It's time to clean out the closets and garage and gather together donations for the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills' giant fall rummage sale—all the better to make room for bargains to bring home from the sale on Oct. 1-3.
The collections of donations will begin this Saturday, Sept. 4, and continue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday through Saturday until Sept. 22, according to the Basking Ridge-based VNA. Donations will be collected at the Far Hills Fairgrounds at Route 202 and Peapack Road, which is also the location of the VNA's rummage sales each spring and fall.
Those donations, which bring in clothing, sports equipment, furniture, valuables such as silver or designer clothes and unusual items that no one expects, later are sorted into 25 departments for a rummage sale that attracts thousands, said Marie Sperber, the VNA's director of development and marketing.
"It helps people clean out their house, and it helps people furnish their house," Sperber said of the rummage sale. Bargain hunters attend from multiple states, she said.
The fundraising sale, which has been ongoing for about 90 years, supports several programs for the Basking Ridge-based VNA, which provides services in Somerset and Morris counties. Sales are 100 percent staffed by volunteers, Sperber said. She said about 400 volunteers likely will participate in some aspect of organizing or staffing this fall's sale.
"Thanks to the overwhelming community assistance, through volunteerism, donations and sales, and the support of the residents of Far Hills, the rummage sale has become an enormously important fundraiser for the VNA of Somerset Hills," said Evelyn Prather, the VNA's chairwoman of the Board of Trustees.
All proceeds from the sale help the VNA support the nonprofit agency's home healthcare and hospice programs, and also care for community members who are uninsured or underinsured, Prather said.
Some of those services supported by the sale include charity care, respite programs, visits by telephone, support for the VNA's Adult Day Center in Basking Ridge, community outreach programs, community health assessments and flu shots, Sperber said.
The sale is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 1-2, and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3.
For more information about the kinds of donations accepted or the sale, visit www.visitingnurse.org For information on volunteering, call 908-781 6445.
The goal of the VNA of Somerset Hills and its subsidiaries is to provide individuals and families with comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective home and community healthcare services, regardless of ability to pay, using partnerships where appropriate. It is a charitable, tax-exempt home health agency and hospice certified by Medicare, accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program and licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, according to the VNA.