GIANT Garage Sale Call for Volunteers

Sale May 26 & 27; Giveaway May 28, 2017
Former County Market, 312 W. Kirby Ave, Champaign


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After 20-plus years in a familiar location, the CCHS GIANT Garage Sale is moving to a new venue: the former County Market at 312 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign.  Thanks to the generosity of Niemann Foods, we will have all our wares under one roof.  Assuming our succession of $60,000-plus sales continue, our 2017 sale - our 33rd - should bring our total sales revenue to over a million dollars in support of the homeless animals at CCHS.  

We are successful because we have the best group of volunteers around!  We need your continued help, and that of your friends and neighbors. Please encourage anyone you know to join us - as volunteers (and as shoppers!)  Our current volunteers make the best recruiters. Volunteers who work a minimum of 10 hours and commit to working at least four hours on sale days or at cleanup may purchase items before the sale after they’ve completed 10 hours of work. New volunteers are encouraged to attend orientation May 17. Below are the details of the schedule and the link to sign up.

Please read the Volunteer Handbook, which explains the guidelines for making this enormous undertaking a fun and profitable venture. On behalf of the CCHS Board of Directors, I thank you for your support! If you have questions, please contact me at 763-6999 H or 217-871-1927 C or mlpayne@illinois.edu. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Mare Payne, Chair


Sunday, May 14: Moving Day - 3-4 hours; 9 a.m. to completion
We move equipment from CCHS to the former County Market, 312 W. Kirby Ave, Champaign. We need strong people and vehicles such as trucks and vans to transport sawhorses, clothing racks and supplies. Meet at the shelter at 9 a.m.; we expect to be finished by 1 p.m. Bring work gloves.

Wednesday, May 17: Orientation for new volunteers - 1 hour; 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the former County Market, 312 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign
Brand-new volunteers - or volunteers who worked their first year last year - are especially encouraged to attend a short overview of the opportunities the sale offers for your time and efforts. Any volunteers welcome. How can your interests match our needs?

Thursday, May 18, through Sunday, May 21 - Donations accepted the former County Market, 312 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign
Help unload cars; sort and price items. On the weekend, all hands will be asked to help unload cars (those with able backs) and greet donors (those with less-able backs) during the weekend to better manage the overflowing driveway and control the drops.

Monday, May 22, through Thursday, May 25 - Organize and sale preparation
Organize, organize, organize; check pricing: set up check out, and learn to run the registers. We sell more when we’re organized.

Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27 - Sale Days!
Help keep the place organized; move merchandise from floor to tables (“No bare plywood or walls!” is our mantra); run registers; help the public. A pizza and salad lunch will be provided for volunteers around 11 a.m. each day. We will take turns. Sale is Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with bag sale at 3 p.m. Giveaway on Sunday is 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday cleanup. We’ll start consolidating merchandise and tearing down tables as the bag sale begins to thin (bag sale starts at 3 p.m.), but the two long sale days mean we’ll leave as soon as we can after 6, leaving most of the cleanup for Sunday.

Sunday, May 28 - Building clean up and recycling and Giveaway!
Charities are given first crack at the leftovers at 8 a.m.; the public comes from 10 a.m. to noon. $1 admission will be charged to enter. The consolidating of merchandise and dismantling of tables occurs simultaneously to the giveaway. Anything left after the giveaway is sorted into recyclables. Cardboard will need to be flattened. Equipment will be returned to the shelter, so we need trucks again and more bodies.

Monday, May 29 - Building clean up and recycling
Cleanup & recycling continues. Trucks may be needed again to relocate supplies to CCHS.

Tuesday, May 30 - Building clean up and recycling; load plywood back on trucks
We wrap up cleaning of the building, returning the remaining supplies to the shelter, carts to Schnuck’s.


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Questions? Email Natalie@cuhumane.org or mlpayne@illinois.edu