One man's junk is another's treasure


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October 14, 2014 9:35 AM

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St. John’s Minster Anglican Church volunteers were busy the week leading up to one of two annual garage sales it holds, as the community donated a ton of items to offer to the public at great prices. While it may be true that the contributions may have come from cleaning out basements, attics and the like, the benefits from the sale are wide reaching.

Canon Michael Stonhouse is always excited by these sales, because it provides so much for so many, and he gets to sort through many of the artifacts that represent our history in so many ways.

“It turned out very well,” said Stonhouse. “At that point in time, at the end of the day, we had raised $2,576. And then there was some more money still dribbling in. By the time the air is cleared, there should be something like $2,600.”

The big question people have is what the money will be used for.

“It will be used for the church’s operations and outreach. We have the soup kitchen (Lunch hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and we do various things. It will help all the different things St. John’s does,” said Stonhouse.

They did not completely sell out, but Stonhouse is OK with that because those items were transported to the Interval Store.

“Leftover clothing was left at the soup kitchen for any folks who came to the soup kitchen to help themselves,” he said. Bottom line is a lot of good things came out of the sale.

“A great thank you to donors, who were fantastic, but so too were the workers and even more so the person who came and bought. It’s incredible how a dollar here or a few dollars there adds up, but all the great customers who came, that’s what made the difference,” said Stonhouse.

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