Giant Garage Sale Call for Volunteers

Sale May 24 - 26  2019
Former Rogards, 214 S. Walnut, Champaign


Volunteer Handbook

Garage Sale Bookmarks

The CCHS GIANT Garage sale will be held at the former Rogards store at 214 S Walnut, Champaign, thanks to the generosity of CORE Spaces.  Our sale is successful year after year because we have the most committed and awesome 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 on Wednesday May 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the former Rogards, 214 S Walnut, Champaign.  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 217-763-6999 H or 217-871-1927 C or I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Mare Payne, Chair

Tuesday, May 14: Moving Day - 3-4 hours; 9 a.m. to completion
We move equipment from CCHS to the former Rogards, 214 S Walnut, 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 15: Orientation for new volunteers - 1 hour; 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the former Rogards, 214 S Walnut, 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 16, through Saturday, May 18 - Donations accepted the former Rogards, 214 S Walnut, 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.

Sunday, May 19, through Thursday, May 23 - 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, Sunday May 24 - 26 - 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 lunch will be provided for volunteers around 11 a.m. each day. We will take turns. Sale is Friday from 6 pm - 9 pm ($5 entry, good for Saturday too); Saturday 8 am -6 pm ($3 entry until 3 pm);  Bag Sale is 9 am - Noon on Sunday with Giveaway ($1) from 12:30 pm - 2 pm.  We’ll start consolidating merchandise and tearing down tables as the bag sale begins to thin.

Sunday, May 26 - Noon - Building clean up and recycling begin with Giveaway!
After the Bag Sale ends at noon, we'll have 30 minutes to assess what's left.  Public re-enters from 12:30 - 2 for Giveaway.  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 27 - Recycling (fun tearing up leftovers!) and building clean up.

Tuesday, May 28 - Recycling (more fun tearing up leftovers!) and building clean up; load plywood back on trucks.
Cleanup & recycling continues. Trucks may be needed again to relocate supplies to CCHS.

Wednesday, May 29 - Recycling (the fun never ends!) and final clean up.


Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to see our Sign-up page:
  2. Review the options and choose the spots you like.
  3. Signup! You will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp, which does not share your email address with anyone.
  4. VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!


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