Starting Friday in Champaign: Bunch of DIVAs selling gadgets and other stuff

Starting Friday in Champaign: Bunch of DIVAs selling gadgets and other stuff

 I wonder if I can sneak out of the office for a bit on Friday morning.

There’s a garage sale I’ve heard about, and garage sales speak to me on an elemental level. I often find two of my favorite things: bargains and gadgets.

I missed the Humane Society sale and I’m certain there were great deals to be had on electronics stuff there (I’ve found several over the years), so I feel as though I’ve gotten a reprieve with the eighth annual DIVA sale, which starts at 8 a.m. Friday, 1005 W. University Ave., C.

DIVA stands for Downtown Independent Volunteer Association. You’d know at least some of the names if you heard them.

“We are 25 women from all different professions,” says Nicole Philyaw. “We limit the group to 25 so that we can keep it ‘familiar’ and easily social.”

“We are more of a service volunteer organization than fundraising,” she says. They’ve volunteered at the Illinois Marathon; done an Easter basket event to benefit the Crisis Nursery, Center for Women in Transition and others; and they have a picnic planned for the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club this summer.

They do raise money. There’s a “Kittens, Canines and Karaoke” event for the Humane Society, which has morphed into “Rock the House” for Habitat for Humanity. They’ve donated to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

The garage sale Friday and Saturday is, in part, a way to benefit a local charity. They’ll figure out which one after the sale.

Why am I telling you all this? Because there will be gadgets for sale.

“We’ve had all sorts of electronics over the years,” Philyaw says.

While gathering items herself, she found “what was probably one of the first electronic personal organizers. Something like 132 KB memory.”

It’s still in the box.

Maybe that doesn’t speak to you, but last year, I sold an old Casio calculator, which I got for a buck at a garage sale, for $33 on eBay.

Yeah, I’m going to be a little late to work on Friday.

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