale which get moved on to next year’s fundraiser, but in 2018 they sold out by noon on the Saturday. It was a first.

Now they’re ready to restock.

They are only looking for complete puzzles, says Claire Bouchard, organizer and member of Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society.

“Complete children puzzles are always in short supply,” says Bouchard. “We love the variety that comes in every year. Puzzle lovers always surprise us with new kinds.”

“The Friends, in their weekly meeting, take a close look at what came in and recycle anything not up to standards,” she adds.

For every puzzle donated, you will received the same amount of puzzles at half price during the sale (excluding brand new puzzles).

Puzzles range in price depending on the type and number of pieces. They start at $1-$3 for standard children puzzles, and $3-$8 for children’s 3D, storybook and floor puzzles. Regular adult puzzles are $2-$4, high-quality brands are $4-$6, and 3D are $4-$10. New puzzles are one or two dollars more than used puzzles.

Last year, more than 2,200 puzzles sold for a total of $6,044. That money goes towards programs and items for all three of Chilliwack’s libraries such as the Summer Reading Program, books and puppets for the Storytime Kits, children’s furniture, LEGO, and artwork.

People can drop off their puzzle donations at the Sardis Library throughout the month of January. You will received half-off coupons for this year’s sale when you drop off your puzzles.

The Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society’s annual Puzzle Sale takes place at the Sardis Library on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Please note the Puzzle Sale is cash only.



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