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Diana Kuyper: Season of deals begin at sales

Updated: August 3, 2011 5:33PM

One of the many pleasures of summer is shopping at church rummage sales and Lake County has oodles of them to choose from. This weekend kicks off one of several huge sales in the Lake Villa and Antioch area.

Yesterday was the opening for the annual Prince of Peace sale that continues today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The church and school on 26 acres at Grand Avenue and Route 83 accommodates an all-out massive sale. Appliances, tools and mechanical equipment will be sold from tents on the lawn; furniture from the gymnasium; and classrooms will be stocked with clothing, toys, antiques and other collectibles. It would not surprise me to find a vehicle or two among the sale items.

This is the 15th year for the sale that typically generates about $40,000 annually, but in 2009 they actually raised $55,000. That’s a reflection of how much stuff they sell from gathering donations beginning in February.

They have a good thing going and other churches do the same. They start collecting items, offering pickup service for larger donations, then price them to sell quickly at their summer sales.

Since these church sales benefit their respective parishes, I was more than happy to donate my really big Sony television to Antioch’s St. Ignatius’ sale in lieu of trying to sell it myself. A few men from the church came by on a Saturday morning earlier this year with a trailer and graciously loaded the set and gave me a receipt for my donation. It could not have been easier.

Other sales coming up include the 50th annual sale at St. Peter Catholic Church in Antioch on June 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and June 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s not too late to drop off donations for the sale, including household items, gently used clothing, working appliances and vehicles, antiques, jewelry and sporting goods, and whatever other unused treasures you might want to dispose. You can drop them off at the school through Sunday until 5 p.m., or call (847) 395-0274 for pick up of large items.

Same goes for St. Ignatius Episcopal Church in Antioch, with their sale set for July 21, 22 and 23. They accept dropoffs Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. at the barn on the property at 500 E. Depot St. Call (847) 395-0652 for pick up of items.

No matter how you look at it — either as a bargain shopper or if you donate unused, but useful items — it’s a good deal for everyone involved.

See you at the sales!

Diana Kuyper’s column appears Fridays. You can e-mail her at

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