Fresh Start Benefit Sale Fall 2017: Sept. 29-30

Fall '17 Fresh Start Benefit Sale

The Fresh Start Benefit Sale for Fall 2017 is set for Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30. The sale takes place in our donation center, located at 3805 Mississippi Avenue in Davenport, IA. Sale hours are from 8 AM until 4 PM on Friday and from 9 AM until 3 PM on Saturday.

The Fresh Start Sale grants access to the public to purchase donations of furnishings, clothing and household goods that supporters have contributed to our families who are working hard to escape homelessness. Donations that they can’t use or don’t need for whatever reason may be bought at resale prices at this sale, held only one weekend each spring and fall.

The Fresh Start Benefit Sale Fall 2017 will feature seasonal items and holiday items. This is an excellent opportunity for you to refresh, complete or supplement your Christmas decor. We have a wealth of items–all priced to go. Visit our Facebook event page for photos of items and up-to-date sale news as it occurs.

Expect to find quality new and used items, furniture, household goods, bedding, toys, books, dishes, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, gifts, clothing and LOTS of miscellaneous. All children’s clothing is priced at .50 cents each!

Sale donations are welcome through Sept. 15 and can be dropped off at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (No after-hours drop offs, please.) We ask that all items be clean and in working order.

Volunteers are welcome to help us with the sale. Call the office for sign up, 563-326-1330 x 105!

Help us publicize our sale by downloading this sale flier. Post it to remind you to attend the sale. We hope to see you at the Fresh Start Benefit Sale Fall 2017!

Visit our Facebook event page for up-to-the-minute sale updates.

Enjoy some preview photos from the sale items:

Fall Fresh Start Benefit Sale Merchandise Photos

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FALL Fresh Start Benefit Sale: September 23-24

Fall 2016 Fresh Start Benefit Sale

The semi-annual sale is upon us: the FALL Fresh Start Benefit Sale. Twice each year we open our warehouse to the public and allow them to access the beautiful merchandise supporters have donated to us. Although our families receive these items at no charge, the public is asked to contribute toward the support of the homeless families that we serve. But the prices help many families who appreciate the serviceable, gently-used and new items.

The Fall Fresh Start Sale is Friday and Saturday, September 23-24. While Friday hours are same as always–8 AM until 4 PM–the Saturday hours have changed to allow us to replenish the warehouse for the second day of the sale. Saturday’s sale hours are 9 AM until 3 PM.

sale itemsThe Fall Sale traditionally features seasonal supplies, including holiday items. It’s a great opportunity to shop for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items, as you will find specialty items at extreme bargain prices. All the clothing will be seasonally appropriate, with deep discounts on our remaining summer clothing items.

Great prices from past sales continue for this upcoming Fall sale:

All children’s clothing: $.50 cents each
Tops, shirts, shorts, sweaters–$1, Pants, shirts, shoes–$2, Spring coats–$3, Winter coats–$4, Suits, Dresses–$3, Swimwear, P.J.’s–$1, Scarves, belts, ties–$1.

If you have items to contribute to the sale, bring them to our office at 3805 Mississippi Avenue in Davenport between 8 AM and 4 PM Monday through Fridays. We’ll be able to accept sale items until September 16.

We need lots of volunteers to make the sale run smoothly. Call Patti at 563/326-1330 to offer your services. We’ll find a job that you’ll enjoy. Our sale shoppers are delightful, and our families appreciate your support.

For daily updates about the sale (beginning September 6): visit our Sale Facebook Event page.

Help us publicize the sale. Download and post the Sale Flyer where people will see it. (Download one for your refrigerator so you remember to come, too!)

Find the sale on Craigslist of the Quad Cities. Share it with potential shoppers.

Bargain hunters, frugal shoppers, savers and supporters–we’ll see you at the Sale!

