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Toys for Tots Puts Some “Fun” in Fundraising

Fundraising can be a difficult task; whether you are on the side of asking, or you are dealing with many requests for donations.  Every campaign is important, in supporting an organization, cause, or often an individual in need, but no business can give to everyone.  So how do you inspire excitement around the fundraising you are involved in?

Just look to the current Toys for Tots campaign and you can’t help but smile at the success. Businesses throughout Venango County have found fun and successful ways to encourage giving.

The Toys for Tots program, hosted by VFW Post 464, has distributed collection boxes throughout the county, including many Venango Chamber members. Several are participating in the Franklin Retail Association’s Toy Battle, which challenges businesses to compete against each other.  The response has been incredible, not only in collecting donations, but also in showcasing local businesses.

Derek Bailey, owner of 257 Buy Sell Trade, is participating for the fourth year, donating a dollar for every point the Oil City Oilers football team made at home games, this year totaling over $1,000.  If interested in becoming involved or if you know of a family in need who could benefit from this program, contact Lisa Winger, with the Ladies Auxiliary, at (814) 758-6800 or visit

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s November 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

257 Buy Sell Trade

257 Buy Sell Trade is a family-owned retail store that buys and sells pre-owned merchandise. The store is owned and run by Derek Bailey and deals in gold, silver, jewelry, coins, electronics, tools, memorabilia, musical instruments, and much more. They offer brand new and estate jewelry from their large inventory and also offer minor jewelry repair, jewelry polishing and refurbishing services, and watch battery installations.

257 Buy Sell Trade got its start back in April of 2013 and has been learning and growing ever since. Derek Bailey has been diamond certified through the Gemological Institute of America, contributing to his tendency and desire for jewelry in business.

“Most people are surprised to know that we essentially have a mini-jewelry store inside the confines of the business,” said Derek.

Derek loves being a business owner in Venango County and the opportunities that he has to give back to his community.

“My favorite part about working in Venango County is giving back to the community and actually seeing the difference,” said Derek. “We were able to donate almost $900 to Venango County Toy For Tots. We did this through a campaign we started called Touchdowns For Tots. We donated a dollar for every point the Oilers football team scored. It was a fun time and got multiple organizations working together to help our youth.”

The most challenging part of owning a buy and sell business for Derek is convincing people that his business does not fall in with the typical  stereotype that is associated with it. Derek tries to  remind people that his business is family owned and family friendly.

Keep your eye out next December for their “Let it Snow, Get it Free” holiday promotion that reimburses customers for the money that they spent in December if six or more inches of snow accumulates on New Year’s Eve. Also, check out their Facebook page for giveaways.

For More Information257


(814) 670-0900


4317 State Route 257

Oil City , PA 16301


Hours of Business:

Monday-Friday 10-6

Saturday 9-1

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s June 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.