Clothing, sporting goods, musical instruments, tools, pet supplies, toys, books, furniture, art, linens, household goods, high-end items. That was some of what we saw at our Sacred Rubble Rummage Sale. Aside from all the amazing STUFF, there was love, organization, community, fundraising, laughter, sweat, commitment, dedication, creativity, energy and transformation. We had it all!
Over 900 people came through our doors to shop our amazing sale, and about that many volunteer hours went into creating this wonderful community event.
Sacred Rubble is us living our values and fulfilling our mission. “Transforming lives…” You bet! Here’s Cassie, who won our 50/50 raffle and is planning to take the money and buy a greenhouse to fulfill her daughter’s wish of having a garden. Winning that money will lead to a positive change for Cassie and her daughter–growing food, eating nutritious veggies, and sharing the bounty with their friends and family.
“Inspiring people…” The Dress Shoppe (that’s part of our sale where high-clothing items are placed) and the creativity that went into making a lovely space for people, painted a perfect picture of inspiring people. Dee, Annette, and Judi were not only volunteering their time, they were volunteering their ideas, their energy and their wish to make other women’s lives more beautiful.
“Making a difference in the world…” doesn’t just happen.
Gary Lock kept everything, and all of us, highly organized and motivated to build a different kind of rummage sale. We do our best to honor the goods that are donated. People trust us to do positive things with their items. Our neighbors in the Comstock/Cannon neighborhood, as well as our congregants, were encouraged to declutter and donate items that no longer served them, shaking off some of that mortal coil that can weigh us down. Many of us have too much stuff, and we’re happy to share. Gary made sure that we priced items low so that families, students, immigrants, people on fixed incomes, and everyone else could spend a little money to receive a lot.
Post sale we continue to spread the wealth around, and the ripples of generosity reverberate around the community. Leftover items went to the Center for Spiritual Living for their sale. Clothing suited to teenagers got donated to VOA’s Crosswalk teen shelter. Other clothing was given to East Valley School District for a textile drive, and the remainder will be donated to Goodwill.
Thank you ALL for donating your time, talents and treasure to our 2016 Sacred Rubble sale! Thank you for helping us make a difference in the world!