Rummage sale returns to St. Thomas for two weekends
by Ed Wendell
Jul 11, 2017 | 4410 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I have a pile of books in my office, mostly paperbacks. I have no idea how many I have, I’ve never counted them. They’re in no particular order and cover all genres. The only thing they have in common is that they are all used and they were all purchased at the St. Thomas Rummage Sale over the past few years.

The St. Thomas Rummage Sale has become a tradition, and it is back for the next few weeks at Monsignor Mulz Hall at 88th Street and Jamaica Avenue. Inside, you’ll find clothing, furniture, electronics, music, video, games, shoes and so many other things that you never knew you needed.

You never know what you’re going to find when you walk through those doors.

“A lot of people in the parish donate items they no longer want or need and we sell them,” says Richard Kaiser, one of the event’s organizers. “It’s a lot of work, but a tremendous amount of fun. We never know what we’re going to see.”

Over the years they’ve received a lot of interesting, and valuable, items.

“Old jewelry, old lamps, artwork,” he explained. “Some of it we’ve been able to sell and get a good price for it. We’re very grateful and appreciative to everyone who donates items or volunteers their time to help us sell it.”

But not every item at the rummage sale is rare or expensive, quite the opposite. Most of the items at the rummage Sale are quite cheap.

“With all of the money we raise during that sale, what’s amazing is that most of the purchases are for one or two dollars,” Kaiser said. “It’s truly amazing how many items come in and go out of that building during that event.”

One resident showed me a terrific purchase he made this week, a book about the history of baseball in New York. Inside the book was a section on Dexter Park, including a beautiful picture of Yankee Hall of Famer Babe Ruth right here in Woodhaven! The price for the book? Fifty cents!

If you still own a VCR, you can make a killing at the table where they have tapes for sale. There’s also a lot of music on CDs and albums and tapes.

The electronics section is always interesting. They had a turntable and eight-track player last year that caught my eye. I would have snapped it up if I didn’t already had one. This year, my goal is to get an old movie projector that plays 8mm and Super-8.

And it’s also a great social event, because you’ll likely know several of the volunteers staffing the tables or some of the fellow bargain hunters.

Last year, we ran into a young couple that had just moved to Woodhaven, and with rents the way they are, money was a little tight. They found a beautiful crib and a stroller for their newborn, and they were able to buy them cheaply.

Another friend of ours was able to pick up an extra walker for his elderly parent because her old one was falling to pieces. It’s amazing the things that you’ll find at the St. Thomas Rummage Sale.

The thing to remember is that if you don’t see what you are looking for, come back in a few days because someone may have dropped one off as a donation since you were last there.

The St. Thomas Rummage Sale will be open on Saturday and Sunday the next two weekends (July 15 and 16 and July 22 and 23) from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

And if you would like to donate used items to the sale, you can drop them off Monday through Thursday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.) They will not be taking any donations after July 20.

Look forward to running into some of you at the sale. Happy hunting!

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