Rummage Sale

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Rummage Sale Hours

Our 2019 annual parish rummage sale will be June 20-22. This sale is a huge cooperative event that raises funds for many local organizations and provides members in and beyond our community the opportunity to purchase great goods at low costs. 

Sale Hours

June 20, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
June 21, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
June 22, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ways you can help:

There are many ways that you can help (and have fun doing it):

  • First collect and save useable items that your family no longer needs: clothing and shoes in good condition, books, baby equipment and clothing, luggage, furniture, household goods and small electronics, jewelry, collectibles and decorations are all saleable. We CANNOT accept large appliances; TVs; bulky upholstered furniture like sofas; computers and monitors; large office furnishings like file cabinets; yard and garden chemicals; lighting fixtures or drapery rods. We will be accepting donations from 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16, through 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.
  • We will need lots of help setting up for the sale June 16-19. We’ll be setting up the displays and shelving starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Yes, it is Father’s Day…we hope a few of you Dads will be willing to spend a few hours helping out before relaxing for the rest of the day! Sorting, organizing and pricing this sale is big effort and also lots of fun. Lunches provided! All volunteers who give eight hours of their time to set-up are eligible to attend a private presale Wednesday evening.
  • During the sale we need cashiers, carrying help, and folks to keep reorganizing the merchandise. We also appreciate volunteers who bring food for the helpers (sandwich fixings, snacks, pop, hot dishes and desserts are all good but salads are the biggest hit of all)! Food donations can be dropped off in the kitchen anytime all week.
  • Clean-up on Saturday afternoon is also a big effort; we will need lots of folks who can help out, beginning at noon and ending around 3 p.m. If you have a pickup and are willing to drop off left-over goods elsewhere, your help will be especially appreciated.

The rummage sale is an excellent opportunity for students to contribute volunteer hours toward their school requirements. Give us a call or send us an email!

See you at the sale!

Karen Karn 612-709-8412 (new phone number as of May 28)

Thank you for contributing to our sale.

Tax receipts available at entrance door.

We CANNOT accept these items:

  • Televisions and electronics such as computers, printers and monitors, stereos, CD and cassette players, VHS players and tapes
  • Drop-side cribs, mattresses, headboards
  • Large appliances (washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, microwaves)
  • Car seats older than 5 years
  • Large office furniture (metal desks and filing cabinets, boardroom tables)
  • Large exercise equipment (treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines)
  • Drapery rods, lighting fixtures, chandeliers
  • Chemicals and paints
  • Encyclopedias
  • Artificial Christmas trees and garland
  • Upholstered sofas and easy chairs

Thank you for understanding.

History of the Rummage Sale

Recycling our Excess and Serving the Less Fortunate at our Annual Rummage Sale

Way back in 1983, the Holy Name Quilters Group puzzled over how they could raise the funds to buy quilting materials to keep their fingers busy making warm quilts for the many groups that counted on them. They settled on a rummage sale and deposited their first proceeds, $731.56, on April 29. In those days, that was just enough to keep them in fabric and batting for the coming year. A success! Led by head quilter, Pat Faue, they decided to make the sale an annual event and eventually began making even more money than the quilters needed for their ministry. Assisted by many members of the Faue family and friends of the quilters, the group was able to grow the sale to an event that allowed them to generously share thousands of dollars with local groups that serve families in our community.

By 2007, the whole operation had outgrown the Quilters and became a project of the entire Holy Name of Jesus Community. A committee of parishioners plans the event and organizes more than a hundred volunteers to carry off this sale every June. This is not just an opportunity for Holy Namers to get trendy and “simplify our lives” by cleaning out our closets and garages, though that’s great, too. Rummage sale veterans look forward to the camaraderie that emerges among the community of workers that sort through the donated goods, looking for the occasional gem among the mundane worn t-shirts, dusty books and dented kettles. There has to be a treasure in there somewhere!

One of the key elements of the mission of the rummage sale is creating an opportunity for inexpensive shopping for people who need to stretch their budget to the max. Families with children find affordable baby equipment, school clothes and slightly used toys. Penniless young people find the furnishings and dishes to set up their first apartments and a bicycle to get them around campus. The elderly poor spend hours sifting through piles of stuff for little treasures that will brighten their days. And all of us look for that perfect item to enhance our wardrobes and a book to enlighten our minds. It’s a blessing all around.

The committee also sends vouchers to IOCP and local pregnancy care centers inviting selected clients to shop for free at the end of the sale. Other charitable organizations come to collect items: the NPH orphanage; Trinity Missions, which provides coats for ex-convicts; Home Free shelter for victims of domestic violence, Southside Family Nurturing Center for disadvantaged families of preschoolers and many others. Holy Name School gets playground equipment and used uniforms. And then there is the couple who picks up hundreds of pairs of used shoes to ship to the shoeless masses in Africa…Bless them! These gifts-in-kind are just a small extra benefit but mean a lot to the organizations who receive them.

The rummage sale, which now nets well over $10,000, still funds the excellent work of the Quilters, who so faithfully sew and tie quilts for the homeless and babies and abuse victims. The rest of the funds go to the Interfaith Outreach Welcome Baby Project, Cradle of Hope, the Life Fund, Northside Life Care, Southwest Options for Women, Birthright of Minneapolis, Phoebe Ministries, Home Free, Southside Family Nurturing Center and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, all organizations that support families in our community. The good that comes from selling all of our excess stuff is enormous!

updated May 2017