2021 Holy Name of Jesus Rummage Sale Has Been Cancelled
HNOJ's annual parish rummage sale has been canceled for this year, due to the unpredictability of the Covid-19 pandemic and the logistics of maintaining Covid precautions for such a large event. The safety of our customers and volunteers is just more important than our mission of providing inexpensive shopping and benefiting local organizations in our community.
Thanks to all the potential volunteers who came forward to say they would work at the sale if we had one and to our organizers who have already spent a good deal of time and energy considering our options.
If you have been cleaning house and downsizing and have goods you would have donated to the sale, consider delivering them to one of the many other worthy organizations who could use them. ARC Value Village in New Hope is a great one, benefiting the special needs committee.
Some of the organizations which are usually supported by the rummage sale include IOCP Welcome Baby project, Cradle of Hope, the Life Fund, Abria NorthSide, Southwest Options for Women, Phoebe Ministries, Birthright of Minneapolis and Missions Inc Home Free, all groups that serve families and women in our community. Check out their websites to see the good work that they do and if you are impressed, consider a contribution.
It was with great regret that it was decided not to hold the rummage sale in 2021, since it is always a great community-builder (we have a lot of fun along with the hard work). Let's hope we'll have the biggest, best-ever sale in June, 2022!
Thanks for all your support of the rummage sale in the past.
Karen Karn, Lani Schlundt, Mary Jo Zidwick , Mike Kayser, Shirley Schneider, Bobbi Stinger, Pat Karn, Beth Dust, Glenna Slattery, Karen Hayes
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