Trash ‘N Treasure to unleash bargains

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by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor


THE 28TH ANNUAL Trash ‘N Treasure Sale is set to take place at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Falls News file photos by Verla Peichl THE 28TH ANNUAL Trash ‘N Treasure Sale is set to take place at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Falls News file photos by Verla Peichl For the 28th consecutive year, the St. Paul Lutheran Church Friends Club Trash ‘N Treasure Rummage Sale will signify the unofficial start of the area holiday shopping season Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls.

This year’s event is set to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. under the direction of Trash ‘N Treasure Chairperson Lorrie Wilson, who is known to many as the “Trash Queen.”

At 9 a.m., hunderds of bargain hungry shoppers will be lined up awaiting the opening of the doors to thousands of bargains.

Whether they are looking for a unique vase, a special book or a rare antique, all shoppers are sure to have plenty of items to select from.

Twenty-eight years ago, two friends, Evy Hoegger and Lorrie Wilson, saw an opportunity to have a rummage sale to earn some extra needed money for the St. Paul Friends Group.

Little did they know their idea would transform into the largest rummage sale in Sheboygan County.

Evy Hoegger is credited with coming up with the name, Trash ‘N Treasure Sale, since at early sales, recyclables were also collected and turned into cash.

Currently, the sale consists of a brat fry, bake sale, Christian greeting card sale, as well as the large volume of rummage and antique items.

According to Wilson, all items are, “priced to sell.”

“Over 90 percent of the items collected are sold,” Wilson said. “Many church families, as well as individuals from the community donate items. People save items all year long for this sale.”

Trash ‘N Treasure organizers will accept all working, clean and useful donations.


ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH in Sheboygan Falls will hold the 28th annual Trash ‘N Treasure Sale Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Falls News file photo by Verla Peichl ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH in Sheboygan Falls will hold the 28th annual Trash ‘N Treasure Sale Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Falls News file photo by Verla Peichl A few items will not be accepted, including televisions, outdated microwave ovens and large appliances.

Donations will be accepted on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Friday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Paul Church.

“I hear many comments from customers, such as how they never miss this sale and that they mark their calendar right after the previous year’s sale to save the date,” she said. “The large number of repeat customers is part of the sale’s success.”

The sale has grown from one large room in the early days to now include 15 classrooms and an outdoor sale area for larger items.

The sale features 12 different speciality areas including: Antique Corner, The Bookworm (puzzles, paperback books, CDs, tapes, records), Toy Chest (toys, games, dolls, stuffed animals), Jewel Box (jewelry offerings), Shoppe for the Holidays, Cedar Chest (bedding, pillows), Select-a-Sport (all sports equipment), Handyman (tools), Crafty Lady (arts and crafts), Off the Wall (plaques, pictures, frames, clocks), Holiday Shoppes (décor for every holiday), and Green House (plants, baskets, planters).

Due to the large volume of merchandise, over 75 volunteers are needed to successfully manage the sale.

Room captains are assigned to each specific area and are responsible for pricing and displays.

Youth groups from the St. Paul Church confirmation program also assist in the kitchen and with parking.

“Without the dedication of so many outstanding volunteers, this sale wouldn’t exist,” Wilson said. “I am very proud of the people who work with me. Many have been working at the sale from it’s inception 28 years ago.”

To expedite checkout times, express lanes have been added. In addition, a will call area is also available for shoppers who want to continue shopping and have their early selections set aside.

The general and outdoor sales begin at 9 a.m. The half-price sale starts at 1 p.m. and a special $1 a bag and $3 cart sale begins at 2:30 p.m.

“It’s amazing to see how many people come back in the afternoon for the special sales,” Wilson said.

In previous years, remaining merchandise after the completion of the sale has been donated to the Goodwill Store in Sheboygan.

From the sale’s humble beginnings in which $1,000 was raised in the first year, a grand total of $140,000 has been collected over the past 27 years.

Wilson says the Trash ‘N Treasure Sale has not only been profitable, but also a blessing to the church and people in the commu- nity.

Funds have been used to support various mission opportunities and projects at St. Paul Lutheran Church, as well as many other humanitarian donations within the community.

Various funded projects include the purchase of Conformation Bibles, hymnals, organ maintenance, stained glass window installations, Fontanni Nativity sets marble bench, lighting for bell tower, youth mission trip support and Christmas stockings, which are distributed at the Sheboygan Falls Food Pantry.

Leftover items from this year’s sale will be donated to the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice Resale Store.

St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at 730 County Road PPP.

For more information, call Lorrie Wilson at 467-6880.


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