ST. MARYS — Numerous residents flocked to Holy Rosary School to check out the annual Holy Rosary Garage Sale, which started on Thursday and runs through Saturday.
“We’ve had a very good first day — for the first half of this first day,” Holy Rosary Garage Sale Co-Chair Peg Larkin said.
She noted there were people waiting to get in to the building before she even arrived Thursday morning to open the sale.
“We had lines down the sidewalk and at the back door to get in at 8,” Larkin said. “When I came at 10 after 7, there were people here.”
The Holy Rosary Garage Sale encompasses the first floor of Holy Rosary School — including classrooms and the gymnasium.
“We have furniture in one room, arts and crafts in one room, toys in a room, clothing,” Larkin said. “The different rows in the gym are mainly clothing. We also have knickknacks, kitchen items, bedding.”
The Holy Rosary Garage Sale, which started in the 1980s and which was originally held at the Armory, also nets proceeds, in conjunction with the Holy Rosary Festival, to go toward the school and the church.
“It’s been around for a long time,” Larkin said. “Susie (Halko) and I took over the chairing of it, this is our ninth year.”
A difference in this year’s sale, Larkin noted, was the timing.
“Usually, we are the week before the festival,” she said. “With the school starting later and ending later, we had to go to the week after the festival.”
Larkin added the Holy Rosary Garage Sale is manned by volunteers — some of whom who have worked at the garage sale since its inception.
“Many of the ladies who’ve worked for years at the sale are still working,” she said, adding they also have younger parishioners who have helped with this year’s sale. “We couldn’t do it without the work of the people who donate the items. We have a crew that comes in, and they sort through every item and they price it and place it.”
Larkin said volunteers started June 7 by getting the gymnasium and the classrooms ready for the sale. They began accepting items on Wednesday, June 8, and also accepted items that Thursday. They postponed accepting additional items because of the weekend’s festival, and then again accepted items Monday and Tuesday.
“Wednesday we came in and made sure we had everything out and priced,” Larkin said.
She added volunteers connected with the school, such as the secretaries, custodial staff and Principal Lora Krugh also assisted with this year’s sale.
In addition to volunteers manning the sale — including different display tables and the check-out tables — volunteers also help box everything up that doesn’t sell.
“On Saturday, the things we have left we will put in the trailer and St. Vincent de Paul will take it,” Larkin said. “We also work with the VFW — they take mens clothing and shoes — and they take it to the veterans hospital in Dayton.”
She noted they also donate items to a church-affiliated organization, The Flying Squirrels, who will take items to those in need in Appalachia. Larkin noted they also offered to give items to Agape Ministries, but Agape was full at the time. She added they also donate items to various nursing homes in the area.
“I feel the items that had been donated go to help a wide variety of people in different situations,” Larkin said.
The Holy Rosary Garage Sale continues until 4 p.m. today and will go from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Holy Rosary School.