Mountains of deals and treasures
Cars lined the winding driveway and packed the large parking lot of Grace Chapel March 10 for the opening evening of a two-day rummage extravaganza. Now in its 10th year, the sale has generated more than $125,000 over the past nine years.
"People in the community have given a lot of stuff," said Jake Schwein, pastor of worship and justice at Grace Chapel. "We're hoping that this year puts us over that $200,000 mark."
Organizer Lauren Pickthorn say that it's impossible to gauge the number of donations that go into the sale and that size can only be determined "the mountains of stuff." But the rummage sale isn't about turning a profit for the church.
"This started with one goal in mind and that is to give away 100 percent of everything that we make to the community, specifically to target hunger and poverty in the Wilsonville area," Schwein said.
Organizations are chosen through an online application process and funds generated at the sale are then distributed like a grant to help fight hunger and poverty. Besides the monetary donations to charity, Schwein said that the sale also acts as a resource for the low-income community where they can buy quality things for a very affordable price.