Thanks to the Cartersville Service League, area shoppers will have the opportunity to discover sizable bargains while helping support numerous children’s charities.
On Sept. 13, the rummage sale will kick off from 9 a.m. to 5 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 Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a bag sale Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. Sales will be cash only, with no checks accepted.
“Typically, we would have a rummage sale for each season,” said Mary Beth McDonald, who is co-chairing the sale with Cindy Bonner. “… This year, we’re consolidating so this is going to be our first rummage where we have all seasons. So everybody can get clothes that are not just for the fall and winter but there will also be summer items this year.
“So we’ll have one rummage this year and it’s going to have spring, summer, fall, winter clothing, but then in addition to clothing, it’s kind of a one-stop shop. There are housewares. There are furniture, books, dishes, toys.”
The events’ proceeds will be combined with money generated through the CSL’s Poinsettia Sale and Ways and Means Dance and dispersed to local charities next year.
In late March, the CSL presented a total of $51,390 to more than 25 organizations. The recipients included Advocates for Children, Autism in Bartow, Bartow Christmas, Bartow Collaborative, Bartow County/Cartersville Special Olympics, Bartow County Library System, Bartow County Teacher Grant Program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow County Women’s Resource Center Inc., Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, Cartersville Schools Foundation; Cartersville Schools — GateKey Scholarship, Backpack Buddies, The Etowah Scholarship Foundation, The Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity, Joshua Brown Foundation, Juvenile Court — Bartow County, Least of These, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Tranquility House, Steps of Faith, Bartow History Museum, Cartersville Little League, WinShape Camp for Communities and Bartow Health Access.
Established in 1941, the CSL is comprised of about 40 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and perform more than 60 hours per year of community service.
Some of their outreach efforts include volunteering with the Special Olympics, tutoring children weekly at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Cartersville Unit, conducting hearing and vision screenings for kindergarten students in the Bartow County School System; and distributing a weekly meal to Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter residents. They also equip area children with school supplies, gifts and necessities throughout the year.
“All of the money is kept locally, so all of the proceeds that we get from the different fundraisers we do through the year are distributed throughout the different charities that we donate to,” said CSL member Kory McDaniel. “It’s very important [to support these organizations], for instance the Boys & Girls Clubs … [assist] children [who] are there every day after school. They need people to come and help with homework. They need games and toys and equipment to entertain them. They need good strong mentors.”
Leading up to the sale, the public is encouraged to drop off donated items at the Cartersville Civic Center on Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about the Service League fundraiser, contact McDonald at 678-977-1681 or firstname.lastname@example.org.