Whale of a Sale ends 44-year Run in Tallahassee

Apr 16, 2018

As it has with traditional retail stores, online commerce is changing the way some community service organizations do business. That includes the Junior League of Tallahassee.

Shoppers bargain-hunting at the Junior League of Tallahassee's final Whale of a Sale at the North Florida Fairgrounds.
Credit Tom Flanigan

The North Florida Fairgrounds exhibit hall wasn't exactly packed on Saturday, April 14, but event Co-Chair Jennifer Stanford said there were still plenty of bargain hunters at the League's Forty-Fourth Annual Whale of a Sale.

"We have electronics, clothes, toys, housewares, appliances. It's people everywhere getting good deals on gently-used items at affordable prices."

But her co-chair colleague Candace Munz said this Whale of a Sale would be the League's last. "We're kind of moving on for some new avenues for League funding, but making sure we're still sustainable and able to do all of our community projects in the future," she explained, citing declining sales in recent years as more and more consumers shop for everything, including gently-used merchandise, online. The Junior League of Tallahassee's Whale of a Sale has been held every year since 1974.