MCH&HS Auxiliary Rummage Sale
The Annual MCH&HS Auxiliary Rummage Sale is typically held annually in September at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington, NE. Over the years, thousands of shoppers have attended the sale. Donated items are split into various departments, including clothing, books, dishes, furniture, linens, notions, shoes, toys, cards, and jewelry. The MCH&HS Auxiliary works hard to ensure all leftover items are recycled or repurposed so that very little from the sale gets thrown away. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed! Trucks and trailers are also needed yearly to help move donations from Blair to Arlington the week of the sale. Please contact Kim Dutton at 402-426-2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering.
COVID-19 : The Auxiliary Board of Directors decided the 2020 Rummage Sale will not go on as planned. Waiting to make a decision at a later date was not an option as there is too much planning and coordinating that is done months in advance of the normal sale dates.
Some of the concerns that contributed to our decision include the risk factors associated with our volunteer base, the lack of being able to control social distancing within multiple buildings & tight spaces, and the risks that could be presented by the shoppers that come from a variety of demographic areas (including high-case counties within Nebraska & Iowa, in addition to other states). We also have to be mindful of our association with the hospital and respect the guidelines that have been provided by our local health professionals/organizations.
The Board is considering some other options/opportunities to possibly hold smaller sales throughout the following months at a different location. This would help reduce our inventory while allowing us to operate within the CDC/local health guidelines.