20 Tips for Making Rummage Sales Successful

Whenever I mention my youth ministry's rummage sale to people, they usually ask in disbelief, "You're really doing that again?"

To be sure, rummage sales are a ton of work; but as a youth worker, I love how they encourage people to purge in a culture that encourages consumption. Even though successful sales still require help from adults, rummage sales are also do-able for high school youth who can help sort, organize and price items in preparation for the sale and welcome, guide and help people on sale day.

Rummage sales are also great because they allow you to raise money from people outside your church community. At the same time, they provide a much-needed resource for people. Low prices enable those who otherwise cannot afford goods to shop with dignity and purchase items for their families. By donating unsold items to charities who can then sell them in their resale shops, rummage sales also benefit others long after they end.

With that in mind, here are 20 tips for making your rummage sale a success.

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Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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