Annual garage sale has Church of the Eternal Hills abuzz |

Annual garage sale has Church of the Eternal Hills abuzz

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Sue Perkins knows that on Friday, May 15, when volunteers go to open the doors of Tabernash’s Church of the Eternal Hills around 4 p.m., a crowd will be waiting.

Perkins predicts that around 200 people will be queued up outside the church’s annual garage sale.

Since the early 1980s, the congregation of Church of the Eternal Hills has gathered in the spring to peddle clothes, furniture, outdoor gear and countless other items.

It’s somewhat of a Fraser Valley tradition.

“It builds a real camaraderie there with our church members. We all pitch in together and work together to do this.”Sue PerkinsChurch of the Eternal Hills garage sale organizer

“A lot of people just look forward to it for saving money, and they look forward to dumping a lot of their stuff off, too,” said Perkins, who helped organize the event. “We’ve got all kinds of interesting things here.”

Volunteers have spent the last weeks sorting a veritable mother lode of used items in anticipation of the big event.

The church currently has two stories of inventory, Perkins said.

Over the years, the church has used the proceeds from the sale to fund a number of different missions.

This year, as in years past, half of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity of Grand County.

The other half will go toward the church’s youth program.

The Rev. Paula Steinbacher said that, though not completely confirmed, the church hopes to send its youth group to Eureka Springs, Ark., to work with poverty-stricken residents of the Ozark Mountains.

But both Steinbacher and Perkins said the event serves as a mission in and of itself.

“This is my first year being here during the garage sale, and what people tell me is it’s not just a way to raise funds for a mission within to church, but it’s a great way to provide people with affordable stuff like clothing,” Steinbacher said. “In that sense, it is a mission for the people who are able to buy maybe furniture or clothes for their kids that they otherwise couldn’t have purchased.”

The event is also about strengthening relationships, both within the congregation and between the church and community at large, Perkins said.

“It builds a real camaraderie there with our church members,” she said. “We all pitch in together and work together to do this.”

Last year, the event had more than 100 volunteers and raised more than $5,000, and participants anticipate another big year in 2015.

“The church is just completely abuzz,” Steinbacher said. “There are tons of people dropping stuff off.”

Steinbacher said the church had received an “overwhelming response” so far.

The doors will be open from 4 p.m. on Friday, May 15, to 7 p.m.

The sale will open again from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.

At noon on Saturday, local nonprofits will be invited to come and take whatever they’d like for free, Perkins said.

As in years past, the church will have dollar bag sales from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Church of the Eternal Hills is located at 100 Meadows Blvd. in Tabernash.

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