‘Winter Garage Sale’ is a hit
You could say garage sale season began Jan. 27.
Yep, it was chilly outside. And garage sales are typically a warm weather phenomenon, of course.
Thus, Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center held its first “Ultimate Indoor Garage Sale.”
Shoppers checked out clothes, knick-knacks, toys, books, sports equipment, bath powder, home-made crayons, coloring books and more at 12 booths staffed by young people in a spacious gathering area.
Profits will help send 31 youths and adult church leaders to this summer’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) national youth gathering in Houston, Texas.
“So in essence it’s like 12 garage sales under one roof,” Faith Lutheran pastor Barb Streed said. “So people can come in the middle of the winter and feel like they’ve done a whole block of ‘garage sale-ing.’ So it’s been great. And the kids have taken leadership on each of their own booths. So that’s really cool. They’re here to man the booth, answer questions about their trip to Houston if people would like to know about it, and just try to recycle some good stuff.
“I think it’s really a ‘God’ thing that we’re going to Houston,” she said, “because a lot of what we’re going to do is service, and just considering what happened to Houston last year (with major flooding). I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ So our kids are working hard to get enough money to get down to Houston.”
The youths brought stuff from home in hopes of making a profit.
Kylie Franko, 17, of Dodge Center, said she had raised about $150 as of Saturday afternoon.
“I enjoy getting all this clutter out of our house,” she said. “That was the big part of it.”
Streed said she enjoys seeing the young people in action and taking leadership.
“But more than that I love watching the people come, specifically because they want to support the kids,” she said. “And I like it when they find something that’s a treasure for then. It’s just a ‘feel good’ kind of day. We have an amazing community. Dodge Center, Dodge County. People support each other. It’s pretty awesome.”
Faith Lutheran works with NP Community, a non-profit company in Rochester which collects garage sale-type items once a week from a bin outside the church.
Staffers were scheduled to come Tuesday to take most of the left-over items – from which the church still gets 10 cents per pound to benefit those young folks.