Our next Rummage Sale will be in the spring of 2019.
Our spring Garage/Rummage sale is a resounding success, resulting in a profit that supports the ministry at St. Paul’s. A fundraising activity like this requires the assistance of many hours of dedicated work by many people. The convenors want to involve as many people as possible in this community outreach effort. A poster is displayed in the narthex and in Watt hall on Sundays, and we encourage people to sign up to participate. And do they ever!
It provides an opportunity for everyone to bring their clean and useful items that they no longer need to St. Paul's the week before and on the day are then sold at a very fair price to those who need them. Many find some very amazing bargains. Once everything is picked over there is still time at the end for even better bargains. Come early for the best and come late for the rest.
Our event is publicized in a variety of ways. A poster is distributed to the UCW units, around the church, and to various community locations. A large sign is placed outside the church several weeks before the event. Information is also placed on the church web site, and on Kijiji. A paid ad is taken in the Oakville Beaver, and the event is also mentioned in the Community News section of the Beaver. On the day of the sale, signs are placed at strategic locations around Oakville directing people to St. Paul’s.
Friday morning, a work crew arrives to set up the tables. Many of these individuals also help in the take down on Saturday. Shortly after the table set-up, others arrive to help take all the donated items off the stage, and distribute them to the various sale locations in Watt Hall, the small auditorium, and rooms 9 and 10. Women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, Books and Puzzles, Linens, and Found Treasurers are located in Watt Hall. Furniture, Electronics and Tools, and Pictures are set up in Room 8 (small auditorium). Toys and Games are in room 9, and Safety Net and the Nearly New Shop were located in room 10. In addition, refreshments are provided for the workers on both Friday and Saturday, and a Snack Shop is open in Watt Hall on Saturday.
Each of the sections at the garage sale has a set up crew on Friday as well as a sales team on Saturday. They are supported by the UCW treasurer who organized the money floats to help each table with their selling on Saturday
Many additional individuals also help with Friday night security, setting up the audio-visual system used to make announcements, providing security at the doors, manning the lift, making announcements, and helping in the parking lot. After the sale, other community groups profit from the goods that were not sold, as items go to the Literacy Guild, Safetynet Children's & Youth Charities, Books with no Bounds, Halton Women's Place , May Court, Third World Countries, Juvenile Diabetes, Value Variety Village, Humane Society,
A big thank you goes to all who work on tables, in the parking lot, providing directions, welcoming at the doors, counting the money, setting up and cleaning up. We couldn’t do it without everyone’s support. Well done, St. Paul’s!