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An indoor garage sale makes an excellent church fundraiser

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Kristen Wilkerson

Is your church group looking for a fundraising idea? If so, take a bit of advice from Lansing's Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ. In April, 2012, the church put on an indoor spring garage sale event, created with donated goods from its members.

Why host a garage sale indoors? As unpredictable as Michigan spring weather can be, the temperate environment of an indoor sale simply makes sense. Weather is not the only motivator, however. Floors allow elderly shoppers sure footing, and items can be locked up at night. Organizationally, similar items such as books or toys can be put out in separate rooms. This makes it easier for shoppers to locate the items.

Churches have the benefit of selling donated goods as a non-profit organization. The people who supply the items potentially receive a tax deduction for their donations as well. Many church groups go door-to-door or offer pick-up services for larger items, such as vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, or even scrap metal. This service usually increases donations and allows single parents or retirees a way to easily discard unwanted clutter.

Members of the community often look forward to annual church garage sales because of the social time and great deals they offer.


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