Fall Fresh Start Sale


Thousands attend Fresh Start Sale, Help local families experiencing homelessness

thanks Spring Sale
Our Spring Fresh Start Sale was a record-breaker. Your purchases will help local families who are experiencing homelessness.

HMHI’s major spring fundraiser last weekend, the Fresh Start Sale, set a record in raising funding to assist the families experiencing homelessness who benefit from the proceeds. The event was very well attended on Saturday and Sunday.

Fresh Start Sale Manager, Patti Trapp, credits the hard work of her team of regulars and event volunteers for the success of this spring sale. “People ran themselves ragged,” she recounted, as she reflected on the busy days of the sale. Customers commented that the sale was very well organized, the result of weeks of preparation.

The sale days were long days. It opened to the public at 8 AM and ran uninterrupted until 4 PM each day. Customers who wanted to access the best selection formed a long line as they waited for the doors to open. And customers waited patiently in a line again to pay for their newly-acquired bargains.

Public excitement about the sale prompted Facebook to send notice of it to tens of thousands of accounts. Many users shared the news. Others effusively thanked Humility of Mary Housing for the opportunity to help others while also getting items they needed. One commented: “I went today, came out with 2 bags full. Spent only $17.50 and it’s for a good cause.”

Fresh Start Sale Features

Saturday’s 50% price slash of the already-low clothing prices brought in throngs, who carried out purchases of designer and other major brand names like Jones New York, Ralph Lauren, Alfred Dunner, Talbots, Chicos, Coldwater Creek, White/Black, GAP, Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer, Lands’ End, Haggar, Banana Republic, J. Jill, apt. 9, Pendleton, Vera Wang, Claiborne, Chaps, Tommy Bahama, Van Heusen, IZOD, J. Crew, and Dockers.

News Channel 4 provided extensive coverage of the sale, in a clip [CHANNEL 4 NEWS] featuring interviews with Patti Trapp, shoppers and sale volunteers.

Patti Trapp says that now work begins that will culminate in the Fall Fresh Start Sale, scheduled for the final weekend  in September. The donation center is again open for clothing and household goods that families can use to help them get themselves settled and stabilized in housing.

Fresh Start Spring Sale: April 29 & 30

spring fresh start sale
Don’t miss this spring event! Get ready for summer…frugally!

The Fresh Start Spring Sale at Gertrude’s Boutique in Humility of Mary Housing will be April 29 & 30, from 8am to 4pm each day. It’s not too late to bring in your donations of gently-used, working items.

Frugal shoppers in the Quad Cities area await these semi-annual sales for good reason. Their purchases assist families that are working hard to escape homelessness. And their purchases of gently-used merchandise–clothing, furniture and household goods–provide quality items for a fraction of the cost of the same items purchased new.

Fresh Start Spring 2016 flier
Fresh Start Spring 2016 flier (click for flier download)

Are you interested in volunteering to work at the sale? With 16 hours to serve the public, we can use your help. Call 563/326-1330 and ask for Patti. We’ll find a spot for you to do something to help that you’ll enjoy, and you can choose your hours, too.

The sale takes place in our headquarters on 3805 Mississippi Ave, Davenport [MAP]. There’s lots of space in an indoor, climate-controlled warehouse. You’ll be able to roam our wide aisles and bargain hunt comfortably, no matter what the spring weather brings.

You’re welcome and encouraged to download our Fresh Start Sale flier to distribute and/or to remind you of the sale. Click the photo (right) or this LINK.

We hope to see you at the Spring Fresh Start sale!

Fall Fresh Start Sale is September 25-26 at HMHI

Fall Fresh Start Sale
The Semi-annual FALL Fresh Start Sale at Humility of Mary Housing is September 25-26 from 8 AM to 4 PM each day.

The FALL Semi-annual Fresh Start Sale takes place Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, from 8 AM to 4 PM each day at Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. Gently-used and new items await in Gertrude’s Boutique at 3805 Mississippi Avenue.

