Every year my church, Forest Hills Baptist Church, has a sale. We call it the Rummage and Bake Sale, though we tend to just call it the Rummage Sale. Everyone from the church comes together and donates unwanted things: old clothes, furniture, various holiday decorations, and much more. Then who ever wants to volunteer gets to help organize stuff, make it neat, and then help during the sale. A lot of us teen students help, because this sale is key to one of the biggest events of youth group: the Brazil Trip. My youth pastor has said that this is one of the biggest things that helps pay for the trip. Without it, we wouldn’t go nearly as often as we do, which is once every four years.
I went on this trip last year, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I got to meet new people, try new foods, and learn new and wonderful things about God, myself, and the world.
I’ve helped with this sale three or four times, and it feels like every time I do my experience is better and better. Probably because my attitude is getting better and better. Here’s a fun fact: we get a lot of clothes for this sale. It’s probably one of the most donated items we get. Here’s another fun fact: I don’t like to fold clothes. I don’t like to stack clothes. I don’t like to sort clothes. And I don’t like having to do all of it at once with a pile bigger than me.
Thankfully I don’t have to do it by myself. I get help from all of the other volunteers and they’re really great to work with, but working in the sale has taught me a valuable lesson: sometimes if you want to do something, you have to be willing to do something you hate, or don’t like, or just don’t enjoy.
I come to the sale knowing every year I have to fold clothes. It’s not that they take a look at me and say, “I’m going to make her miserable by making her fold all the clothes,” it’s just the thing that needs to get done the most. And I know that now, and I’ve accepted it. I’ve moved on from the “Ugh, I have to do clothes,” to looking at what I do get to do.
I get to help price things and make them look nice. I get to walk around and ask people if they need help, if they want me to carry things for them, and explain where the money goes, which are all things that I love. Sure, I do things I don’t like, but there’s so much good about it, the bad doesn’t seem so bad.
The Rummage Sale will be happening tomorrow, on Saturday the 22nd, running from 9:00am to 2:00pm. We have well-priced things from all different runs from life, including cute clothes for children and adults, toys, bedding, cooking supplies, books, furniture, holiday stuff, and more. So if you need something, want something, or just want some good cookies, here’s our address. We’d love to see you.
3900 E Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49546