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St. Dominic Catholic Church plans annual rummage sale

Leigh Ann Laube • Aug 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Saturday morning’s annual rummage sale at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Kingsport will feature thousands of items, all priced to move and raise money for the church to continue its missions work.

Doors will open at 7 a.m., although the sale has attracted buyers who line up as early 5 a.m., said volunteer Chris Terry. The sale will end at noon.

Many of the church’s 700 families donate items to the fund-raiser, including clothes; computers, monitors and peripherals; linens; kitchen items; books; videos; music recordings; bicycles; furniture; toys; equipment and home decor.

Money raised, typically in the thousands, serves ministry needs within St. Dominic, but also aids outside charitable organizations like Hope House and the Interfaith Hospitality Network.

“If there’s a church that has a need, we try to help,” Terry said.

Money also will be used to provide coats, shoes and backpacks to those living in several Southwest Virginia coal mining communities.

About a hundred volunteers spend a couple of weeks in advance preparing for the sale by collecting items, sorting and pricing them.

“It takes us between two and three weeks to set it up,” Terry said. “We collect those items two to three weeks in advance.”

The rummage sale will also feature a bake sale, with fresh cookies, cakes, breads, pet treats, pies and canned goods.

St. Dominic Catholic Church is located at 2517 N. John B. Dennis Highway.

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