Randy Robbins, Pilot staff writer

Get ready to shop for bargains! The Coastal Home Health and Hospice will host its 14th Annual Market Place Sale in Gold Beach starting Friday and continuing through Sunday Aug. 25.

The giant-size sale featuring donated goods will take place outside and inside a large facility on the north bank of the Rogue River near the north jetty, next door to the U.S. Coast Guard Station.

The hours are Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

"We have been working for the last two months assembling all of this," said Advertising Outreach Director Christine Chaney.

"I have 60 volunteers who have already logged more than 10,000 hours!" said Advertising Outreach Director Christine Chaney.

On Thursday she surveyed row after row of used merchandise, all neatly organized and labeled with eye-popping low prices. The huge converted oil refinery building that houses the annual giant "shop-a-ganza" is filled beyond capacity.

Considered by many bargain hunters to be the granddaddy of garage sales, the Hospice sale attracts several thousands of locals and visitors each year.

"Some 2,500 shoppers last year," said Chaney. "Thanks to our small army of volunteers I think we're ready for this weekend!"

The merchandise includes electronics, furniture, jewelry, clothing and fine china. There's sporting goods, Christmas decorations by the score, trinkets, and forgotten treasures that someone left behind. The phrase "something for everyone" comes to mind.

"If we had to pay our volunteers (to work) it would come to $350,000. As it stands, thanks to their generosity, 100 percent of the proceeds from this sale will go to funding Hospice's work towards end-of-life comfort for those who need our help," Chaney said.

This is Chaney's first year at the helm after former director Patty Slagle left the post. Chaney hails from Eureka, Calif.

Which items are most sought after?

"Furniture is probably our largest seller, then clothing," she said. "We wash and press every single piece of clothing and people seem to like that."

She says the sale is so popular because "it's the biggest sale of it's kind on the entire Oregon Coast. In today's economy people just have to be more thrifty, to look for bargains."

She recommended that shoppers come Friday to get the best deals.

For more information about the sale or about the services of Home Health and Hospice, visit their website, coastalhomehealthandhospice.com, or call 541-247-7084.