Church prepares for annual Flea Market

On August 27—the last Sunday in August—downtown Niles hosts a large antique fair.  On that day, downtown Niles  Boulevard is closed to traffic, antique and food booths are set up, and hordes of bargain-hunters descend on the town, providing buyers for our own flea market and largest fundraiser of the year, right in our own Fellowship Hall. Between selling our cast-off treasures and renting parking spaces in our  lot, last year we raised $9,000.

To prepare for the sale, our congregation and friends clean closets, garages, and storage units and donate used but good, working items to the church. These wonderful treasures are sorted, priced, displayed, and sold throughout the month of August. This gives everyone a good chance to find some great bargains before the actual flea market takes place.

Starting Monday, July 24, unwanted treasure may be brought  to the Fellowship Hall on Sundays, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., whenever office staff is in the church (see the schedule on page 5), or by appointment: call Alta Jo Adamson, The Flea Wrangler, and she will arrange to open the church.

Here are some suggestions for donations: tools, books, toys,  games (with all the pieces), jewelry, hats, purses, musical instruments, china, glassware, antiques, tools, collectables, knick-knacks, holiday decorations, linens,  blankets, working small appliances, patio accessories, office supplies, children’s small furniture, trunks, shoes, chairs, desks, and other small furniture, exercise equipment, sporting goods, and more!  Please DO NOT bring:  clothing, sofas and other large, heavy, furniture; large drapery rods, sinks, toilets, and soiled, broken, or non-working items.

Where is the fellowship we’re talking about?  Why, it’s every day in August!  We need weekday volunteers for all aspects of the sale—sorting, pricing, and selling. We can also use volunteers with trucks or vans to help with hauling items to the church.

The Saturday and Sunday of the Flea Market weekend are staffed by church volunteers in two-hour shifts throughout the day. These hours are especially important to fill. Generally speaking, the whole congregation rolls up its sleeves and pitches in, and it is actually loads of fun.

See Marilyn Singer during coffee hour to sign up for a work slot, and watch the announcements for  further details. See Bill Palleschi to sign-up to work on the big weekend, August 26-27.

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