Holiday items, clothing, household goods and a host of other items will be available Friday and Saturday during the Great Missouri Garage Sale, a benefit for the Center for Human Services.
The sale, held every two years since 1997, is a main fundraiser for the center and raised $16,000 in 2009, said Susan Mergen, the center’s development director.
Mergen said the money will be divided among the various organizations that operate under the center’s umbrella, including the Children’s Therapy Center, the Cooperative Workshop and Community Living.
“We have a lot of programs that need support, especially some of the children’s programs,” Mergen said. “Everything is for sale, and what doesn’t sell we donate to the Salvation Army.”
Mergen said all items in the sale were donated to the center.
“We do this every other year so the stock has a chance to build up. We get some donations from businesses, but most come from individuals who support what we do,” Mergen said.
A cadre of volunteers was on hand Tuesday, the second day of set-up for the sale, which is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. There is a $5 cover charge on Friday night.
Remaining items will be available from 8:30 a.m. Saturday and will continue through the early afternoon. There is no charge for the sale on Saturday, Mergen said.
“It really depends on how strong the crowds are. If we are still selling items, we can keep the doors open, but we really encourage people to come out on Friday. We can be pretty wiped out by Saturday afternoon,” Mergen said.
Among the volunteers on Tuesday was Lisa Johnson, of Sedalia, whose daughter, now an adult, received vocational training through the workshop.
Johnson said her daughter benefited from “the one-on-one” attention clients at the workshop receive from center staff and volunteers.
“It definitely made a difference,” Johnson said.
The Center for Human Services serves about 2,000 people a year in a 30-county radius, and offers support to families with disabled children, as well as vocational and assisted living services for adults with physical or developmental disabilities.