An entire warehouse is filled with furniture, household goods, bedding, toys, books, dishes, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, gift items, and holiday specials. There’s clothing for men, women, children of all ages and infants. ALL children’s clothing items are just 50¢.

A clearance on our summer clothing means all sleeveless shirts, tank tops, capris, shorts and swimwear are marked 50¢.

Cash, MasterCard and Visa are accepted as payment.

We’re featuring two dining room sets, a leather couch and two matching leather recliners, and three chandeliers among the quality used furniture. A home electric organ, with two keyboards, is yours for just $50.

Pre-order Krispy Kreme donuts before the sale, and pick them up for your convenience. A box of a dozen costs $8. Call Patti at 563/326-1330, ext 105.

Support the Fresh Start Sale

Volunteers to assist with the sale operation are most welcome! Call the office to sign up: 563/326-1330, ext 105. This volunteer opportunity is open to men, women and high school students. Donations of quality items that are clean and in working order are welcome through September 17. Drop items during office hours Monday through Friday, from 8 AM until 4 PM. (No after hours drop offs, please.)

Thanks for a great Spring 2015 Fresh Start Benefit Sale!

Fresh Start Spring 2015
Shoppers purchased a record amount of merchandise at our Fresh Start Spring Sale.

We’re still crunching numbers, but thanks to all of you we are on a record pace as we total the numbers from our Fresh Start Benefit Sale 2015! Your support and patronage allow us to lift up and empower single parents who are on the path to lead a self-sufficient, productive life for themselves and their children.

Thanks to our generous donors, we had lots of merchandise to offer the public. It’s believed that this was our largest sale since we moved the Fresh Start Sale from its venue at the fairgrounds to our own office warehouse area.

Volunteers at HMHI logged 364.75 total hours of contributed assistance from March 20 through the end of the sale on Saturday. We could not handle an event of this magnitude without all that loyal support. Many of our volunteers work year after year, and all year around, to help us prepare for our seasonal sales. Our part-time workers through the AARP work program, coupled with full-time volunteers, contributed 143 hours during the sale week.

We also appreciate HyVee on East Kimberly for loaning us shopping carts and baskets for our Fresh Start patrons’ use. Our neighbors, Colonial Dental Studio and Jeanelle at Davenport Guns, were generous with their parking spaces for shoppers’ cars!

We appreciate everyone who helps us provide programming to families experiencing homelessness in the Quad Cities. This sale gives a second chance to merchandise that’s no longer needed. And the benefits of the sale give a fresh start to families in need. It’s a win-win for the Quad Cities. And, we appreciate everyone who makes it possible.

1st day of sale April 2015
Customers were lined up to be the first to shop on Day 1 of our Spring Fresh Start Sale.

The items we sold were donated over the last six months. Limits of space and time prevent us from retaining everything that’s donated until our program participants can utilize them. The sale allows us turn those assets into dollars that purchase goods and services needed to help our participant families. And, our donors appreciate that we’re employing Best Use Practices, deriving greatest value from their contributions.

Hope we’ll see you again in the fall! Our Fall Fresh Start Sale is September 24-25. We’re happy to receive your gently used, quality donations to help our program continue to assist families experiencing homeless in our community. Bring them to our office during our business hours. If you need some help, let us know. Thanks for your support.

April 2015 sale thanks


Fresh Start Sale for Spring 2015! April 24 & 25, 8am to 4pm

spring fresh start 2015

The spring sale that you love is approaching! This spring’s Fresh Start Benefit Sale features many new items and also good used items. These include furniture, household items, bedding, toys, books, dishes, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, gift items, craft and hobby supplies, clothing, small electrical appliances and LOTS of miscellaneous. Our sale fills an entire hall, and our prices are marked to send the merchandise flying out the doors. Each item on the sale has been individually inspected and cleared by our quality control team.

