Top Ten Blessings of a Church Yard Sale


Treasures earthly and spiritual — at the CGS Yard Sale

10. A room full of perfect strangers all searching for a little girls shoes (She took them off to test drive a little toy cart).

9. Watching a mother’s happiness at unexpectedly finding just the right winter coat for her son, for just $3.

8. Giving a widow an excuse to finally clear out things she has held onto since her husband died (“It’s for a good cause, after all.”)

7. Seeing the oldest and the youngest members of the parish discover and value one another’s talents as they work together.

6. Meeting a family who live up the street, and watching them hang out all day talking to people, eating hot dogs, and relaxing.

5.  Standing on the street corner holding a “Yard Sale Here!” sign, mentally organizing my sermon for the next day.

4.  Enjoying 21st century baked sale delights: gluten-free cupcakes, vegan banana bread, and legume-free cake.

3. Making over $1,300 for the church (which we really need!).

2. Learning about people’s lives through their donations (“I made my wedding dress and all the bridesmaids’ dresses using this sewing machine.”)

1. Knowing that the “Lots More Inside” sign refers to more than stuff:  Lots of caring, lots of hospitality, lots of learning, and lots of blessings.


About amymccreath

I'm a pastor and mother who loves to make connections between people, between ideas, and between stuff we label "sacred" and "secular." I aspire to be like a Cedar of Lebanon in the midst of the changes and chances of life, but like most folks, generally find that I can really only navigate the tumult hand in hand with others. Good coffee helps, too.
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2 Responses to Top Ten Blessings of a Church Yard Sale

  1. When I first returned to church as a young mom I came looking for community (and a place to grow my faith). That small Episcopal Church held a rummage sale every year which we, new young moms, helped organize. It was all of what you say here. I remember it fondly.

  2. Just a wonderful post, but especially the reminder: Lots More Inside!

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