Nearly 20 Years This Golden Girl Has Made Her Contribution To Charity Through Her Garage
The Garage Where Marion Perrault
Holds Her Weekly Garage Sales
Almost every Sunday afternoon on the
southeast corner of Bay Avenue and Adams Street, in the garage at the alley, you will find
the Garage Sale Queen, Marion Perrault. Marion, who owns the house that she operates out
of but lives in South Pasadena, has been coming down to Balboa almost every weekend for
the last 45 years. In the late 1980s, Marion started holding garage sales to help out the
local charities. Almost every weekend this 80 plus senior opens her garage to the public
with a vast assortment of wears from A to Z.
Marion's Garage Is Always Filled With
Everything From A to Z.
Marion says she first started doing
the garage sales because, "My daughter didn't know what to do with all her
things." Soon her grandchildren and her neighbors were donating items for Marion's
garage sales. "Every week I go through these things and give things to the Salvation
Army, Goodwill, and the Veterans," Marion explains. All monies received from the
Sunday sales are donated to charities such as, the Red Cross, City of Hope, and the
Salvation Army. When asked why she does it, Marion says, [it's] "The gift of love.
I'd rather be down here, I enjoy my neighbors and new friends, than sitting up there
alone. [referring to her upstairs apartment in the same building] I love asking people
where they come from." Marion's visitors/customers represent a vast array of people.
She remembers a young man needing a pair of shoes so he could get into one of the local
bars. Of course charity begins at home, and this applies to Marion too. When two boys came
by one time, cold and shivering because someone had stolen their clothes, Marion gave them
clothes and a blanket free. She says that anyone who is in need will never be turned away.
In addition to the garage sales, Marion collects things for special needs. Each fall,
Marion donates all the bowling balls, trophies, and sports equipment she can get her hands
on to the Special Olympics in Santa Ana.
Balboa Pier 1938
Leaning against the rail is Harry Campbell, an early Balboa street
sweeper. He used a broom, a shovel, and a two-wheeled cart.
Sunday, August 27, 2000
Jim, my mom, Estelle Freeland, will be
moving to Denver in the first part of September. This is to be with her family after
her retirement. Thought you might be interested in printing a little blurb.
Dear Mr. Jim Fournier
Hello, My name is Nami Tokunaga, I am a fan of Alfi's Cafe and Japanese. I found the
title of "Goodbye-Alfi's Cafe" in your wave page last weekend. But I couldn't
understand what dose it mean. Was that title meaning closed the cafe? I want to know
whether Alfi's cafe will be closed. I used to go there and I love there staff.
And I am exchanging Letters with Mr. Jamil Alfi for two years. So I can ask
to him directly. but I think that if I sent a E-mail to you, I 'll be able to know truth
faster than sent a letters to U.S.A from Japan.Would you give me an answer?
I am not good at English. Please excuse my error.
Thank you and best regards,
Hi Jim. I wandered onto
your site via a link from the City of Newport's homepage. I love the videocams!
I realize you may not be the best person to ask for the information I am looking
for but I thought I'd start with you! After spending almost all my free time down
in Newport and Balboa, I've decided I should look into moving there. I am looking
for a small studio to rent year-round. Doyou know the best source of information to
find such rentals?? I appreciate any info you could pass along...