Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 8 am to 5 pm will be the 12th annual Rummage Sale at the Puyallup United Methodist Church located at 1919 West Pioneer Puyallup, WA 98371-5211. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Family Renewal Shelter in Tacoma. Ruth Tervol, volunteer for the Puyallup United Methodist Church and AARP Taxaid, shared what she thought of the event, “This year I asked if we could have the event inside because of the weather. We’ve had tremendous results obtaining proceeds from $7,000 to $10,000. This is extra money that isn’t in the shelter’s budget.
The office for the family renewal shelter is located at 6832 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98408. There are 5 different confidential shelters in Pierce County and some are in Puyallup.”
Ruth discussed the best thing about the event, “It ensures ongoing care for the women in these shelters (battered and abused women) who cannot go home and have no home to go to and they feel cared for and loved. They can have anything that comes into the rummage sale for free. They get clothes and one lady is leaving the shelter and moving into an apartment. She is able to get a toaster and coffee maker. It’s a wonderful thing that we can do for these ladies.”
Ruth mentioned what many people may not know about the sale, “Everything we put out for sale is cleaned and repaired. The whole community gets behind it and they help price, clean, and get things ready. The church welcomes all visitors; we have very open hearts, minds, and doors including anyone who wants to come in and love Jesus with us.”
When asked how this sale was different compared to others, Ruth replied, “Everything is clean. (Ruth laughs) we don’t put out soiled things; we wash them or throw them in the garbage. It’s exciting because we have total community support.”
She recommends anybody attend this event, “A lot of collectors come, second hand shoppers, continuous garage sale shoppers, and many people who have nothing. One family told me that if it wasn’t for our rummage sale, there would be no nice clothes for them to wear. We do have children’s clothes and nice things. One mother told me because of our sale her teenager had clothes like everyone else. We had one Spanish speaking person buy shoes for all his family and extended family. We sell our shoes for 50 cents a pair and he bought 25 pairs and was excited. They are all excited. Our paperback books are 5 for $1 and 3 for $1 for hard back books. There are lots and lots of books. Many people come and buy from the box full. We’ve had a lot of books donated this year. People can also buy one paperback book for 25 cents and 50 cents for a hard back book.”
For people that are interested in donating items for the rummage sale can bring their donations to the Puyallup United Methodist Church between 9 am and 7 pm the week of July 23, 2012 and donations will be accepted until 4 pm on July 26, 2012.
For more information about the rummage sale, please call: 253 845-8947. “We are a mission oriented church and have the rummage sale to take care of people in the community. It’s such a joy for the shoppers to find something that they’ve been looking for or something they really want or need. You can get lots of nice shoes for people that really need them. I like to see their face light up when they find a pair of $50 shoes for 50 cents,” Ruth concluded.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com