GODFREY — How can something old be new? During the 50th anniversary rummage sale sponsored by Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road, shoppers can always find something new to them.
Coordinated by a dedicated group of women in their 80s and 90s, the sale (cash and checks only) will be from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 11. A pre-sale from 4 to 7 p.m. on April 10 (with an admission of $2 per adult, free for children) allows shoppers to get a jump on items.
Proceeds go to seven local charities including the Crisis Food Center, Oasis, Options, Hope Community Center and the Salvation Army.
“Unless you see it, you won’t believe it,” rummage sale Executive Committee officer Jane Nimmo said. “It is set up as a department store, using four classrooms and the lobby. There is a seasonal section, as well as children’s, men’s, and women’s sections. Everything is very clean, in great condition, very reasonable and prices are well-marked.
“Last year we raised over $4,500, and in some years have reached a total of $5,500. The rummage sale is a charity thing … we have to take care of each other and this is our way to help.”
The volunteers take care of everything, including planning, advertising, organizing and overseeing the event, with a separate committee helping to set up and do the physical labor that goes with the endeavor. Security and assistance to vehicles also are provided.
“Our oldest committee member is 94 and I am simply in awe of the women who do this every year,” Nimmo said. “They are the most giving people I have ever met and phenomenal women.”
Angus Naylor, 94, and Florita Duncan, 90, oversee the bake sale. The sisters have a tradition of competing against each other to see who bakes the most for the sale, with proceeds going to church community members in need. There will be hot dogs, brats and pulled pork prepared by the “Chefs for Christ” and available for purchase, and Boy Scouts will be selling kettle corn. Tables will be set up outside for dining.
“The rummage sale is our church in action,” Nimmo said. “(This) is a community effort and everyone steps up and gives so much to the community, and it does my heart good.”
For more information on the sale or how to volunteer, call (618) 466-3624.