This year, once again, despite the dip in temperature, residents from Stettler and area had queued up outside the Curling Rink and Agriplex to get themselves some great bargains at the 76th Annual Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, Spet. 22 and 23.
The Frontenac Chapter IODE with the assistance of the Kinette Club had another successful rummage sale, according to Vivian Lowther, who was the convenor this year. Next year the Frontenac Chapter IODE will be taking over the sale completely.
“This year we had decided to change the layout of the tables a bit and it was a positive change by the feedback we received,” said Lowther. “A fundraising activity like this requires many hours of dedicated work, and I found that the volunteers we had were very willing to help.”
Lowther, who has been a member of the IODE for 26 years and has assisted with the rummage sale for a few years before she had joined, said that the sale had its own place in the community.
“It is something that is needed in our community, and provides recycling so that it is kept out of the landfills.”
Whether it was electronics, or books, or furniture, both the rink, and the Agriplex were well stocked with a huge array of goods and products, for a fraction of the original price.
“The rummage sale went very well this year,” Lowther said. “A few of us started unpacking and sorting in July so that we could work towards having Thursday off before the sale to get ready for the rush on Friday.”
The people in this community and the surrounding communities look forward to the sale to purchase children’s clothing for the school year, besides buying decorations for Christmas and other holidays, Lowther explained.
The money raised from the sale goes back to the community in the form of scholarships, school awards, donations to the library, hospital, and other local organizations, and according to Lowther, donations are also made to women’s shelters in Red Deer and Camrose, among others.
“This event, on such a scale, wouldn’t have been possible without the many volunteers who worked at the sale, and helped to get it set up, besides some people and local businesses: Lewis Mailer and driver John at LM Waste Removal; Henry Hennel at Hennel Metal Salvage; Kerry Short at Five Star; Can Pak Environmental Inc. in Alix; County of Stettler; Enerflex; Two Way Oilfield;, Lorisa Brower at Metalex; Stettler Minor Hockey; Stettler Wildcats; Stettler Lightning; Stettler Minor Lacrosse; Stettler’s Take it or Leave it program; besides all the school teachers and students. So thank you so much, you’ve helped to make our rummage sale a huge success,” Lowther stated.