Parish rummage sale to benefit missions

For the Daily Call

PIQUA – Are you in the market for a pop-up camper or new patio table this summer? Mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, when the St. Mary and St. Boniface Mission Committee sponsors its fifth annual Rummage Sale to include these items, plus hundreds more too numerous to mention.

Chairman Don Stonerock said the “largest rummage sale in the area” will get under way at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 8, and continue until 6:30 that evening at the Caserta Activity Center, 218 S. Downing St. The sale will continue Sunday, July 9, from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All proceeds, noted Stonerock, are used to support missions in both Chile and Guatemala as well as the parishes’ twinning relationship in Dominica.

“The idea (of a sale) originated at the suggestion of the Rev. Thomas Bolte, pastor of both parishes,” Stonerock said. “Over the years, we have raised more than $10,000 and supported Ted and Maruja Gutmann-Gonzalez in Chile and Sister Sarah in Guatemala. We also support twinning, which is a relationship we build with the people of Dominica and enables parishioners to visit the island or bring Dominica residents to visit Piqua.”

In addition to the pop-up camper and patio table, shopper can expect to find appliances, books, craft supplies, decorative items, dishes/glassware, electronics, furniture, games, garden/patio accessories, holiday decorations, linens, office furniture, sports items, lawn mowers, snow blowers, wall hangings, tools, toys/puzzles, vintage items and much more.

Throughout the two-day sale, a food stand will be open for patrons to purchase coffee cakes as well as sloppy joes, hot dogs, chips, homemade desserts and beverages. Complimentary religious articles also will be available, along with fabulous finds from the St. Clara Ladies’ purse/scarf/jewelry boutique. Stonerock added that, “Baked goods are sold and these items seem to go real fast. You want to get there early, if possible.” Paul and Rosemary Gutmann of Piqua can be contacted for additional baked goods donations.

Because of the vastness of the sale, planning begins almost immediately after each year’s sale draws to a close. “We take items all year round,” explained the chairman. “The only items we do not accept are clothing and old-style television sets; flat screen TVs, however, are acceptable.” Donations are kept in storage units in the St. Boniface garage as well as area storage units.

“Due to the increase if items Jerry Voisinet, a member of the Mission Committee, has been generous in allowing us to store items at Piqua Lock and Storage.”

“The amount of work required is enormous,” continued Stonerock. “We have two days to set it up and one day to tear it down”, added Stonerock, who acknowledges the generosity of other mission committee members and parishioners.

In reflecting back to previous sales, Stonerock counts a dog pen among the most unusual items donated for the event. “We got a large dog pen the first year and it sold rather quickly,” he recalled. “Another couple who had recently moved to the area needed beds and other furniture and were so grateful for the items they bought. I remember the husband and wife both crying because of the deals they obtained by coming to the sale.’

Those who have items to donate can contact Stonerock at (937) 773-2400 or the parish offices on South Downing Street.

“We have a crew of parish members that can transport donated items,” Stonerock said. “Once you notify me, I’ll make arrangements for pick-up.”

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