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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend…Get Yourself A Little Something Nice at the VNA Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ

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Visiting Nurses Rummage Sale Far Hills NJLast week, when I visited Dr. David Matthews, my dentist in Far Hills, NJ, to have an embarrassing cavity filled (what kind of role model is a mom who gets cavities??) I noticed that the tents were up for the semi-annual Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Rummage Sale. The bad news is that our family has been so busy that we actually missed the spring dates to drop off donations. The good news is that we’re in plenty of time to shop, as the Spring Sale dates are coming up this Mother’s Day weekend:

  • Friday, May 7th from 9:30am-3:30pm;
  • Saturday, May 8th from 9:30am-3:30pm; and
  • Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9th from 12:30pm-3:30pm.

The famous VNA Rummage Sale, held every fall and spring at the Fairgrounds in Far Hills, New Jersey, is New Jersey’s largest and oldest. As a major fundraiser for the VNA, one of the Roxiticus Desperate Housewives’ favorite charities, 100% of the proceeds support the VNA’s programs and enable the VNA to care for those who are uninsured or underinsured. If you haven’t been before, prepare yourself! Bargains are everywhere, and the selection, spread out over 75,000 square feet, is incredible: clothing, appliances, antiques, sporting goods, furniture, dishes, books…you name it and you’ll find it there.

PAYMENT FOR MERCHANDISE: Shoppers can pay for goods with cash or checks (proper identification needed). An ATM is available on site. Credit cards not accepted. Admission and parking is free. For more information, the Rummage phone line is (908) 781-6445.

I don’t have Fall Sale Dates for 2010 yet, but will post them here when I do…in advance of the Fall rummage sale, the VNA will have the tents set up to accept donations, Monday-Saturday 10am-1pm, starting in early September for about three weeks.

What the VNA Rummage Sale accepts, and other guidelines:

  • As you box your household items or bag your clothing, please sort like items together.
  • Keep in mind that if the VNA cannot sell an item at the end of the sale, they will have to use Rummage Sale proceeds to pay for disposal, so please only donate saleable items.
  • Please limit the weight of each box or bag of donations to less than 20 lb. for easy handling by volunteers.
  • CLOTHING, SHOES, & CLOTHING ACCESSORIES: The VNA accepts clean items in good to excellent condition. The VNA cannot accept clothes with stains, tears, worn elastic bands, broken zippers or are missing buttons, shoes without buckles or laces, and belts that are tattered and worn.
  • ELECTRICAL: The VNA Rummage Sale accepts clean electrical items in working condition. Vacuum cleaners must have all parts and model must be less than 10 years old. Please box or bag all parts together and attach to the electrical item.
  • FURNITURE: The VNA will accept furniture in good to excellent condition. Luggage must be in excellent condition. No locked luggage without keys or combination. Car seats for infants and children must be manufactured within five years, a SAFETY CODE requirement.
  • HOUSEHOLD/KITCHEN: The VNA accepts clean, saleable items in good to excellent condition. Pots and pans without lids or tops are acceptable. Tupperware and other containers (cookie jars, canisters, etc.) must have lids. They cannot accept items that are broken, chipped, or are missing pieces.
  • TOYS: The VNA will accept all games, stuffed animals, dolls, toys, and puzzles. They cannot accept large plastic toys that are broken, missing pieces or have split parts.

Proceeds from your generous donations directly benefit VNA patient services and hospice program.

You’ll find a list of items that are unacceptable at the VNA web site.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?: Join over 250 individuals who volunteer at the VNA Rummage Sale. There is plenty to do, and the Visiting Nurses welcome whatever time you can give whenever you are able. For information, call 908-781-6445.

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