Rummage Sales 2017

By: Suzanne Hanney May 1, 2017

After St. Paul United Church of Christ’s annual rummage sale several years ago, up to 150 voucher holders from nine social service agencies were lined up, waiting to go inside to “shop” for whatever they needed.

A tall man showed the church pastor a photo of his kids. The man had lost custody of them, but he said he was trying to get his life together. The free furniture and clothes he would receive from the St. Paul’s UCC sale was one step on his way back.

The St. Paul’s sale, which is always the Saturday after Labor Day at Orchard and Fullerton, (see list) started seven years ago as a project to bring church members together, said Beverley Petrunich, rummage sale chair.

As one of the founding churches of the Lincoln Park Community Shelter, St. Paul’s also wanted to help the community. Shelter residents who volunteer to help on drop-off days (alternate Saturday mornings June through August) receive dollar credits for every hour they work, which they can use to pre-shop the actual sale.

But the sale is also a magnet for job-hunters looking for snappy careerwear, Petrunich said, and especially for children’s clothes. St. Paul’s receives leftovers at season’s end from a Lincoln Park consignment store.

Strong departments include high-end art, thanks to sales patronized by members; as well as furniture, housewares and toys. A voucher holder once told her “this is my kids’ Christmas,” Petrunich said. The sale receives donations from nearby Lincoln Park residents and leftovers from the sale at the Kenilworth Union Church, whose volunteers mentored those at St. Paul’s.

St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Evanston also welcomes service organizations after its mid-July sale, and what remains doesn’t go to waste. It’s given to the St. Vincent de Paul shop and to organizations that run the Unique thrift stores and ship their remainders overseas.

But first, shoppers can find “very nice things at excellent prices,” said St. Nicholas Assistant Sale Manager Mary Moring. She recalls an oak bookcase, St. John suits “at much less than they’re worth;” televisions; “a fabulous collection of shoes;” a huge selection of baby things, including tuxes and little suits; coats; housewares; vintage furniture; electronics, stereos, computers and lamps.

“The people in charge of books have a good eye and sporting goods, for the price we have on it, we’re practically giving it away,” Moring said.

More luxurious items may appear farther up the North Shore, “but we encourage our managers to ‘sort hard’ and promise customers items in good repair and workable condition. And we are widely known for our friendly workers and delectable Mexican food between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” she added.

This rummage sale guide, the second for StreetWise, celebrates not only environmental sustainability but bargains that help people live larger on a budget. In addition, many church rummage sales raise money for small benevolence grants to charities across metro Chicago.

This year, we have expanded our listings to include community garage sales, from Edgewater and Ravenswood to towns along “the Red Carpet Corridor” on Rt. 66 in Illinois. Sellers can cash in on items they no longer need. Everyone else has a new reason to go exploring, whether they’re visiting the petting zoo or Pivot Arts Parade at the Edgewater Big Sale or a taking a photo op with Jake and Elwood at the Joliet Area Historical Museum on Rt. 66.


April 28 & 29

Glenview United Methodist Church

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Fri ($6 fee);

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sat.

Where: 727 Harlem Ave., Glenview

More info at 847.729.1015. CASH only.

Celebrating its 54th year, the “Top of the Heap” sale is easily accessible, all on one level. Departments include men’s, women’s, children’s clothing; furniture, electronics, linens, toys/games, Christmas, seasonal items, housewares, trinkets and Treasures, jewelry, higher-end clothing, books, tapes, and music. On Saturday, hot or cold lunch available for purchase. Wanda’s famous donut balls are made on site for purchase.



April 29

St. Athanasius Catholic School

When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: 2510 Ashland St.

More info at 847.864.2650 or

You’ll find clothing for infants, kids and adults, baby items, toys, housewares, books, sports, electronics, bikes, bedding, curtains, and rugs. Check out the “Treasures Room” where you’ll find jewelry, paintings, china, crystal, furs and antiques. Located in the school back parking lot is a tent overflowing with furniture for every room and style. Proceeds fund school projects and programs.



April 29

Winnetka Covenant Church

When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: 1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette

More info at 847.446.4300 or

CASH only.

Huge, all-church sale supported by 500 families. Furniture, sporting goods, French Room (antiques), children’s clothes, toys, accessories, men and women’s clothing, housewares, art, electronics, holiday, books, jewelry and more. Come also for coffee, bake sale and grilled food.



May 5 & 6

Unitarian Church, Evanston

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri; 9 a.m.-noon Sat

Where: 1330 Ridge Ave.

More info at 847.864.1330. CASH and credit cards.



May 6

First Presbyterian Church, Lake Forest - Spring Sale

When: 7 a.m. -3 p.m.

Where: 700 N. Sheridan Road

More info at 847.234.6250.

CASH/checks with ID/credit cards.

Furniture, antiques, electronics, appliances, sports equipment, clothes – since 1950 this sale has raised $5 million toward the church’s mission program.



May 6

North Shore United Methodist Church

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: 213 Hazel Ave., Glencoe

More info at 847.835.1227. CASH only.



May 6

Winnetka Presbyterian Church

When: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Where: 1225 Willow, Winnetka

More info at 847.446.7777

CASH or check with proper ID



May 6 & 7

Red Carpet Corridor Festival

When: 8 a.m. -3 p.m.

Where: 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that encompasses the Illinois towns of Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.

Each town puts on its own events, for a shopping and sightseeing experience.

In Pontiac, the “Trunkin Treasure Sale” offers individuals, non-profits and churches a chance to sell their wares in the parking lot south of the Livingston County Courthouse square (free to county residents, $25 to everyone else at or by calling Pontiac Tourism at 815.844.5847).

Afterward Saturday in Pontiac, there’s a free performance by the Vermillion Players in Chautauqua Park Pavilion; on Sunday, there will be a free concert by the Route 66 Band at the Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center. More information at



May 11

Winnetka Congregational Church Spring Sale

When: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Winnetka Community House,630 Lincoln

More info at 847.446.0575

CASH/checks over $25/

credit cards over $50/NO ATM

An 80-year tradition, this sale has 25 departments: new or gently used kids’ and adults clothing, contemporary and designer wear, outerware, shoes, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, toys, books, linens, china, vintage and more. Proceeds benefit 40 Chicagoland humanitarian agencies.



May 19 - 21

St. Norbert Parish, Northbrook

When: 5-9 p.m. Fri; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat; 8 a.m.-noon Sun.

Where: 1817 Walters

More info at 847.272.7090. CASH only.



May 21

Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Lawrence (4800 N) on the north to Montrose (4400 N) on the south, from the north branch of the Chicago River on the east to Sacramento (3000 W) on the west; the neighborhood is west of Lincoln Square, east of Albany Park. 

The big draw is the large number of households that participate from across the neighborhood – over 100 each year. Deadline for local residents to register is May 8 at Starting May 1, sellers will be posted at the website.



May 21

Vintage Garage Sale – Midcentury Modern

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: 5051 N. Broadway

3rd Sunday flea market changes themes monthly. $5 admission. More info at



June 3

Christ Church Winnetka Summer Sale

When: 8 a.m.-noon

Where: 470 Maple St. (Parish House)

More info at 847.446.2850. CASH only.



June 3

Edgewater Neighborhood Yard Sale

When: 9 a.m. -4 p.m.

Where: Foster (5200 N) to Devon (6400 N), Clark Street to Sheridan Road

Over 200 households -- as well as the Edgewater Beach Apartments, theatre companies, antique stores, health and wellness businesses and eight non-profits -- are expected to host sales in garages, as well as front, side and rear yards. Maps will be available on the sale day and posted online.

Four group sites will be available to people who are unable to sell where they live: Barr Funeral Home at 1228 Granville; the parking lot at 6040 Winthrop; the Church of Atonement at 5749 N. Kenmore and Swift School at 5900 N. Winthrop.

Participating non-profits include Berger Park Advisory Council, 6205 N. Sheridan; Care for Real, 1262 W. Elmdale; Chicago Friends School, 5944 Magnolia; Chicago Police Department 24th District CAPS program, 1234 W. Elmdale; Families Together Cooperative Nursery School at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church itself at 1500 W. Elmdale; Pivot Arts, 5900 N. Winthrop.

In addition, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce will host sidewalk sales on the Broadway corridor and intersecting business districts of Devon, Granville, Thorndale, Bryn Mawr and Berwyn.

In addition to shopping, you can visit the petting zoo at the Chicago Friends School from 1 to 3 p.m. Pivot Arts will bring its weeklong festival to a close with a parade at 1:30 p.m. on Winthrop between Thorndale and Ardmore and performances on the Swift School playground from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Free parking will be available at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church, Hollywood/Sheridan and at Engine 70 Fire House north lot, 6030 N. Clark St.

Registration deadline for neighborhood residents is May 29; a $10 fee helps defray advertising and printing costs. For links to register, email edgewateryardsale@gmail .com



June 18

Vintage Garage Sale - Record Ramp & Father’s Day

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: 5051 N. Broadway

3rd Sunday flea market changes themes monthly. $5 admission. More info at



June 24

North Shore Unitarian Church

When: 8 a.m. -2 p.m.

Where: 2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield

More info at 312.857.3555 CASH only.


July 13 & 15

Kenilworth Union Church

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thurs Premium Pre-sale; 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat.

Where: 211 Kenilworth, Kenilworth.

More info at 847.251.4272. CASH & checks w/ID.

Rummage’s mission is Outreach, Fellowship and Recycling. By working together to sort recycled merchandise for resale at a reasonable cost, members help people obtain items at reasonable prices and raise money for social service agencies selected by the church.



July 15

St. Nicholas Catholic Church

When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: 806 Ridge Ave., Evanston

More info at 847.864-1185

CASH/checks/credit cards

Lines form at 7 a.m. for both buildings of the sale. See main story for more details.



July 16

Vintage Garage Sale – Rockabilly & Vintage Clothing

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: 5051 N. Broadway

3rd Sunday flea market changes themes monthly. $5 admission. More info at



July 30 & 31

Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah - Summer Sale

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun; 9-11 a.m. Mon

Where: 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette

More info at 847.256.1213

CASH/checks with ID.



August 20

Vintage Garage Sale – Vintage Wedding (new)

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: 5051 N. Broadway

3rd Sunday flea market changes themes monthly. $5 admission. More info at



September 6, 8 & 9

Immaculate Conception Parish

When: 5-8 p.m. presale Wed. $10 per person, kids under 12 free; Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.  Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: 770 Deerfield Road, Highland Park

CASH from Deerfield/Highwood residents; HP resident checks

Immaculate Conception, Trinity Episcopal and Highland Park Presbyterian collaborate to host three weekend sales within walking distance of each other.



September 8 & 9

Trinity Episcopal Church

When: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Fri; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat.

Where: 425 Laurel Ave., Highland Park

CASH/checks with proper ID.



September. 8 & 9

Highland Park Presbyterian

When: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat.

Where: 330 Laurel Ave., Highland Park

CASH/checks with proper ID.



September 9

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

When: 8 a.m.-noon

Where: 2335 N. Orchard St., Chicago

More info at 773.348.3829. CASH/credit cards. See main story.



September 9

Lakewood Balmoral Residents’ Council

Where: Between Magnolia, Lakewood and Wayne, south of Bryn Mawr (5600 N) and north of Foster (5200 N).



September 17

Vintage Garage Sale – Retro Chicago

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: 5051 N. Broadway

3rd Sunday flea market changes themes monthly. $5 admission. More info at




Broadview Treasure Days

When: Generally 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the middle two weekends of the month

Where: Broadview extends from 103rd Street on the south to 71st Street on the north, from Roberts Road on the west to Harlem Avenue on the east.

Sponsored by the Village of Bridgeview, this garage sale is free to all residents but registration is required with the village office at 708.594.2525. The first weekend is reserved for north or south of 79th Street and the second weekend for the reverse side, TBA. Each year the order changes. See Treasure Days on Facebook.



September 30

First Presbyterian Church Fall Sale

When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: 700 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest

More info at 847.234.6250.

CASH/credit card.



October 5

Christ Church - Winnetka Fall Sale

When: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: 470 Maple (Oak & Maple)

More info at 847.446.2850.

CASH/$100 check cashing; on-site ATM.

One of the area’s largest sales, with 30 departments: men’s clothing, women’s sportswear and designer clothing, toys, linens, sewing, china, treasures, holiday, garden, books, furniture.



October 15

Vintage Garage Sale – Season Finale & Record Ramp

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: 5051 N. Broadway

3rd Sunday flea market changes themes monthly. $5 admission. More info at



October 20 - 21

Park Ridge Presbyterian Church Fall Sale

When: Presale 6-8 p.m. Fri, $5 entrance fee, cash only; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.

Where: 1300 W. Crescent Ave., Park Ridge

More info at 847.823.4135. CASH only.



October 21

Winnetka Congregational Church Fall Sale

When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: 620 Lincoln (Lincoln & Pine)

More info at 847.446.0575. CASH/checks over $25; credit cards over $50.



January 14 & 15, 2018

Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun; 9-11 a.m. Mon

Where: 3220 Big Tree Lane

More info at 847.256.1213. CASH/checks with ID.