Parish's giant rummage sale reaps good will, funding for programs
Published: July 22, 2010
APPLETON, Wis. (CNS) -- There are rummage sales. And then there are really big rummage sales. For the annual rummage sale at St. Bernadette Parish in Appleton, think department store size. Not only are there lot of items, they're arranged by departments. The sale is set up in the parish school, with each classroom serving a specialty: toys, books, crafts, tools, sports and furniture. Even the hall coat hooks sport purses and backpacks. The gym houses clothing and baby items. And expect department store-type service. Clothing is arranged by size and color and everything has been cleaned. Men of the parish repair furniture items and check electrical appliances. Pickup of donated furniture and delivery to the elderly and those without a truck is available. "For me, the key to a sale is (being) clean; it has to be washed, clean and organized," said co-chair Karen Jensen. "You can't have everything thrown on a big pile. People aren't going to dig." For three years, Jensen and Kim Oskar have chaired the event, planned this year for July 29-Aug.1. Jensen, an avid rummage "saler," joined the sale when she moved to the parish 14 years ago. The sale had been going on several years before that, but things really changed when Oskar joined the team. "I had heard through the grapevine that there was a great sale and I came to check it out," Oskar told The Compass, newspaper of the Green Bay Diocese. "And I noticed that on some of the older things, the antiques, the prices were way too low."
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