Our Final Rummage Sale was This Spring
Women's organizations of First Presbyterian Church have been holding rummage sales to raise funds for mission since 1906. Today's rummage sales happen twice yearly and fill the church with wonderful treasures, good food, and workers and shoppers who return year after year for the fun, the friendships, and the bargains. Our workers come from far and wide. One family makes it into a reunion time, flying from the west coast to spend the week with relatives and work at the rummage sale.
But as the world changes, needs and priorities change. Rummage Sales happen often in our area, and access to quality used goods is always available through various service organizations like Goodwill Industries and Salvation Army. You can also purchase used items at Once Upon a Child, Encore Upscale Resale, St. Vincent de Paul, and others (just google "detroit area resale shops").
Our Last Rummage Sale was the same as always, one last time: available rooms of the church transformed into boutiques selling toys, children's clothing, housewares, books, sporting goods, electronics (computers, tvs, coffee makers, cameras, etc.), women's clothing (skirts and slacks, blouses and sweaters, dresses, coats, lingerie), men's clothing (shirts, sweaters, slacks, suits), shoes for the family, linens, hats, purses, scarves, jewelry, and a popular department called the Cheap Boutique which sells just about everything else. The furniture department overflows and we collect special decorator items in our new Decorator's Den.
We again offered simple, inexpensive lunches and dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for workers and shoppers.
The primary purpose of the rummage sales has always been mission. Funds generated by the twice-yearly rummage sales support local, national, and international mission projects. But in addition, usable items that do not sell during the sale are given to local charitable organizations.