SPLHS to host Servants of the Saints Rummage Sale as lead organizers step down

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Volunteer workers stand in front of some of the hundreds of items to be offered for sale at this week’s Servants of the Saints Rummage Sale, slated for March 14-16 in the Wies Gymnasium Annex on the Saint Paul Lutheran High School campus. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Lois Schmidt, Ruthie Fischer, Denise Aversman, Beth Schemmer, Cheryl Peters; (back row, left to right) Connie Maggert, Debbie Heimsoth, Lori Connell and Mary Salyer. Schemmer and Peters have announced this will be their last year as lead organizers of the sale.
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The Saint Paul Lutheran High School Servants of the Saints Rummage Sale will take place March 14-16 in the Wies Gymnasium Annex on the Saint Paul Lutheran High School campus.

Over the years, the SPLHS Servants of the Saints Rummage Sale has become an event that draws visitors to Concordia from near and far. Those visitors may be familiar with Beth Schemmer and Cheryl Peters, the hard-working and dedicated women working behind-the-scenes to make it all possible. Although the sale will continue on under new leadership, Schemmer and Peters have both announced that this year’s sale will be their final one at SPLHS.

When one walks into the sale, it may look very organized and put together. In reality, many hours go into preparation before opening day. Schemmer and Peters, along with other helpers, receive donations for months in advance, and then sort, price and transport all the items, stacked to the ceiling, to the gymnasium annex.

“Moving day is all hands on deck. This sale would not be possible without all the volunteers who pitch in to help,” Schemmer said. The pair has worked the sale for so many years that neither of them could quite recall exactly how many sales they have done, but they think somewhere between 14-16 possibly.

“The Servants of the Saints Rummage Sale has been a challenge and a blessing for both of us,” Peters said. “We have loved being able to volunteer for the school and meet so many amazing people along the way.”

Both women have strong ties to Saint Paul Lutheran High School. All six of their children attended school there, and it is where the two met and became best friends.

“Our love of Saint Paul Lutheran High School goes deep into our soul. The faculty and staff are priceless in our eyes. We are so thankful we have had the opportunity to give back to this school for all it has done for our families,” exclaimed Schemmer.

Although they agreed it is sad for them to say goodbye, Peters and Schemmer will continue to stay busy.

“Two of Beth’s children are getting married this summer, and she was recently blessed with her first grandchild! I know she is really excited to have more time with her family and at home,” Peters said. “And I will be busy very soon starting a new wedding venue in Waverly with my family this summer. It will be different for both of us but we can’t wait for what the future holds.”

Both women currently work part-time for Bob & Toms Estate Sales and will continue to do so, stating that they would miss their “rummage and estate sale people” too much.

Cheryl and Beth would like to announce,

“We ask that you please continue to support Saint Paul, whether it be by donating items, time, baked goods, sending prayers, or stopping by the SOS Rummage Sale,” both ladies said. “Everyone plays a role in the continued success SPLHS. We also want to acknowledge our awesome team of volunteers that have made this project much more manageable. That includes Denise Aversman, Sharon Bobzin, Lori Connell, Ruthie Fischer, Debbie Heimsoth, JoAn Jacobsen, Jill Kusel, Connie Maggert, Paul and Lucy Mehl, Bart and Jana Mueller, Monte Pitsch, Krista Rehkop, Mary Salyer, Lois Schmidt, the faculty and staff of SPLHS and anyone else who has offered their time to help us. We could not have done it without all of them, and we are extremely grateful”

Peters said the public’s patience is appreciated during this time of transition to new leadership of the rummage sale. To be a part of the future rummage sale team, please call the SPLHS office at 660-463-2238. Or check out the Servants of the Saints Rummage Sale Facebook page for future information on collection and sale dates.

“Be sure to come out and shop on March 14-16 to help keep this tradition going strong to support Saint Paul Lutheran High School,” Schemmer said.

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