Vicksburg High Choir to host rummage sale Saturday

Published 10:17 am Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fundraisers can be a good way to bring a group together to accomplish a goal that will allow the group to flourish.

The Vicksburg High School Choir is hosting a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot in front of the band hall at the high school to raise money for the department. The sale will be held inside the choral room in the case of inclement weather.

“We are going to have it rain or shine,” assistant director Christie Beasley said.

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Books, clothes, furniture, home décor, kitchenware, appliances, office supplies, toys, baby items, camping supplies, picture frames and a television are just some of the items that will be available at the sale. Most all of the items are priced between 25 cents and $175.

“If you’re looking for something, we probably have it,” director Angela Chapin said.

Cold drinks will also be sold at the sale to help keep shoppers cool.

The fundraiser was planned to help the choir purchase new risers for performances.

“The ones that we have, have been here since I was in school here and before. They’re at least 20 years old, I’m sure,” Chapin said. “They’ve had wear and tear over the years so it’s time to replace them.”

Each section of risers will cost about $5,000. She said they would like to get safety rails installed on the back of the risers as well.

“They come in pieces so we have to have at least five sets of risers,” Chapin said.

If they raise more than enough money to purchase risers, the choral teachers would then like to purchase a music library storage system to neatly store all the department’s sheet music in one condensed location.

This is the first year the choir has held a rummage sale to raise money for the program, an idea suggested by choir parents.

“It was actually the idea of a couple of our parents. We were brainstorming last year trying to find fundraisers to do and one of them mentioned doing a rummage sale,” Chapin said. “It was just something new to try and see how it went.”

Finding fundraisers can be a challenge because health guidelines don’t allow students to sell candy during school anymore, she said. The rummage sale was the best option because there was no overhead.

“Everything was donated,” Chapin said. “Everything we make is profit.”

Donations have rolled in from all over the community including parents, students, school staff, churches and community members who are giving their things away in the hopes of helping the choir raise money.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with donations and how generous the community has been,” Beasley said.