Transgender man Isaac Furniss is looking to fund his breast reduction surgery by holding a garage sale.
“I just as looking for ways to come up with money and looking to get rid of some stuff [at the same time],” said Furniss, a member of the University of Southern Utah’s gay-straight alliance Love Is For Everyone. “I figured other people probably have some spring cleaning they need to do.”
Furniss said he needs to raise $7,400 soon to have his surgery this summer. So far, he has somewhere between $1,000 and $1,500. Along with the garage sale, he said he is considering taking out a loan or selling some of his eggs.
“I need a bunch of little things where I can throw it into savings,” he said.
For the garage sale, to be held April 25 at Furniss’ home, Furniss is seeking donations of such typical items as dishes, books, DVDs, CDs, clothing and small furnishings such as end tables and lamps. People who would like to bring food or bake sale items are also welcome.
LIFE will also donate part of the proceeds from its upcoming Genderblender dance (which will be held April 4) to help Furniss.
Furniss plans on donating unsold items to Somebody’s Attic, a Logan secondhand store that donates profits to the Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency, the Child and Family Support Center of Cache County, Inc., and a number of other community organizations.
He also said that he plans on giving back to the community in thanks as soon as his surgery is paid for.
“I like helping out, so as soon as I get done, if there’s anyone else who needs help, I’m totally there,” he said. “It’s hard to get money, especially now.”
The garage sale will be held April 4 at Furniss’ home at 345 N 200 E, Logan, UT from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To inquire about donating items, contact Furniss at (801) 419-1602 or [email protected] Items may be brought to the house on Friday night or Saturday morning.