Community Church readies annual garage sale
Ryan Summerlin June 3, 2014
On Saturday, the Park City Community Church will host its annual garage sale that will feature truckloads of gently used furniture, clothing, tools and household items.
The sale will run from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and is one of the church’s biggest fundraisers of the year.
The best part of the sale is that all the proceeds made will go back into the community, said volunteer Andrea Solum.
"Locally we give money to the Christian Center of Park City, Peace House and Habitat for Humanity Summit and Wasatch Counties," Solum said during an interview with The Park Record. "With the money, they are able to do the things that they need to do in their organizations."
A portion of the money is also donated to the Park City Community Church’s Kenya project that helps the Kenya Kithoka Children’s Home/Education Outreach.
"Each year the church helps assist in the home’s efforts toward sustainability," Solum said. "The money goes toward the children’s orphanage, the local public high school, school-feeding program and other community development projects. This year, the group that goes to Kenya will help build a well."
Furthermore, all the items that aren’t sold will be given to Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
"They will use the items to raise money for their causes as well," Solum explained.
The size of the sale has grown over the past few years and has become tradition for some of its regular shoppers, she said.
Donations have come from all over Summit County.
"This whole month we have taken donations every Saturday and it is insane how generous people have been with their donations this year," Solum said. "We didn’t think we were going to get many things because of the different refurbishing stores that have opened lately. But we got a ton of furniture. Our church is overflowing this year."
The sale will also feature baked goods, which is something the sale has offered for at least 10 years, Solum said.
In addition to drop offs, Mountain Movers venture into the community to pick up large-item and resellable donations for the church.
"They do this out of the goodness of their hearts," Solum said about Mountain Movers. "They use their discretion in selecting the items we can sell, and they have been busy this year."
That is good news for the sale, because this is the first year that Shining Starts School, a nonprofit, cooperative preschool and kindergarten, will not be part of the sale.
The school, which used to be housed at the Park City Community Church, moved to the Shepherd of the Mountains Church.
"We were worried that since the school wasn’t going to be involved this year we weren’t going to get a lot of the regular donations for families, but we did," Solum said. "There are tons of tools, clothes and toys. You name it, we’ve got it."
And the collecting is not finished.
"We will still accept donations every day from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. up until Saturday, even though we’ll be organizing things for the sale this week," Solum said.
The things the church isn’t accepting are electronics, stuff animals, ski equipment and books.
"It is surprising that we aren’t accepting books, but we’ve learned that people just don’t buy books," Solum said.
Every year, the sale raises between $10,000 and $20,000.
"Some years have been better than others, but the range of the funds raised is amazing," Solum said. "It’s also great to get out into the community and the Kenya project."
The sale will run from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and people have been known to arrive by 7:30 a.m. and earlier to line up to get in, Solum said.
This year’s setup will be different than in the past
"When people go upstairs, they will get a bag and will be able to fill it for one price," Solum said. "So anything that fits into that bag from the items upstairs will only total $5."
The downstairs area will feature the big-ticket items — furniture, tools, and house wares.
"It will be filled with chairs, tables, beds, dressers," Solum said. "It’s crazy."
With so many items to keep track of, Solum said the church is still looking for volunteers to help during the next couple of days and during the sale on Saturday.
"We need volunteers to help sort the items," she said. "So if they are available any day this week, between 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., we would love them to show up."
Volunteers can just show up, or they can call Solum at 435-659-1848 or email the Park City Community Church at email@example.com
The Park City Community Church, 4501 S.R. 224, will host its annual garage sale on Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The sale will feature furniture, clothing, kid toys, art, recreational items and more.