Servants of the Saints to hold rummage sale

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The fall 2017 installment of the semi-annual Servants of the Saints Rummage Sale, held at Saint Paul Luther High School, will start at 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, and run daily through Saturday, Aug. 26. Spokesperson Cheryl Peters said shoppers will once again have a chance to purchase newly donated items.

“We have the sale in the spring and fall every year,” she said. “Everything we have on our sale is donated from the public. We receive donations from every town in the area and even some as far as Cole Camp. Every sale always (has) newly donated items. Nothing is held over from one sale to the next.”

Peters said this fall’s sale will feature approximately 80 tables and nearly 150 feet of clothing racks that are currently loaded and ready to go.

“The quality of donations this fall are so nice. Folks will find good quality items offered for really low prices,” she said. “This fall we are trying something new. We are selling everything at full price on Thursday, starting at 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday will be 25 percent-off day, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, as always, will be our $5 bag sale. We provide the bag and we use brown paper grocery bags.”

Money made from the sale is used to fund projects for the Servants of the Saints Parent Organization. This includes off-budget items for the classrooms, athletic teams, post season tickets for students, appreciation dinners and fruit for the student athletes after games.

“After our sale, we donate the remaining items to our Lutheran Camp, Heit’s Point, located in Lincoln,” Peters said. “They use what they need and then gift the rest to different groups and organizations in the area.”

Donations for the sale are accepted on the first Monday of each month from noon to 6 p.m. If a Monday falls on a holiday, then donations are accepted on the first Tuesday that month. The collection site is located at 210 Main St. in Concordia, next door the old Casey’s building.

All sale items are priced and stored leading up to sale time. Approximately 10 days before the sale, students from SPLHS are asked to help with the move. This fall, the football team was selected to make the move. It is quite a job, Peters said, and takes anywhere from three to four hours just to move the boxes by trailer to the Saint Paul Annex. When it comes time to tear down, normally 12-15 student volunteers to help pack it all up for Heit’s point.

“We use a color system for tagging items: red is 25 cents, green for 50 cents, yellow for $1 and pink is $2,” Peters said. “Anything priced higher than that is marked. Clothing falls under a general pricing system and we have large signs on the wall to explain the prices. For instance, suits, blue jeans and sleeping bags are $2; backpacks, blouses and shoes are $1; baby clothes, books and T-shirts are 50 cents. These prices are good unless the item is marked.”

The sale has turned into an event that many look forward to every spring and fall. The organizers are grateful for everyone involved, from those who donate and set-up to those who shop.

“It would not be possible without everyone involved,” Peters said.

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