Establishing a loyal following over the years, the Cartersville Service League’s Rummage Sale will offer shoppers an opportunity to raise money for area charities. Starting on Thursday, the benefit will feature a wide range of items for sale, including clothing, baby items, household accessories, children’s toys, linens and furniture.
“We were just ... talking about this little lady that comes up every year,” said Veronica Frazier, who is co-chairing the event with Tonya Lutjens. “She has family that lives here, but she makes the trip from Florida every year to come to our annual Rummage Sale.
“It’s a little bit more than just your average yard sale. We have really good items at a really good bargain. ... And people like to support our community too.”
The Rummage Sale will kick off Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an early bird sale at the Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W. Main St. The initial offering will be followed by a half-price sale on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a bag sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Sales will be cash only, with no checks accepted.
The event’s proceeds will be combined with funds raised through other CSL benefits and dispersed to local charities next year.
In March, CSL distributed more than $26,000 among 16 organizations: Bartow Christmas; Bartow Collaborative, Give a Kid a Chance; Bartow County/Cartersville Special Olympics; Bartow County Library System, youth summer reading program; Bartow County Teacher Grant Program; Bartow Family Resources; Bartow History Museum; Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County; Cartersville Special Education; Etowah Scholarship Foundation; Hands of Christ; Bartow County Juvenile Court; Project SEARCH; Shop with a Hero; Steps of Faith; and Tranquility House.
“Funds are raised through our various fundraiser events throughout the year, such as Rummage and Poinsettias,” CSL President Traci Shropshire said. “This year, we have added a new one-day fundraiser event. We are having a Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Church.
“We also receive donations through local businesses who support the league and our mission. We have been very pleased of the support the league receives each year from the community and the money we are able to raise to put directly back into the community.”
Founded in 1941, the CSL is comprised of nearly 40 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and perform at least 60 hours per year of community service. Through their outreach work, various organizations and efforts receive support, including the Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Olympics and Advocates for Children.
“The Cartersville Service League is made up of 39 hardworking women that provide community service and raise money for many different organizations in Bartow County, especially those involving children,” Shropshire said. “The CSL is a nonprofit organization. Through the CSL, many local organizations that are not able to fundraise or obtain volunteers for themselves are able to receive funds by submitting grant requests. We pride ourselves in helping as many children in Bartow County as we can each year.”
For more information about the CSL, visit its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CartersvilleServiceLeaugeSince1941.