Mission & History of The Sale
The Rummage Sale Ministries Mission Statement
Service: To offer an opportunity for the general public, and especially those having special needs, to purchase a wide variety of high-quality, serviceable used merchandise at affordable prices.
To initiate and to facilitate connections with and between non-profit organizations to help each partner succeed with its charitable goals.
Fellowship: To build community among members, friends and community partners by offering an opportunity to all members, non-members, men, women, children, youth and seniors - to share in a mission of service through their gift of volunteer time and talent.
Outreach: To distribute the residual merchandise and the net proceeds of The Sale to various local, state and worldwide organizations engaged in social service and caring missions.
A community ministry of service, fellowship and outreach
The Rummage Sale of Wayzata Community Church was initiated in 1921 by the Ladies Aid Society, the predecessor of the present Women's Fellowship and Ministries, for the purpose of (1) offering serviceable merchandise to those with special needs in the community at an affordable price. In the process they discovered a number of other benefits. The Sale provided them with wonderful (2) fellowship and even after expenses they were able to support some of their programming. Eventually The Sale enabled them to pledge part of their proceeds to the church's general budget. In time, The Sale's success enabled the women to also (3) dedicate a the net proceeds of The Rummage Sale to outreach activities. Those three goals have continued to the present day.
After Wayzata Community Church moved from the Rice Street location to its present site in 1949, The Sale continued to grow along with the membership and surrounding community. The Sale now occupies most rooms on the first floor of the church during the summer, plus several large tents on the church grounds during Sale Week.
Today The Rummage Sale has become the single largest mission project of the WCC congregation as a whole. Beginning in 2009 the Board of Mission and Outreach has oversight of The Rummage Sale Ministries. It's a community effort, and being a "rummage" volunteer is open to all who wish to participate - members and non-members, men, women, children, youth and seniors. There is no activity at WCC where such a large, diversified group of members and non-members can engage in a common mission while enjoying the social intergenerational benefits of community. The residual merchandise and net proceeds are distributed through a formal grant review process to various state, local and worldwide agencies engaged in social service and caring mission. (See our Monetary Grant page or the Gift In Kind page to learn more)