What a Bargain!

The church hall at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was filled with excited shoppers and many unique items for sale on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31.

This was all thanks to the annual Women’s Guild Rummage Sale, bringing parishioners and the public alike together, to buy everything from books to toys to clothing to jewelry to tools to furniture and art, and even electronics. People bring their unwanted or unneeded things throughout the week and donate them to the church. The church then hosts the rummage sale, inviting everyone to come bargain-hunting.

“The best part is working with all the dedicated volunteers,” said Joan Sochacki, one of the many people who work tirelessly throughout the week setting up tables and organizing and pricing items. Joan and her husband, Walter, are chairmen for the event and have been participating for seven years now. They said the rummage sale has been going on for about 20 years.
“We usually put the money earned into whatever Father Nolan asks; this year we’ll be buying new tables and chairs for the church hall,” Joan says.

Many shoppers find that they can put their purchases to great use. One man, who spends most of his time sailing with his wife, bought a quantity of stuffed animals offered at the sale, planning to give them to children he had met on an island on a recent trip; they had never seen stuffed toys before. It must have been my lucky day, as I found an excellent 20-foot-long toddler fence which I have set up for my rescued rabbits to come out and play in. They have so much fun doing laps; it’s hard to get them to go back into their cages!
So what happens to any leftover items that haven’t been bought?

“The furniture is usually delivered to the Genesis House and the unpurchased jewelry is sold online for the church. Everything else is donated to local charities,” said Claire Berube, who has been a volunteer for six years. “It’s all thanks to the wonderful teamwork of the many volunteers. We’re all tired at the end of the day, but it’s a lot of fun.”

Article written by Coral, 7th grade parishioner, Immaculate Conception Parish, Melbourne Beach