Books & Bling & Other Things

April 26 and 27, 2024, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The annual church sales are now one big sale. In recent years, our church has successfully sponsored two separate sales. One was Books & Bling. The other was a rummage sale. This upcoming spring, these two sales will be combined into one big blowout event!

“We are calling the sale Books & Bling & Other Things,” says Meredith Meyer, a board trustee who has been instrumental in improving our church fundraising potential. “By combining these fundraisers, we look to double the potential of each without doubling the efforts.”

This annual sale is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Plans call for the sale to be held the last weekend in April every year as a fun event that both church members and community members can look forward to, and those building our church budget can count on!

As in past years, any donations of books and “bling” (e.g., jewelry, purses, and scarves) are welcome. As for the “other things,” donations may include household items, home décor, framed art, tools, toys, sporting goods, musical instruments, collectibles, antiques, and smaller furniture pieces (that is, small enough to be easily moved by one or two people.)

“We asked members to do their own pricing last year, and it worked well, so we will be asking the same this year,” says Barbara Rohrer, the sale coordinator. “This approach allows volunteers to concentrate their efforts on creating attractive display areas that enhance sales. We suggest that members price their donations at 10% of full retail, if they are looking for guidance. Of course, all items for the sale must be clean and in good working order.”

DVDs, CDs, old electronics will not be accepted for sale, nor will any promotional item (e.g., water bottles with the name of a local hospital). “These items simply do not sell,” says Barbara. “Nor do magazines, so we won’t take those either.”

She adds that no date has been set yet as to when church members can start bringing their donations to the church for this annual sale. “But nothing is stopping any of us from beginning the process of sorting through our books, our jewelry boxes, closets, and basements for those unwanted and unneeded items that could be just the thing others are looking for!”

Seventy-five percent of the proceeds from this sale will go to this year’s operating budget. The remainder will go to the Clara Barton Guild, which supports special church projects, scholarships for the annual women’s retreat, and donations in keeping with UU principles.

For more information, contact Barbara Rohrer at:

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