GAMBIER — The annual Harcourt Parish rummage sale that occurs every fall will begin on a Thursday this year. With an increase in the amount of donations received, the sale will begin on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. and end with the bag sale on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For those who are unfamiliar with the sale, the Harcourt Parish is the Episcopalian congregation that worships at The Church of the Holy Spirit on the campus of Kenyon College. The sale started in the 1960s and has grown in donations, volunteers and in proceeds ever since.
“In the spring, Parish and community volunteers pick up donations of items from Kenyon students who are leaving campus at the end of the school year. These volunteers store the donated items over the summer, clean and repair whatever is necessary, and then hold a rummage sale in the fall to offer those goods at very reasonable prices to returning and new students, and to anyone else who attends the sale,” said Kachen Kimmell, who heads up the rummage sale.
In preparation for the sale, two weeks prior all the donations are brought out of storage and transported to the Gambier Community Center where it is then organized and priced. Kimmell said that local residents assist in the task as members from the East Knox F.F.A. club will bring their trucks to load up the donations and then Kenyon College football players will be on hand to unload.
Donations come anywhere, from students leaving campus in the spring or folks who may have left something behind when going home after a conference held in the summer. Kimmell mentions that the rummage sale has helped local residents as a way to clean out their home in certain situations, such as helping a friend to clean out an elderly parents’ home and to assist them with things they don’t know what to do with or don’t want to throw away.
“It’s almost like a type of counseling service or therapeutic service because we come in and we help them with a situation that is difficult for them because they’re closing down a house,” said Kimmell.
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