Time, talent, treasures make annual garage sale a success

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HARTINGTON — Many people donate their time, talent or treasures, sometimes all three, to the Holy Trinity Church garage sale.

This year a crew of 25-30 volunteers helped with preparation. But they are only part of the equation.

Those people who donate items for the sale, whether they are from the parish or another town, are important to the equation, too.

“The Garage Sale Committee is thankful to all those in our parish and from other towns who donated items to the garage sale,” said Lois Lammers, who is a member of the Committee, along with her husband, Lee.

Fr. John Pietramale, formerly a pastor at Holy Trinity Church, Mary Thunker, Judi Kuchta and LaDonna Heimes came up with the rummage sale idea in 2002 while looking for additional ways to help raise money for the parish.

“People have excess stuff all the time that they want to get rid of,” Pietramale said. “It is a way for people to recycle their stuff for a worthy cause.”

In the beginning, the bi-annual garage sale, held in the spring and fall, was held in the rectory garage and driveway. But after only a year, it outgrew the location.

Today, the Skylon Ballroom proves to be a great location because it not only has more than enough room inside, but also plenty of parking for customers.

Many hands are needed to prepare for the sale, and that preparation began about a week before the doors opened at 8 a.m., Thursday.

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