One of the largest garage sale style fundraisers in the Birmingham area will kick of July 4, but volunteers are already hard at work preparing for the event.
The annual Trash N’ Treasure event at Our Lady of Sorrows church in Homewood has been running for nearly 70 years and proceeds will benefit the church school, the church itself and the church’s efforts to help people in need.
Items for sale include furniture, clothing, jewelry, appliances, electronics and pet supplies.
Melanie Falconer is one of the chairwomen for the event and said she has seen it all in terms of donations.
“We’ve had kitchen sinks, we’ve had windows, we found some valuables,” Falconer said. “We’ve had silver, we’ve had, you know, china.”
When CBS 42 visited one of the selling areas Wednesday, fur coats and even a Louis Vuitton handbag were visible among the goods.
Wendy Green is also a chairwoman for the event and said this year marks the event’s 69th year.
“I see the same people every year and it’s so much fun to see them and talk to them,” Green said. “They’ll come and show us the treasures that they found.”
Volunteers have been hard at work prepping for the event since Memorial Day, but items do not go on sale until July 4th.
Shoppers can arrive at 7 a.m. and pay $5 to gain admission by 8 a.m. before the general public is allowed access at 9 a.m.
The sale will end July 5th and everything that day will be greatly discounted.
There are so many items up for sale that there will be three buying locations on the church’s campus that include the gym and the parking garage.
The last day to donate items to the sale will be July 1st. You do not have to be a member of the church to buy or to donate.
Games and BBQ will also be available during the event.
Our Lady of Sorrows is located at 1728 Oxmoor Road in Homewood.