Rummage Sales

Thanks to all who supported our Spring Rummage Sale
on Fri May 5th & Sat May 6th, 2017! 

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Looking to do some house cleaning, as well as support St. Matthew's Episcopal Church community outreach efforts?  The Spring and Fall Rummage Sales are two of St. Matthew’s most important outreach initiatives.  Twice a year we rescue thousands of items from moldering away in basements or filling our landfills, we sell them to treasure hunters looking to give them a new home, and, what is left, we donate to the needy through the Rescue Mission.  Through one event we do good for the planet, for our local community, and for the larger Body of Christ!  Along the way, we have great fun, build friendships, and enjoy wonderful food.  So, please clean out your closets, donate your gently used treasures, and pitch in a few hours as we once again get ready to Rummage!



Donations:  We accept clothing in good, clean condition, electronics in good working order, gently used toys, linens, house-wares, etc.  No analog TVs or adult books. Larger furniture items need to be approved by a chairperson.  By law, we cannot accept child car seats, baby cribs, medical supplies, propane tanks, oil containers, flammables, or tires.  Please place your donations in Belmont Hall or on the Church porch. 



Rummage Sale Update - 2016

Once again, the St. Matthew’s community went above and beyond in executing the Spring Rummage Sale.  A special thanks goes out to the joyful volunteers who helped make it happen.  All told we had close to fifty different people pitch in, including twenty-four who showed up and cleaned up in record time Saturday afternoon. Thank you!

We believe that Rummage is about far more than the money we raise.  We impact people in ways dollars don’t measure. Let us give you two examples. First, Rummage creates space to make real connections as a community. Saturday morning, we had Sylvia Hunt and Kay Krisulewicz running the checkout table. For two and half hours, these two remarkable women from two very different generations talked freely, shared stories and worked together. I suspect that without Rummage, that connection would never have been made. 

Second, we are helping struggling communities in Haiti and the Phillipines. Anyone who has worked Rummage has heard about our friends, the Haitians. Inez and Marie come each sale and bargain and haggle and shout and cajole. We are convinced that they do it as much for sport as for getting the best deal. After all negotiations are over, they leave with 30 to 40 bags of goods that they ship to families in need in Haiti. This spring, Marie and Inez had company. A woman from the Philippines and her husband purchased 10 bags for those in need in the Philippines. Without the Rummage Sales, these people would have to go through much more effort and expense to collect the items that they ship overseas. In a small way, our efforts support this type of direct international aid. 


The Three D's of creating true happiness for all:
Declutter -  remove all unwanted items from your home
Donate - to your local charity (St. Matthew's Rummage Sale)
Deduct - save money by claiming your donation on your tax return

POC: Please contact Joe Lawver at 609-937-6177 or jlawver@yahoo.com