Humility of Mary’s Fresh Start Sale built on a tradition of more than 20 years of turning gently used, donated items into funding for families lacking homes. It began in the garage of Gertrude Vogel, long-time supporter and now a nonogenarian who is still active in this fundraising event. While Gertrude never stopped selling, eventually the largest annual sale event outgrew her garage and operated for many years at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
But this year, we brought the sale home–to our own office building.
On May 19-20 the spring benefit sale premiered in our own facility. Supporters found the items they love in a new location. That was challenging for the HMHI staff, explained Mindy Molck, HMHI office manager, but because it was closer to us, it was also easier on the staff who needed to do less hauling of items and could streamline the set-up and breakdown portion of the sale.
Buyers were really pleased with the sale items this year because there was lots of furniture–always popular–and many particularly nice items. Another new aspect was the inclusion of clothing, the first time this has been possible for the large sale.
“We’ll build on this first sale’s foundation,” Mindy remarked as she noted the upcoming autumn sale, tentatively slated for October 2012. Organizers are hoping to increase attendance, making the public aware that these semi-annual sales at the office building will replace the Fairgrounds event.