KENILWORTH – Tradition meets trend when Kenilworth Union Church opens the doors for its annual Rummage Sale this summer. Quality goods line the shelves at the two-day sale that was first held more than 70 years ago. In an era of online shopping, the event creates a rare opportunity for bargain hunters to shop offline for merchandise that is relevant to today’s lifestyle. It’s all for a good cause—proceeds benefit 40 benevolence agencies supported by Kenilworth Union.
“Shoppers will find the best of today’s rummage offerings at our sale, where all items are screened for quality and function before being placed on the shelves,” said Cris Guthrie, who serves as one of three Rummage coordinators this year, with Hope Poor and Katie Nahrwold. “We are grateful to all who donate and shop to support those in need.”
Donations are the critical first step of the process and may be dropped off between June 8 and July 6 at the Church Manse, located at 417 Warwick Road in Kenilworth. The donation center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. No drop offs are allowed on Sundays or on Independence Day, July 4. Items may not be left overnight.
A team of more than 100 volunteers sort and vet donated items prior to placing them in the sale showrooms, which are categorized into more than a dozen departments. Highly desired items include: antiques, collectibles, vintage items, artwork, frames, mirrors, designer, regular clothing, coats, books, bicycles, jogging strollers, buggies, China, glassware, relatively new electronics, furniture, jewelry, rugs, toys and sporting goods.
The first look at sale items is on July 13 during the pre-sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Customers pay a 50% mark up during this preview shopping event.
The Rummage Sale takes place on Saturday, July 15, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During the sale days, the Church accepts only cash or personal check with a state issued picture ID.
Please visit www.kuc.org or call (847) 251-4272 for more information about the sale and supported benevolence agencies.
Submitted by Kenilworth Union Church