Where there is a need, there is a way. That is the mantra of Lake Forest's First Presbyterian Church as volunteers prepare for a mini-sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is the first mini-sale in the 58-year-history of the church's rummage sale endeavors and comes just weeks after its annual fall rummage sale in October.
"Our goals are to get items into the hands of people who really need them for the cold weather and the holiday season … and make room for more donations," said Deb Dintruff, general co-chair of the sale.
Making room for more donations is important because more donations keep coming in. The church receives so many items that the receiving room is brimming on Mondays and Thursdays when volunteers come in to sort the goods. Ms. Dintruff said the volunteers
log 4,000 hours per year in the sorting room alone.
Saturday's mini-sale provides shoppers with a low-cost and creative avenue for holiday gifts as well as coats to keep the cold at bay. It will include new items that are still in their original packaging, plus holiday decorations, clothing, outerwear, winter sports equipment, small appliances, luggage, books, baby gear, toys and … just about everything but the kitchen sink, beds, outdated electronic equipment and all things enormous, Ms. Dintruff said.
First Presbyterian's rummage sales are run by volunteers, such the ladies featured in this photo from a previous sale–Lucy Bell is on the left, next to Diana Simpson. The rummage sales raise a total of about $200,000 per year and all proceeds after expenses go to local charities. Drop-off dates are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday when the church is open.