THE GIANT ETOWAH UMC FLEA MARKET

ANNUALLY: FIRST SATURDAY IN AUGUST (Aug. 5, 2018)

 

For decades, the Etowah United Methodist Men’s group has spearheaded this major fund raising ministry benefiting charitable causes locally, regionally, and throughout the USA. The Annual Flea Market is a church-wide event, providing opportunities for every willing and able congregation member and friend to apply their time, talents and skills in service to our Lord and Savior. After direct Flea Market expenses are paid, all remaining Flea Market proceeds go toward charitable causes and are not used for the operations of the church.

 

PREPARING FOR THE FLEA MARKET EACH YEAR

Merchandise donations are received most Friday mornings, beginning the first Friday in March through the third Friday in July, from 9AM to 11:30AM. These Fridays are called “in-take days”. Volunteers are there on in-take days at the big green metal structure (the Church Pavilion) behind the church– prepared to receive, help unload, and process donations.

Additional information is posted on the door to the Pavilion.

 

Pick-up assistance is available in the greater Etowah area for full household loads, estate/garage sale clean outs, and items to large or too heavy for the donor to bring to the Pavilion. See SPECIAL NOTES at the end of this article for scheduling a pick-up.

 

MERCHANDISE DONATIONS & SOME LIMITATIONS

As with any flea market, there are limitations on what is saleable and what the facilities can handle. The Etowah UMC Flea Market CAN NOT accept clothing, shoes, purses, mattresses (new mattresses in their original, unbroken packaging are acceptable), magazines, reference books (such as encyclopedias), large exercise equipment, pressed/particle board furniture, obsolete computer monitors, printers, TVs other than flat screen models, and anything broken or excessively dirty/stained. Just about anything else in clean, gently used condition is appreciated.

 

Fair value of merchandise donations to this Flea Market are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

PRE-FLEA MARKET SALES

From time-to-time, the Flea Market will receive particularly high-end or specialty merchandise that we may select to advertise on Craig’s List and/or the church Facebook page prior to the August Flea Market event.

 

HELPING WITH THIS MINISTRY

There are a number of ways Etowah UMC congregation members and friends can get involved with this ministry:

  1. Folks are needed to receive, sort, price and store donated items at the Pavilion Friday mornings from 9AM to 11:30AM. Demand for help varies from one Friday to the next, but having 6 to 8 folks on hand to do this work is ideal. All are welcome to help out. If you happen to have particular knowledge and talent for pricing antiques, art, furniture, appliances, or other flea market-type items of various kinds, your help is especially appreciated.
  2. A coordinator/assistance is needed to plan, prepare and execute an advertising and promotion plan for the Flea Market, to begin in April each year. This includes such tasks as developing posters/flyers and arranging for their distribution… developing advertising copy for our church web site and Facebook pages… and writing and distributing releases for radio, TV, and print media.
  3. If you can supply some “muscle” and/or a pick-up truck when needed for the teams handling larger loads, your help would be appreciated.

 

If you feel you might like to join in this ministry in one or more of the ways listed above, please see the SPECIAL NOTES below.

 

SPECIAL NOTES

Here is current contact information for the Etowah UMC Flea Market ministry:

  • Information on “Helping With This Ministry”—Dick Ranges, Flea Market Coordinator (phone 828-707-0329).
  • Scheduling a Pick-Up—Brian Lund, Flea Market Coordinator (phone cell 1-408-695-5518 or home 828-513-1765).
  • Providing a Pick-Up Truck for periodic merchandise pick ups—Brian Lund.
  • Inquiries about Flea Market items on Craig’s List and church Facebook page—A.G. Hayes (phone 828-606-1816).
  • All other inquiries—Dick Ranges or Brian Lund, Flea Market Coordinators.