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Early bird gets the worm at the St. Gall rummage sale

by Caryn Haller

Volunteer Carmen Bowman folds a scarf as she prepares items in the shoes and accessories department for the annual St. Galls rummage sale.
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Since the first fundraiser in 1989, the annual St. Gall rummage sale has quadrupled in size, and changed locations.

“It’s incredible how much it has grown, and the fact we are still able to get willing volunteers to help is amazing,” committee member Katie Weber said. “We are always amazed by the things that are donated. People can’t find better deals anywhere in the world.”

The St. Gall Mall returns 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville.

The mall offers shoppers more than 15 departments including seasonal, books, clothes, appliances, outdoor furniture, electronics, housewares, linens and boutique.

“Everything works and is clean,” Weber said. “Come early Friday for the best deals.”

On Monday, a team of six volunteers folded and hung the remainder of the children’s clothes.

“We have a variety of sizes for all ages of children,” department head Mary Young said. “ When they come in grungy, people take them home and wash them. We care about our items.”

For the avid reader, the book department contains thousands of titles to keep a bookworm busy for years.

Genres include romance, mystery, science fiction, music and art, religion, nonfiction, fiction and children’s.

Volunteers have spent 20 hours a week for a month researching the value of each book, and pricing them up to 50 percent off.

In the collection, they found a 1905 New York Times cookbook valued between $250 and $350.

“There’s probably not too many of them around,” department co-chairwoman Karen Williams said. “We have some signed stuff which brings the value up. What makes a book valuable, too is if it has its original dust jacket.”

Anything that does not get sold is donated to the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Lions Club, Abbey’s Crossing, Tahoe-Douglas Elks, and Douglas Animal Welfare Group.

“Nothing goes to waste. It all goes to another charity,” Weber said. “All metal, paper, glass, plastic, cardboard or broken items gets recycled.”

The St. Gall preschool will be selling coffee, donuts, hotdogs and soft drinks.

For more information, call 782-2852.