While most sales take place at the churches, three are nearby. The St. Louis Rummage Sale moved a year ago from its school’s steamy gym and cafeteria to the air-conditioned activity center. St. John’s is located at its schoolhouse, formerly a Batesville school, on Columbus Avenue just west of Batesville Intermediate School. Holy Family’s event is located in its former school.
Contributions to sell come from not just church members, but the public. Jeremy Smith notes, “We like to tell people only to donate something that they would like to get themselves. No junk, please.”
Schroeder says, “If we get something that’s bad, we don’t even put it out.” Items with missing buttons, rips and stains go in a free box.
“What makes our sale unique is we sort everything,” says Pam Scheele, who co-chairs the Holy Family Super Rummage Sale with Dottie Hoff. “It’s like walking into a department store. The clothing is sized. All the jeans and denim are measured. Upstairs we try to have some controlled chaos,” with separate rooms for books, curtains and other stuff.
“We start collecting in November,” then sort and place items in the right rooms. “We really don’t put out anything that’s trash.” She recalls opening bags to find a dead mouse, used jockstrap and other questionable donations. “We have a lot of dumpsters.”
What’s most popular with shoppers? St. John’s does “pretty good with exercise equipment, any kind of household stuff, appliances, furniture and pictures in frames. We get brand new comforter sets that they’ve never used, sheets and pillowcases still in their packages.”
At St. Louis, furniture, antiques and children's clothing and toys are gone first. Home school materials, household goods, purses and bicycles are being sold at Batesville Christian Church.