How YOU can help with the rummage sale

The Rummage Sale is once more upon us and we need the entire congregation to help out. Here is how you can help.

Look around your home. Do you have things that have become clutter? Do yourself a favor and  say goodbye to those things while helping out your faith community. We even have donation slips so you can itemize and use it for your taxes next year. Here is a link to what we need and how to donate it. 

Do you have clothes to donate? Make sure they are clean, unstained, elastic works, and are not torn. Then attach one of these handy size tags with a stick pin. Size tags

Do you have something that won’t fit in your car that you want to donate? Contact the Queen to arrange for pick up.

Help us get set up. We need YOU to help us set up for the sale. We are  known for having great stuff and having it well organized. So this Sunday April 9th come and enjoy a wonderful service by Rev. Linda Slabon from the DeKalb UU Congregation and then stay to help us unload cars and begin sorting through all the treasures. You can sign up to:

  1. Set up tables, racks and signs
  2. Help with the lunch. Yes, we are going to feed all you wonderful volunteers.
  3. Help unload cars and take donations to their assigned areas. A great way for kids to help out.
  4. Provide minivan or truck for pickups
  5. Help pick up large items from offsite.

We will work until 5pm on Sunday.

On Monday and Tuesday April 10-11 we will be sorting and pricing items 9am-7pm. Do not be afraid to help with pricing. We have guidelines to help you and it isn’t as hard as you think. Shifts are open. Just let the Queen know if you plan to come in the morning, afternoon or evening.

On Wednesday April 12th we will put the finishing touches on the pricing and sorting 9am-3pmAnyone that puts in 4 or more hours Sunday through Wednesday has the opportunity to pick out an item of their choosing to purchase at the regular price ahead of the public sale. The Rummage Queen is so generous!

Help with the Sale.

Now that we have everything sorted and priced, let’s have a sale! We need you to help as a cashier (no tax to worry about) or float around the sale helping people find things, giving them boxes to hold their arm loads of treasures, and tidy up after them. Sale hours are:

9am – 2pm Thursday and Friday April 13-14th.

9am-12pm Friday April 15th This is our special sale day. $2/bag for clothing and everything else is 1/2 off.

Morning volunteers should arrive by 8:45am to receive instructions and get ready for our buyers. Our sale is popular and they will be lined up at the door.

Help with Clean Up.

Now that the sale is over and we made lots of money for all that we do and for Compassion for Campers (10%), we need to clean it all up and get ready for Sunday morning. All the left overs will be taken to Savers and they will pay us for what we give them. In years past they have sent a truck to pick up the left overs. This year they are short of trucks so they are going to pay for us to rent our own box truck and load it up. So on Saturday April 15th starting at noon we need:

  1. One person to go pick up and drive the rental truck
  2. LOTS of people to box and bag up the leftovers
  3. LOTS of people to load it on the truck
  4. LOTS of people to move furniture back into place
  5. Some of you to bring vacuums and help with that

With many hands we will be done quickly.

Want to help? Email the Rummage Queen at

or call 815-322-2464 to volunteer and get your questions answered. The Queen thanks you for all that you do for the kingdom of Tree of Life.


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