Presbyterian Church planning biggest rummage sale ever

| November 13, 2018

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Fourth and Chestnut streets, will hold its biggest rummage sale in its 200-year history. Doors open at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Friday’s sale will have friendly people, as well as signs posted, to help our patrons with pricing and purchases. They also will have people available to help carry purchases to your vehicles. That day’s sale ends at 3 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17, is bag day. Beginning at 9 a.m. again, patrons will purchase a white kitchen bag for $3, or a black trash bag for $5, then fill them with items from the tables and racks. Electronics, furniture, collectibles, and any baby furniture will be on the stage at half price. Saturday’s bag sale ends at noon.

Please use the Fourth Street entrance directly into the fellowship hall. However, an elevator is available for those who need it, reachable by the south-side entrance to the chapel.

A favorite feature of the rummage sale is the bake sale, which will feature cookies, brownies, fudge, sweet breads like pumpkin and cranberry, no bakes, and pies by the slice.

On the stage will be furniture, electronics, and other large items like luggage and sweepers.  Another favorite attraction will be the display of Christmas items.  Along the north wall will be racks of women’s clothing.

Along the fellowship hall’s south side will be two tables of women’s shoes and boots. Next, will be racks of books, cookbooks and magazines. The church’s Heavenly Delights 197th Anniversary three-ring cookbook will also be for sale.

The middle of the fellowship hall usually has five rows of tables each, loaded with wonderful stuff. This fall’s rummage sale will only have four rows of tables, separated by wider aisles. The first row will have collectibles and linens. In the second row of five tables will be glassware and house wares. The third row will somehow hold crafts, medical supplies, personal care Items, and more house wares, plus lots of miscellaneous. In boxes underneath these tables will be overflow items, floral supplies, decorative tins, baskets, and picture frames. Women’s clothing, including tops, sweaters, shorts and jeans, will be arranged on the fourth row of tables according to size, from small to 3X.

For the past three years, the fall and spring rummage sales have used the church’s small dining room to hold a kids’ boutique. As usual, there will be tables of boys and girls clothes, sorted in boxes from newborn to large in pre-teen sizes. There will be a rack of children’s dress-up clothes and winter coats. There will be toys, books, shoes and boots, baby equipment, puzzles and games.

Because this rummage sale will be so big, an exciting feature is being added – a man cave. This large room will hold racks of men’s shirts, outdoor coats, robes, suits and suit coats. On shelves will be men’s dress slacks, hats, belts, shoes and boots, gloves, socks, underwear, pajamas, plus T-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, and polo shirts.

The new man cave will also feature office supplies, adult puzzles and games, pet supplies, CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes. It will have gardening items, automotive, tools and equipment, light bulbs of all sizes, sports and exercise equipment, as well as fishing items.

The church’s spring and fall rummage sales are held by the Presbyterian Women (PW). This is the biggest all-church event, where men help in all phases. Steve Clark, husband of PW Moderator Debbie Clark, is a vital help in set-up, package lugging, and tear-down. Glenn Kinkade, husband of Sally Kinkade, rummage sale coordinator, helps in sorting donations into sealed and labeled boxes during the months preceding each event. Glenn also helps with anything needed during the week of the rummages sale.

Boy Scout Troop 406 comes to the church Monday evening, Nov. 12, to remove boxes and large items from storage, placing them where they can be opened and items arranged on tables and shelves.

The rummage sale enables PW to support many mission projects in the community. Most importantly, people can buy gently-used items at reasonable prices.

Halloween items were given to Chestnut Crossing, where PW has a summer program for the children. Twin and full sheet and pillowcase sets have been saved for Coshocton’s new sober house project. After the rummage sale ends Saturday at noon, all remaining furniture, electronics, house wares and Christmas items are saved for Habitat for Humanity’s RESTORE. Everything else is taken to Journey’s End Ministries in Newcomerstown.

The Elks lodge on Chestnut Street also has planned its rummage sale to coincide with the church’s two-day sale, so that people of Coshocton will make a day or two of shopping at both rummage sales.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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