Mission commission holds sale

MINSTER — In an ongoing effort to raise money for area charities and families in need, a local mission commission recently held its yearly garage sale.
The St. Augustine-St. Joseph Mission Commission held its 29th annual garage sale last week at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Minster. This three-day sale, which ran from July 18-20, raised between $8,000 and $10,000 this year, estimated Karman Snyder, co-chair of the garage sale committee.
“We always pick the hottest week in July,” Snyder joked, as temperatures reached into the mid-to-upper 90s all three days of the sale.
Despite the heat, the community came and checked out what the garage sale had to offer, which included items both inside and outside of the hall.
“There are three tents of furniture, a tent of shoes and a tent of toys,” she said. “And there’s bikes and exercise equipment in between. The back room is holiday (items), books, purses, video tapes. This is kitchen, nicknaks, bedding, clothes, and then front entry is all hanging-up stuff — dresses and suits and coats and stuff.”
Some of the items for sale were left over from the community garage sales held in the spring, she noted. The rest of the items are collected all throughout the year from members of the community who donated.
Along with the generous donations of items collected each year for the sale, Snyder noted the many people who also help make the garage sale possible. Along with Snyder, there are three other co-chairs on the garage sale committee who help organize and run the event: Ellen Plieman, Mary Albers and Kendra Sommer.
“Any Mission Commission person that would want to help comes to help whenever they can,” Snyder added. “We started (last) Sunday morning at 8 a.m. putting up the tents. Then we have the confirmation kids — this will be their service project,” she said. “So we have some of them sign up and they can help and they get to haul all the stuff we have in storage here. And then we just set it all out, we price everything.”
Without the help of the many volunteers, Snyder said the garage sale wouldn’t be possible.
“I just want to thank everybody that helps and those that are even behind the scenes,” she said. “There’s a lot of people that aren’t here, but that do help those that are working. And those that can’t work here, they donate food, they donate the baked goods. I don’t want them to be forgotten.”
While the garage sale items more than filled the allotted space at the K of C Hall, Snyder noted there seemed to be less than in years past.
“It’s maybe a little smaller, but understandably, with the economy the way it is,” she said. “They’re hanging on to their stuff. Monday was a pretty average day for the first day. Tuesday was a slower pace, but steady.”
Wednesday featured a clothing special that attracted a number of customers — $3 for a paper bag of clothes. All other items were half-priced Wednesday.
Proceeds from the annual garage sale will go directly back into the community, she noted.
“Some goes to families in need in the area, Agape, the soup kitchen in Sidney — it kind of gets divided as best as we can,” she said. “On average, we bring in between $8,000-$10,000.”
Many area families benefit from the garage sale; without the sale, many adults and children would simply go without, Snyder noted.
“We see the need in the community, that there’s a lot of people who can’t afford it,” she said. “If it wouldn’t be for the (sale), there’s a lot of them that wouldn’t be able to have the clothes to go to school — especially with the economy right now.”
The families purchasing the second-hand items aren’t the only ones who benefit from the sale, Snyder said.
“Everybody benefits — those that clean out their house, those that need it and then those that we help with the money that we raised from here,” she said. “So everybody wins in this situation.”