Church garage sale opens doors Friday |

Church garage sale opens doors Friday

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County CO Colorado
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
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Gather up your quarters. Empty out the change jar. Church of the Eternal Hills is throwing its annual garage sale May 14-15.

People will be lining up outside the door Friday afternoon for the season’s most popular event. All the usual yard sale suspects will be on hand – clothing, bikes, skis, sleds, workout equipment, vacuums, lamps, rugs, toys, kitchenware, books – but there will also be a few scores among the piles, like Barbie’s battery powered car, a meat smoker, new items donated by the owners of KopyKat from when they bought The Paper Clip and a lot of Halloween costumes.

Among the more obscure items is a grapefruit picker basket.

“If they can’t get it here they do not need it,” said volunteer Judy Schowalter as she was helping sort through the piles of donations this week.

The Eternal Hills Garage Sale has been a Grand County mud season tradition since the late ’70s or early ’80s when the church was still divided between two locations, one in Granby and the other in Fraser, said organizer Carol Schroer. In the early days, the sale was held at the church in Granby.

Today, it has grown with the congregation to fill a much larger space in Tabernash. The sale consumes the building’s expansive parish hall as well as the entire ground floor and even spills outside, Schroer said.

In an average year, the sale raises $6,500-$7,500, of which 50 percent goes to Habitat for Humanity of Grand County, 25 percent to Eternal Hills Preschool and the remaining 25 percent to youth missions.

The prices haven’t changed much in 20 years. Heavy winter coats and ski pants sell for $2.50, adult clothing is priced between $1 to $2. Most shoes are 50 cents. Children’s clothing sells for 25 cents to $1.

This year, the sale will feature a new high-end section containing the fine quality furniture, designer clothing and expensive jewelry – items worth well more than the dollar or two that most of the goods cost, Schroer said.

Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, May 12. Some items are not allowed, including: large appliances, computers, paint, car seats, mattresses and bed pillows.

The doors open at 4 p.m. Friday, May 14, and the sale continues through 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15.

Several hours before closing on Saturday, local non-profit groups have been invited to come in and take anything they want for free. Whatever remains will trucked to Denver and donated to Goodwill taken to the dump. But sales volunteers are hopeful that Dumpster won’t fill, Schroer said: “We try not to waste anything.”

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or

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