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Roberts garage sale gears up for a good cause

The Roberts Ribbon Reapers 4-H Club is sponsoring a huge indoor garage sale on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, to raise money for a new dairy barn at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds.

This is the ninth year the 4-H Club is hosting the garage sale fundraiser.

On average, the sale raises about $1,000, which is pretty good considering almost every item is marked at only 50 cents.

The fundraiser wouldn't be a success without donations of gently used items from community members. 4-H leader Cindy Schultz said the Hammond and Roberts community has been very generous in past years.

"It's amazing how much gets donated," she said.

This year's drop-off day for donations is March 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. The 4-H'ers are asking the community to drop off gently used items at the Roberts Park Building, but are not accepting furniture, appliances or computer equipment, as it can cost money to dispose of some items if they are not sold.

Although putting the massive "garage sale" together in one day takes a lot of work, Schultz said she's "happy with the help, donations and enthusiasm of the kids."

Schultz said this year's fundraiser is different than past sales, at least for the 4-H'ers.

"The kids will actually see the result of their hard work."

She said the kids have never actually seen the results of the funds they've raised, but after years of planning, the dairy barn at the fairgrounds is scheduled to become a reality this summer.

Not only is the garage sale for a good cause, but it's also a great reason for people to clean out their closets and get rid of clothes or other items they no longer use.

Schultz said the garage sale is an economical way for parents to outfit their children or to get rid of clothes their children have grown out of.

Schultz said, "we like to call it 'true recycling.'"

Even those items that don't get sold at the garage sale go toward a good cause.

Items not sold at the fundraiser are sorted and delivered to Treasures from the Heart and Five Loaves Food Shelf.

The Roberts Ribbon Reapers encourage members of the community to donate gently used items to the sale or show up on Friday or Saturday to find some quality items at reasonable prices.

Sale schedule

• Friday, April 1, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., at the Roberts Park Building.

• Saturday, April 2, 8 a.m.-noon, at the Roberts Park Building. On Saturday there is a $2 deal. For only $2, individuals receive a garbage bag, which they can fill with as many items as will fit in the bag.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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