the first congo RUMMAGE SALE

Organized by The Woman’s Society

Woman's Society color logo
First Congo branded border for hero banners

Our Spring Rummage Sale is cancelled, but…..


Our semi-annual all-church Rummage Sales are Woman’s Society’s largest undertakings. Sales of the proportion to which these have grown wouldn’t be possible without the generous support and involvement of all of our church members. Over 250 people come together each October and April to help Woman’s Society. Sale profits are then shared with non-profit agencies close to home and around the world as well as the First Congregational Church of Western Springs.

For questions or additional information regarding the sale, please email

DONATE your gently-used rummage. Unfortunately, we cannot accept the following:

  • Books (except children’s books that are part of toys)
  • TVs/Computers/monitors, all electronics, cables
  • Printers, printer cartridges
  • Fax machines
  • Cell phones, phone chargers or telephones
  • Infant car seats
  • Cribs
  • Large sofas/furniture
  • Unframed mirrors or large heavy mirrors
  • Chandeliers, or any hard-wired light fixture
  • Ceiling fans
  • Paint or toxic chemicals, building materials
  • Mattresses, box springs, sofa beds
  • Large area rugs





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.

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.


1. Sign up to donate food items (list available when you register) to the volunteer staff working the sale.

2. Sign up to volunteer for the sale for as much time as you have to give. Free childcare is available. Older kids are welcome to volunteer, too! Volunteers who work at least 3 hours can shop early on both evenings!

3. Be a part of the Green Team and join the recycling and trash removal effort at The First Congregational Church Rummage Sale. Help is needed to remove the buildup of cardboard, paper and metals and ensure these items get recycled.

While advanced sign-up is preferred, last-minute walk-ins are welcome and must sign in upon arrival.

Donation Locations

Location NameAddressDetails
(708) 388-7800
Will pick up gently used clothing and household items.
(708) 354-0858
9601 East Ogden Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
Each client who comes to BEDS is either homeless or their housing is threatened. Call to donate goods and food.
Big Rig Books
(708) 205-1516
A mobile literacy outreach initiative encouraging reading and providing books for children in economically challenged, underserved communities.  They accept new and gently used children’s books.
Bob’s TV and Metal Pick up Service
(630) 235-0387
CRT TVs, computer monitors, flat screen TVs, plasma TVs, large appliances, copy machines, hot water tanks, lawn mowers, tools, bicycles, and more.  Call Bob to set up a free pickup.
Chicago Furniture Bank
(312) 752-0211
4801 S. Whipple
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.  For information about what they will accept and to schedule a pickup (there is a fee), call or visit their website.
Cradles to Crayons to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive.
Electronic Recycling Collection
(630) 407-6700
451 Commerce Street
Burr Ridge Public Works
Proceeds benefit the developmentally disabled.  Computers and peripherals, office equipment, small home appliances, home entertainment items.
Goodwill Store & Donation Center
3054 Wolf Road
Westchester, IL
Will sell your new and gently used items in stores or on and use the revenue generated to provide employment training and job placement services.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
869 S. Rohlwing Rd. (Rte. 53)
Addison, IL 60601
Items must be approved prior to donating.
The Honest Junk Co.
(773) 733-2745
4801 S Whipple St. Suite A Chicago, IL 60632Chicago’s only nonprofit junk removal service.  Sister company of Chicago Furniture Bank.
The Hope Chest
(708) 482-0359
305 W. Hillgrove
La Grange, IL
A nonprofit retail shop that donates proceeds from sales to a domestic violence shelter.  They accept gently used in-season women’s clothing, purses, scarves and jewelry.
Off the Street Club
773- 533-3253
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
Manned Donation Drop Off
1S337 Summit
Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 60181
Corps Manned Donation Drop-off 7 days a week from 10AM – 6PM.
Salvation Army Thrift Store & Donation Center
7511 Lemont Road
Darien, IL, 60561
Store Hours: 10am–8pm
Monday – Saturday
Sharing Connections
5111 Chase Ave
Downers Grove
Enabling families and businesses to share their gently used furniture, household items and clothing with families needing assistance. The list of items they will accept can be found on their website.
WIPECO / Chicago Textile Recycling Co, Inc.
250 N Mannheim Rd., Unit 0162
Hillside, IL
Accept used clothing, shoes, household linens in recycling bins