On Thursday, the benefit will kick off from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an early bird sale at The American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42 in Cartersville. The initial offering will be followed by a half-price sale on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a bag sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Sales will be cash only, with no checks accepted.
“[The sale will offer] a wide range of items,” said Tonya Lutjens, CSL member and rummage sale assistant. “We just had somebody drop off a rocking chair. There’s new clothing, golf shoes. It is everything you can think of. There’s furniture. There’s kitchen appliances, radios, strollers. There’s everything. The only thing we can’t sell are car seats because you can’t resell those.
“... Last year was my first year, so I can only speak from last year’s experience. It was a lot bigger than I expected. Thursday and Friday were busy but Saturday was swamped because it’s the bag sale. So you can pay $20 for a bag and you can fill it to the top. It was really busy. It is definitely something that I think people watch for ... because you have people asking beforehand — ‘When is the rummage sale? Have y’all set a date?’”
The event’s 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 April, CSL distributed a total of $46,000 among 21 organizations: Advocates for Children, Bartow Christmas, Bartow County Special Olympics, Bartow County Library System, Bartow County Teacher Grant program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow Family Resources, Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, Cartersville Schools Foundation, Cartersville Schools Foundation — GateKey program, Etowah Scholarship Foundation, The Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Hands of Christ’s Douglas Street site, Bartow County Juvenile Court, Least of These, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Tranquility House, Steps of Faith, Bartow History Museum, Cartersville Little League and WinShape Camps for Communities.
Established in 1941, the CSL is comprised of about 40 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and perform at least 60 hours per year of community service.
Some of their outreach efforts include tutoring children weekly at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Cartersville Unit, volunteering at the Cartersville Public Library and the Special Olympics, conducting hearing and vision screenings for kindergarten students in the Bartow County School System, and providing a weekly meal to Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter residents. They also equip area children with school supplies, gifts and necessities throughout the year.
“We definitely focus on serving the children in Bartow County,” said Michele Ledbetter, CSL’s first vice president and past Project Search chairman. “That is our main focus. We still go to the Boys & Girls Club once a week and Flowering Branch, and we’ve started going to the Bartow County Library [System] and serving there.
“One of the main reasons we need community support so much is because we don’t get outside support from anywhere else. We don’t have any professional fundraisers helping us with anything. We just have 38 women that donate their time and organize all of our fundraisers ourself. And then we have to rely on community support to come and help us with those fundraisers and come to our dance and come to our rummage sale. That’s how we get our funds to give back to all of these different organizations.”
For more information about the Service League’s rummage sale, visit www.cartersvilleserviceleague.com or call Lutjens at 678-873-5662.