Donors and shoppers at this year's Community Hospice Giant Garage Sale are going to notice some significant changes.
First, the times donations will be accepted has been changed.
"Last year, Hospice volunteers worked more than 3,000 hours on the garage sale, much of that in 90-plus degree heat, so we wanted to do some things to try and make the job easier for them," said Stephanie Harris, who is a new co-chairman along with Diana Aberth-Lemonte.
Harris said drop-off times on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays have been moved to 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "We think this will not only allow the volunteers to work in cooler temperatures but also will be more convenient for our donors. They can drop off items then head to the beach or run errands," she said. Tuesday and Thursday times are 4 to 8 p.m. Items will be collected from July 18-29.
A change shoppers will notice is an effort to make more effective use of floor space in the buildings that house the sale on the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds in Dover.
"We want to make the items more sellable with shelves," Aberth-LeMonte said. "We definitely are expanding by renting one additional building." The Horticulture building will house shoes and purses. In the past, items were located in the Commercial, Merchants and Grange buildings
"And we are lowering the First Choice Night (Thursday) sale entrance fee to $5 and changing Friday sale hours to 9 to 6 so folks that work can still make it to the sale," Aberth-LeMonte added.
Another change is a partnership with four food vendors who will sell their fare during the sale. Schloneger's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream and Amish Country Donuts, two favorites at the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market, will be at the event. Joining them will be the Tuscarawas County Cattle Assn., which sells hamburg, ribeye and steak sandwiches, and Kelly Moore's Fresh Lemonade.
The garage sale was started almost 30 years ago to turn items donated by families served by Community Hospice into funds to benefit future patients.
"We are hoping the changes will encourage donations, attract more volunteers and shoppers and enable us to raise more money," Harris added. "Every dollar we raise benefits our neighbors who are facing the end of life and their loved ones who are caring for them."