ST. CHARLES – A bagful of books sat beside Michelle Sottile as she sat on the floor of a building at the Kane County Fairgrounds Sunday morning, sorting through dozens of children's books.
"I'm a homeschooler," the Geneva resident said, explaining she was using the annual St. Peter Barn Sale as a way to stock her library.
The barn sale, which benefits St. Peter Church in Geneva, was held Saturday and Sunday. It featured thousands of donated items, including antiques, books, china, glassware, furniture, clothes and toys. Whatever wasn't sold would be donated to various charities.
Sottile came to the sale both days, she said. She got everything she really wanted on Saturday, she said, and she returned Sunday to buy extras.
"It's a great cause," she said.
By mid-morning Sunday, much of the inventory had been picked over. For example, volunteer Lisa O'Leary-Volk said, about 65 to 70 percent of merchandise in the furniture department sold Saturday, the toy department nearly sold out the first day and the bicycles sold out within the first two hours.
Sunday, many departments offered discounted prices or $5 bag deals as a way to unload the rest of the inventory.
Dianne Denoon of Algonquin said she and her two daughters make it a point to hit up the Sunday sales. Foul weather, like Sunday's rain, isn't a deterrent, she said.
"We've always shown up. Always," Denoon said, a red and white umbrella tucked under her arm.
Indeed, O'Leary-Volk said, the rain didn't keep shoppers away from the indoor sale.
"Rain hurts, but it's not a deal breaker," she said. "Bargain-hunters will come out even in the rain."