Get ready to rummage, at the 2010 Fall/Winter Charity Rummage Sale on Sunday, November 28, 2010, at 1F #80 Tianxiang Road in Taipei City, 10 AM to 1 PM. (台北市中山區天祥路80號1F)*
This has become a semi-annual event organized by Parent Pages & Taipei City Playgroup. Twice a year, we encourage members of both communities to declutter their homes of children's outgrown clothes, toys, books, shoes, videos, and other baby/child/maternity gear, as well as solicit donations of the same from our friends.
We've received some incredibly generous donations, including infant and toddler car seats, strollers, highchairs, playpens, maternity clothes, baby carriers, and more! Last sale, we raised over $70,000, which is amazing when you consider how little things are sold for. And it is a great social event for families, too.
What's the cost of admission? It's FREE!
Is the money donated to charity? Yes! This rummage sale, we will donate the proceeds to Mustard Seed Mission.
What about all the things that are left over? All unsold goods will be donated to charity too! They are picked up at the end of the day, for distribution to aboriginal families in need.
Can I get a table to sell things myself? We have a small number of "private tables" available. (NT500/table. The $500 goes to the charity, and you keep any proceeds from your sales.) It’s “first-in-first-served” so email us at crescentcitytaiwan at gmail dot com to see if there are any available.
How can I help? First, you can donate some of your child's outgrown clothing, toys and other gear! Consider keeping a box or bag handy, and throughout the day as you pick up and put away toys, books, laundry, declutter all the outgrown items. Don't wait--put it right into the box! (Or you'll forget!!) See just how much you can declutter up until the week of the sale, then give us a call to arrange pick-up.
Second, consider volunteering. You can help us sort the night before the sale (about 7:00 - 9:00 pm), sort and price the morning of the sale (7:00 - 9:30 am), or (wo)man one of our tables for an hour.
Finally, come to the sale! Even if rummage sales don't interest you, consider coming to meet some new friends, and buy a snack from the lemonade stand (staffed by some of our playgroup children).
Can I deliver my donation(s)? We usually don't receive donations at the venue until the day before the sale, however, if you are leaving Taiwan and have something you would really like to donate ahead of time, we might be able to make special arrangements. Please contact one of the coordinators to discuss this.
What condition should my donations be in? All clothing should be in either like-new or gently-worn condition. All clothing should also be clean and free of rips or permanent stains. Check books to be sure there aren't any pages missing or torn. Check toys with multiple pieces to see that they're complete, or at least with enough pieces that a child can still get enjoyment from it.
What about things like pajamas, onesies, burp cloths, and bibs that might have milkstains? These are okay as long as they're not ripped.
Venue: Once again, we are lucky to have use of the same community's meeting area.
1F, #80 Tianxiang Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City (near Minquan West and Zhongshan North Roads)
Receiving Charity: This sale, proceeds will go to MustardSeed Mission. Here is the description of their work from their site, and you can click the link to read more.
In 1952, while everything was waiting to be revived in Taiwan, the missionary Lillian Dickson started Mustard Seed Mission. It includes: aiding small business, helping the lepers, fundraising for caring orphans, widows, prisoners, poor and ill public, and distributing clothes and flour from charity. Mustard Seed Mission later established orphanages, youth homes, vocational schools for Native Taiwanese to provide job skills on babysitting, nursing, carpentering and auto mechanizing. It also helped develop aiding ministry in South Asia.
Who to contact if you have donations to be picked up/dropped off:
Katrina Brown (Keelung (Jilong)/Xizhi/Nankang (Nangang)/Muzha/Taipei City/help with finding someone in another area) Tel 0928059020 - please leave a message if I don't answer! Or send a PM/ email crescentcitytaiwan at gmail dot com.
Angie Chang (Neihu/Taipei City) - daytime pickups only, thanks. Tel 0975266833
Kelly Manske (Taipei Area between Nov 11 and 27) Tel 0916-641-144/email kelmanske at yahoo dot com
Jennifer Chau (dropoff point, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 2) Tel 0954057757
**We need a volunteer to be pick up or be a dropoff point in Tianmu. If you can do this, please contact me.
**One or two more volunteers to pick up would also be great.
Still have questions? Join the discussion at the Family Forum!