St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill will hold its annual large rummage sale Sept. 6, the first Saturday after Labor Day.
Doors open at 9 a.m. and the sale is over at 3 p.m. Coffee and donuts are sold in the morning, and lunch is also served for a reasonable cost. so one can plan to spend the entire day. Admission is $2 a person. The line begins at the Parish Hall doors at 22 East Chestnut Hill Ave.
There is also an opportunity to shop on Friday evening, Sept. 5. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 a person, which includes light hors d’oeuvres and libations. Some of the higher-end departments may elect to charge a 20 percent mark-up. If one pays the $10 Friday fee, and retains the hand stamp, one will be re-admitted on Saturday at no additional cost.
What can be bought at this infamous rummage sale? Almost anything. Departments include:
• Antiques, art and collectibles
• The French Room, featuring better women’s clothing, shoes, boots, scarves and sweaters
• The Bargain Basement sells women’s clothing with a wide selection for teens
• Books, CDs, DVDs
• The Boutique sells new or gently-used gift items
• Children’s features toys and clothing for babies, toddlers, and youth
• Electronics – small and large
• Furniture of all shapes, sizes, and vintages
• Garden equipment, pots, tools
• Holiday room featuring Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving goods
• Linens including sheets, towels, tablecloths, bedding, crafts
• Men’s clothing and accessories
• Opportunity features household items, bric-a-brac, luggage
Ninety-five percent of the net proceeds are granted to nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region that serve the hungry and the homeless. Two of those groups have long-standing relationships with Saint Paul’s: Face to Face Germantown and Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network. Other grants have been made to Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels, the Welcome Church, Teen Challenge, Broad Street Ministries, House of Grace Catholic Workers in Kensington, just to name a few.
Items that remain after the sale are donated to other charities that help similar causes: Liberty Thrift Store is a prison ministry that helps bring the gospel to those in prison and then assists with housing and employment upon release; Whosoever Gospel Mission assisting those in need of shelter in the Philadelphia area; Seamen’s Church Institute, which provides service for those coming into the Port of Philadelphia who are often in need of warmer clothing; Impact Thrift Stores, which give grants to local organizations, and Teen Challenge in Germantown which through their New to You thrift store, helps support addiction recovery programs.
For more information, call the church office at 215-242-2055 or consult the church’s website: www.stpaulschestnuthill.org.