A rummage sale which has been held at Grace Episcopal Church, in California’s St. Helena, every year since 2001 has raised around $54,000 this year. The rummage sale is held to benefit orphans in Uganda and Russia. The sale has all kinds of items, from board games to antique French furniture which is sold at a later event in Bourne Hall.
The first sale to be held was in 2001 and organised by Norm Manzer, who wanted to fund teenagers in St Helena to travel to a summer camp in Russia and volunteer to help the orphans. Since that time, two orphanages have been opened for Russian teenagers, as well as another in Uganda that homes the young children whose parents have died as a result of aids. Melissa Munoz-Matheny and her husband Braulio managed the sale this year; they were delighted at the number of people who turned up for the sale and as volunteers for the four day event. Local donors give items which they no longer want, alongside residents who discover bargains. The antique furniture is reserved for a high-end sale that takes place after the rummage sale.
For those people who would rather browse antique furniture in an antique store – and give separately to charity – than attend a rummage sale, there are a number of antiques shops in the UK that display some fine pieces. For anyone interested in furniture items like antique desks and bookcases, the Ribble Valley has antiques dealers who will be able to demonstrate a selection of items.
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