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There are tag sales, rummage sales and yard sales!

But few compare to the Great Recycle Sale at the First Unitarian Society in Ithaca provided to the community each August. 2015 makes it the nineteenth year—the longest ongoing and biggest sale of its kind in Ithaca. What makes it unique is two-fold. First, as a green congregation, the sale aligns with one of the Unitarian’s main principles—a belief in caring for our planet earth. Secondly, rather than just finding stuff laid out on card tables in someone’s driveway, the entire church and it’s parish building is turned into a “mall” for easy shopping.

Throughout two summer months of gathering items from our community, chaos reigns as the merchandise arrives and is stored in unused rooms. Then like magic, during the week prior to the sale, many volunteer elves begin to sort the hundreds of boxes and bags of contributed goods—an overwhelming task. The items get organized, priced and set up into small shops for easier shopping. Each room becomes a specialty store: books and CD’s, linens, housewares, crafts, electronics, shoes, art, jewelry, sports, gardening, tools and furniture.

The pricing system is tiered. The first day, quality, clean merchandise is reasonably priced; the second day everything is half price. The third day everything that remains is FREE for a donation. Various social service agencies are called in to take whatever they need for their projects. These include Women’s Opportunity Center, Samaritan Center, Friendship donations and the Migrant Farm Workers Service Project.

If you’re a new student seeking housewares, a grandparent stocking up on toys for visiting kids, or looking to add some new holiday ornaments to your collection, don’t miss this amazing opportunity to do so with few dollars.

Where: First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, Aurora & Buffalo Streets
When: August 22nd, 9am-4pm; 23rd 10am-4pm; 24th 10am-2pm
Contact Co-chairs: Marie Benedetti a 319-0867 or Carol Whitlow at 272-6529; Media contact Elizabeth Einstein 272-2552

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