Rummage Sale

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Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the First Congregational Church of Western Springs made the difficult decision to cancel its Annual Spring and Fall Rummage Sales until further notice. These sales have been a long-held, beloved outreach tradition of the church and will be sorely missed by hundreds of people who donate to, volunteer, and shop at the sale as well as the many non-profit organizations and social service agencies who have come to rely on shared profits from the sale.

How You Can Help During the Pandemic:

First Congo has launched a fundraiser to help make up some of the money lost from cancelling the sale. (The spring and fall rummage sales typically net around $30,000 each, and all sale profits support numerous charitable organizations close to home and around the globe.)So, while faithful rummage volunteers and shoppers can’t come together physically, we can come together still to help those organizations who need help now more than ever. Financial donations of any amount will be gratefully accepted and are fully tax deductible.

There are Two Ways to Give

We hope to welcome you back to our sale soon!  When it looks favorable to hold another sale, we will be sure to publicize it well in advance.Thank you for helping us help those in need. Take care of yourselves and your families and may God’s Grace shine upon you.Blessings,The Woman’s Society and Your Congo Rummage Team

GENERAL INFORMATION on RUMMAGE SALES (when we’re able to come together again):

VOLUNTEER your time by helping outAdvanced signup is helpful, but is not required.Come when you can for as long as you can! Free childcare is available Saturday–Tuesday morning and older kids are welcome to volunteer, too!This is a community-wide event, so bring your friends and neighbors!

FOR VOLUNTEERS: A SignUp Genius button will be made available as we get closer to the date.

DONATE your gently-used rummage via our convenient drive-through service in the church parking lot onSat. from 9AM–1PM & Sun from 1–3PM.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept:TVs, computer/monitors, printers, fax machines, infant car seats, cribs, large sofas/furniture, unframed mirrors, chandeliers, ceiling fans, paint or toxic chemicals, food/liquids, mattresses, large area rugs/appliances.

FEED the volunteers by providing food or beverage items.

FOR VOLUNTEERS: A SignUp Genius button will be made available as we get closer to the date if you wish to donate food.

SHOP RAIN OR SHINE!

Volunteers who work 3 or more hours are entitled to presale shopping on both days. But whether or not you volunteer, you’re welcome to shop and enjoy savings galore! The sale is a bargain-hunter’s dream. Cash and local checks accepted.

PRAY
for the hundreds of volunteers and countless shoppers who support this sale year after year and for those who will receive financial support as a result. All profits are donated to charities close to home and around the globe.

Donation Locations – 2020

Location NameAddressDetails
AMVETS
(708) 388-7800
donatestuff.org
Will pick up gently used clothing and household items.
BEDS Plus
(708) 354-0858
beds-plus.org/ways-you-can-help/
9601 East Ogden Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
Each client who comes to BEDS is either homeless or their housing is threatened.
Big Rig Books
(708) 205-1516 bigrigbooks@gmail.com
Big Rig Books is a mobile literacy outreach initiative focused on fostering recreational reading beyond the classroom by encouraging reading and providing books for children and families in economically challenged, underserved communities and underperforming schools. They accept new and gently used children’s books.
Bob’s TV and Metal Pick up Service
(630) 235-0387
CRT TV’s, computer monitors, flat screen TV’s, plasma TV’s, large appliances, copy machines, hot water tank, lawn mowers, tools, bicycles, and many more items. Call Bob to set up a free pickup time.
Chicago Furniture Bank
(312) 752-0211
chicagofurniturebank.org/donate
4800 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60644
The mission of the Chicago Furniture Bank (CFB) is to provide dignity, stability and comfort to Chicagoans moving into supportive housing by providing them with a place to hand-pick an entire home’s worth of furnishings. Contact them for info on what they accept and to schedule a pick up (there is a fee).

The Community Shop (708) 354-3803, 13 Calendar Court, La Grange: The Community Shop, a thrift store and donation center, a program of Pillars Community Health has closed permanently.

Cradles to Crayons (cradlestocrayons.org/chicago/): Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

Electronics Recycling Collection (620) 407-6700 – 451 Commerce Street, Burr Ridge Public works: Proceeds to benefit the developmentally disabled. Computers and peripherals, office equipment, small home appliances, home entertainment items.

GOOD WILL (708) 562-6166 – 305 South Wolf Road, Westchester: When you donate your new and gently used items, local Goodwill organizations sell them in stores or on shopgoodwill.com and use the revenue generated to provide valuable employment training and job placement services for people in your community.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore (630) 517-2080, 869 S. Rohlwing Rd. (Rte. 53), Addison (gohabitatrestore.com): Items must be approved prior to donating.

The Hope Chest (708) 482-0359, 305 W. Hillgrove in La Grange: A nonprofit retail shop that donates 100% of proceeds from sales to their domestic violence shelter. They accept gently used in-season women’s clothing, purses, scarves, and costume jewelry.

Sharing Connections (630) 971-0565, 5111 Chase Ave, Downers Grove (sharingconnections.org/): Sharing Connections brings together community members by enabling families and businesses to share their gently used furniture, household items and clothing with families needing assistance. Call or visit the website for the list of items they will accept.

Off The Street Club (773) 533-3253 (http://www.otsc.org/): Founded in 1900, Off the Street Club is Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club. We currently serve more than 3,000 kids in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country, West Garfield Park. 

Salvation Army 1-800-SA-TRUCK – 1S337 Summit, Oakbrook Terrace: Corps Manned Donation Drop Off, available 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm.

Family Store & Donation Center 7511 Lemont Road, Darien: Store Hours: 10am–8pm, Monday – Saturday