Staffed by more than 400 volunteers, the church collects thousands of clean, usable items throughout the year from clothes and accessories to furniture, antiques, electronics, appliances, sports equipment, décor, household goods and many more. Over the course of a year, volunteers collect, sort and organize these items to get them ready for the sale. Open to all—both local and out of state—the Rummage Sale takes up 40,000 square feet of space inside the church and two circus tents full of sale items cover the church’s parking lot.
“Rummage is a year-long event here at First Presbyterian. It takes thousands of hours of volunteer work by hundreds of volunteers to make it such a huge success,” says Jeff Howard, First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest elder and co-moderator of the Mission Committee and Rummage sub-committee. “Rummage would not be possible without the tireless efforts of these volunteers.”
Since its inception in 1950, this event has contributed more than $5 million to First Presbyterian’
“The Rummage Sale serves as a wonderful fellowship opportunity for church members and the community,” says Reverend Dr. Christine Chakoian, First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest’s senior pastor. “It also sends precious dollars to our mission partners while serving low income families. It’s truly a sight to see.”
On the day of the sale, shoppers can park in the Lake Forest city lots, at the Lake Forest Metra station parking lot and on the street, unless otherwise marked as a “no parking” zone. A free Rummage Sale shuttle will pick-up and drop-off patrons from the city and train parking lots. Cash, check and credit cards (Visa or Mastercard) are accepted at the sale.
First Presbyterian will continue to collect donations for this year’s Rummage Sale until April 14. Donations should be clean; free of odors, stains, tears, holes; and, if applicable, in working condition. Breakable goods should be stored in sturdy boxes and clothing in large, sturdy plastic bags. Donation items can be dropped off at the church from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.
For more information about donating goods or about the Rummage Sale, contact the church at (847) 234-6250 or visit www.firstchurchlf.org.
About First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest
First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest strives to proclaim Christ’s message, provide a community of spiritual nurture and promote God’s vision of justice. Worship is at the heart of the organization and its mission outreach, study groups, faith formation programs and fellowship opportunities grow out of the desire to love and serve the Lord together. Since its establishment in 1859, the church continues to reflect the goals of its founders—to live together as a community dedicated to Christian life and to betterment through education and benevolences—