Bargain shoppers receive deep discounts at NAF warehouse sale

| August 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Jenny Duong
Directorate of Family, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii



FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Soldiers and family members started trickling in at 6:30 a.m., here, as they lined up for the first Nonappropriated Fund Warehouse Closeout Sale to buy excess inventory, Aug. 16.

Items included furniture, appliances, playground equipment and electronics.

“The items sold at the closeout were aged and obsolete items from all our U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii morale, welfare and recreation programs,” said Joy Baker, chief, NAF Logistics. “The profits from the sale go directly to the MWR fund for the next fiscal year; these funds provide programs and services to our Soldiers everyday.”

While some shoppers carefully inspected an item before purchase, others saw the opportunity in obtaining a fixer-upper at a great deal and purchased that item immediately.

“There is nothing like finding an item that you’ve wanted, at a bargain price, and that was the expression I saw on a lot of our customers’ faces,” said Brandon Goo, support assistant, NAF Logistics. “It felt great to know that holding our sale made a lot of people happy.”

Time of entry restrictions allowed military ID cardholders to go in first, followed by Department of Defense civilian ID cardholders and then, the general public. The early hours gave Soldiers and their families a chance to benefit first from the sale.

“Allowing the military first dibs on the items shows the support that MWR has for (its) military family,” said Rebecca Macan, military spouse.

NAF held a sale four years ago and is hoping to make this closeout an annual event.

“Each dollar earned provides additional money to sustain and improve programming for our Soldiers and families,” said Baker. “And with limited funding, each dollar is important.”

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