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Park District Makes Spring Cleaning a Snap

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Park District Makes Spring Cleaning a Snap

Got stuff? Got stuff you don’t want? Get rid of it with the help of the St. Charles Park District’s Community Garage Sale.

Not only do you clean up while cleaning out, the 2-day event helps raise funds for the park district’s popular teen center, STC Underground.

Held on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 from 8am to 4pm, the sky’s the limit when it comes to what goes.  Un-cram those closets and de-clutter that den!  You keep all the profits from your sale while the proceeds of the registration fees help support STC Underground’s dynamic roster of programs and activities for all middle and high school students, ages 11 to 19, residing within CUSD 303 boundaries.

Registration fees ($20 Early Bird Rate effective until April 20; $30 from April 21-25) entitle each participant to have their address listed in the event promotion guide, which is distributed throughout the community and viewable online.  Sellers also receive a promotion kit that includes attention-getting yard signs and balloons.  Ads in local and Chicagoland newspapers also help drive buyers to the event, which included more than 100 homes last year. Participants may pick up their information packet, yard sign and balloon at the STC Underground on Thursday, April 26 between 1 and 9pm.  

On the same Saturday, April 28, the Anything on Wheels Sale will take place at Baker Community Center, 101 South Second Street. “If it goes – it goes!” With the exception of those vehicles that require title transfers, such as motorcycles, cars, and trucks, anything that rolls on 2, 4, or more wheels is eligible for the sale — bicycles, tricycles, skateboards, strollers, in-line skates, scooters - even pull-behind golf carts.

Participants set their own prices for the items they plan to sell, and recoup 80 percent of the revenue generated, with the balance going to the park district to help defray the administrative and marketing costs of running such a sale. Interested parties can drop off their gently used items at the Baker Community Center between 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.on the day of the sale.  Park district employees will be on hand to help unload and set up items.  Merchandise that has not been sold must be picked up between noon and 1pm on the same day.  Unsold or unclaimed items will be donated by the park district to a local charity.

Typically, about 100 items are on display during the “Anything On Wheels” sale. There is no limit on the number of pieces an individual can bring in for sale, although anything offered for sale needs to be in good repair. 

For more information, contact the STC Underground at 630-513-4321.

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