The sale is held indoors at our donation center at 3805 Mississippi Ave. in Davenport, IA. Rain or shine, you’ll shop in comfort. Count on our friendly volunteers; we’ll assist you.

Donations are still most welcome and can be dropped off at our office and donation center at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 17. We ask that all items be clean and in working order.

Fresh Start Benefit Sale

Proceeds from the Fresh Start Benefit Sale will support programming and services for Quad Cities community families that are experiencing homelessness. Our program served 140 children and their 73 parents during our last year of operations. Because we serve two generations, we know that we’re breaking the cycle of homelessness for future residents of the QCA.


Cash and Master Card/Visa accepted.

DOORS OPEN AT 8 A.M. each day.

We’ll see you at the Fresh Start Sale for Spring 2015.

Patrons of Fall Sale Help Homeless Families

Fall Benefit Sale
Fall Benefit Sale augmented Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.’s ability to assist families experiencing homelessness while providing excellent merchandise to patrons and supporters.

A successful fall sale benefiting Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.’s programming, held October 17-18, helped fund the agency. Sale organizers reported that the two day sale netted $5400.

Certain desirable items from the sale that are still available will be posted on local online websites.

Collection of donations of used household items and clothing continues. Currently, the focus is on fall and winter clothing and outerware. Furniture is always welcome as the agency likes to provide basic household furniture to the incoming families in need. If possible, the families may take that furniture with them when they exit the program, to furnish their new housing of their own choosing.

HMHI to Hold Fall Benefit Sale October 17-18

Fall Benefit Sale

Look no farther for brand new and gently-used items for you, your family and your home. HMHI’s semi-annual benefit sale of donated items happens on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM both days.

Each item for sale is individually inspected, screened and approved for sale, assuring you of quality products in every area. As in past years, the sale will include furniture, clothing for men, women, children and babies, household goods, craft items, china and glassware, jewelry, books and more.

There’s something for everyone, and our prices can’t be beat.

HMHI Benefit Sale

The Fall Sale features seasonal and holiday items as well as fall and winter clothing. All clothing is sized, sorted and neatly displayed, making shopping convenient and fast.

HMHI utilizes the proceeds from these semi-annual sales to fund programming for single-parent families who are homeless. The sale became a mainstay of funding for the agency early in our 25 year history. From it’s inception as an occasional garage sale, the semi-annual Fresh Start sale has expanded to an ongoing operation at our agency headquarters.

There’s plenty of parking in our lot and on the street for shoppers, and there’s lots of merchandise on the tables ready for sale. Mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you at the fall sale.


HMHI Fall Benefit Sale Time Approaches!

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) will hold its semi-annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale Friday evening, October 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale occurs at our office and donation center located at 3805 Mississippi Avenue, Davenport.


This sale continues a 24 year tradition of providing a large selection of gently used or new items, all individually inspected and in working condition. The array of merchandise includes house wares, bedding, toys, jewelry, gift items, furniture, books, games, clothing and so much more. Over the years, our sale is renowned for the quality of items, the great values and the friendly staff.

Our autumn sale features seasonal items, including a wide array of beautiful Christmas decor and giftware. Fall and winter clothing, including many designer label items, are available for infants, children and adults.

clothing on sale at HMHI
Gently used clothing–at a fraction of their original price–awaits you at the Fall HMHI sale.

We’re still accepting donations for this sale. Your contributions can be dropped off at our office and donation center loading dock from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Humility of Mary Housing manages 47 apartments that are used for families in the program. We always need single beds, dressers and sofas to furnish these apartments. Donations are accepted throughout the year.

warehouse full of sale items
Too many items to detail! Come and see…go home with great bargains!

Our sale offers donated items that cannot be used to furnish apartments or by the families. All proceeds from the sale are used by Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. to purchase furniture and other program needs.

Through HMHI’s program lives of homeless families that are headed by a single parent are transformed. Children learn there is a different way to live, and parents receive opportunities upon which they build the foundation for a greater future for their families.