Whale Facts

Founded in 1980, the Junior League of Wilmington’s Whale of a Sale is one of the League’s largest and most profitable fundraisers. Throughout the year, League members collect donations of new and gently used clothes, toys, books, furniture, housewares, electronics and more to sell at discount prices at the sale. 

Where and when is Whale of a Sale held?
The 32nd Whale of a Sale was held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 700 White Clay Center
Newark, DE  19711

Who attends Whale of a Sale?
Anyone who wants to find great deals at reasonable prices. There is a loyal Whale of a
Sale following, many of whom are 20-year-plus veterans eager to kick off their holiday shopping. They come rain or shine, no matter where the sale is held. We typically have a line of shoppers before the doors open, and some diehard “Whalers” even camp out overnight!

Among the regulars are professional dealers who line up to stock up on antiques and collectibles; fashion divas who know that there are no dressing rooms at Whale of a Sale and dress in leotards to try on clothes in a flash; and smart moms who realize the value of gently used toys, clothing and baby equipment. Also common are the do-it-yourselfers, fixer-uppers and tinkerers who head straight for the electronics area to rummage for the pieces they need whole or for parts. And then there are trashcan-toters who wheel in 90-gallon containers and fill them to the top with great buys!

Where do the proceeds from this fundraiser go?
Proceeds from Whale of a Sale support the Junior League of Wilmington’s mission and community programs focusing on children’s health. The League is proud to be delivering its Hands-on Education About Lifestyles That are Healthy for You (HEALTHY) Hour program in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, elementary schools and community centers. Through participatory instruction and other activities, children learn how they can achieve wellness by making good food choices, exercising, practicing good hygiene and developing self-esteem. To date, more than 7,000 children and family members have participated in HEALTHY Hour.