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Fox Valley Presbyterian Church to host rummage sale

GENEVA – Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva, will host one of the largest rummage sales in the region to benefit several local missions of the church, officials said.

The rummage sale will be at the church from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, with a half-price sale that day from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and a fill-the-bag-for-$5 sale from 10 a.m. to noon.

A bake sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Items for sale will include furniture, housewares, sports equipment, clothing, toys, games, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, linens, books, office items, music and holiday supplies. 

The church took a year off from its annual sale last year, because of construction to its education wing, said Kathy Jacobsma of Geneva, who is co-chairwoman of the event with Alice Leite of St. Charles.

Now, the new space has wider aisles and more space for all of the rummage sale items, so the event space is set up like a department store and each area has coordinators who organize and display the items, Jacobsma said.

“This is quite a big operation,” Jacobsma said. “It’s 7,000 square feet, all indoors and air conditioned. Members have been storing items in basements and brought them all to church over two weeks.”

Jacobsma said because the sale offers coffee pots and popcorn poppers, as well as dishes, cups and mugs, students going away to college might like to pick up some inexpensive items.

She said organizers hope to raise $15,000 to $16,000 to benefit local missions of the church, including helping the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Hesed House, Lazarus House, CASA Kane County, Fox Valley Hospice, Mutual Ground, TriCity Family Services, the South Shore Drill Team, Salvation Army, Stephen Ministries, Third Friday Community Dinners and Living Waters. 

Living Waters is the only non-local charity on the list. Its mission is to bring water filtration systems to the poor people of Guatemala.

The rummage sale requires the help of about 100 church volunteers, she said. 

More information is available by calling the church office at 630-232-7448.

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