Rummage at Kenilworth Union Church is currently scheduled for July 16 and 18, with donations and sorting to begin in early June.  However, this, like so many other things these days, depends on the corona virus situation and on how long current containment measures are in effect. Your Rummage Coordinators will be monitoring developments closely and expect to make a decision later this spring about whether it is possible or wise to proceed with the sale.  So please, stay tuned.

Drop off for donations is early this June or if you cannot wait, below are some options:

If you’ve got room, just box up your donations and save them in a corner of your basement or attic until June drop off. But if that’s not possible consider donating to one of these excellent organizations:

  • Humble Design accepts donations of a wide range of gently used furniture and household goods, which they use to furnish homes for clients of local homeless and abuse shelters who are emerging from homelessness. Donations accepted Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m., at 431 W. Pershing Road on the second floor of the U-haul Building. It’s suggested you contact Betsy Harootyan or Carrie Hoza when you are on your way. Also, for a minimum donation of $100, they offer scheduled furniture pickups in Chicago, Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Northbrook, Kenilworth, and Highland Park on Thursdays between 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Check the website for lists of what they do and don’t accept and to make a furniture pickup request. Humble Design is one of the church’s Outreach Agencies.
  • Sister Sales Estate Sales: If you’re downsizing or managing the estate of a loved one, please know that Kenilworth Union is partnering with Sister Sales for those who wish to have a conducted estate sale with the proceeds (or a portion of the proceeds) donated to the Church Outreach Fund. Sales can be conducted at any time throughout the year. Sister Sales is an estate sale company owned and operated by long time church members, Traci Groff, and Dene Hillinger.  Please contact Traci Groff for details.
  • North Shore Exchange: People with high-end furniture and women’s clothing and accessories to donate can generate money for Outreach by placing their items with North Shore Exchange, a charitable resale shop which will credit half the sale price to Rummage upon request. The Exchange donates its share of the proceeds (after expenses) to charity as well.
  • YWCA Shop for Good, at 1107 Central Avenue in downtown Wilmette accepts women’s clothing, accessories, and shoes.This shop is a project of YWCA Evanston/North Shore, one of the Kenilworth Union Outreach Agencies. All of the proceeds support the YWCA’s domestic violence and economic empowerment programs for women in northeastern Cook County. Open for donations Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12–5 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Deliver to the door at the rear parking lot off 11th St. Or request pickup at 847-853-8888 or
  • Winnetka Congregational Church: Accepts donations year-round, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. drop-off at the west end of the Pine Street parking lot of the Winnetka Community House (down flight of stairs to basement level). Furniture pick up available (generally Fridays), but must call 847-446-0575 or e-mail to arrange and to have donation vetted. Accepts wide range of items if in great condition. Does not accept computers, printers, mattresses, infant gear (e.g. strollers, cribs, and car seats), and some other items.
  • Christ Church-Winnetka: Accepts donations year-round, seven days a week, with drop-off at the back door of the Schroeder Building, 700 Oak Street (in the Oak Street parking lot:  street level—no stairs). 8 a.m.–4 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.–noon on weekends. Accepts wide range of items. Don’t drop off furniture; for free monthly furniture pick up for New Trier Township residents, call 847-446-2850 or e-mail to arrange pickup and to get donations vetted. Does not accept mattresses, office furniture, tube TVs, damaged broken or stained items and other items.
  • Chicago Furniture Bank: Accepts mattresses (twin, full, queen), bed frames (metal, quick, and easy to disassemble), box springs, cribs, sofas, couches, loveseats, armchairs, chairs, dressers, tables (kitchen, end, bedside), mirrors, artwork, household items (microwaves, toasters, dishes, utensils, glassware, pots and pans). Does not accept large sectional couches, large wooden bed frames, sleeper sofas, king-sized mattresses, large bookshelves, china cabinets, armoires, entertainment centers, TV stands, outdoor furniture, electronics, linens, “soft goods,” clothes, exercise equipment. Drop off at 4800 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Weekdays 9 a.m.–5 p.m., but call ahead to 312-752-0211. Pickups can be arranged for a tax-deductible fee. See website for pickup request form and other information about donation requirements.
  • St. Nicholas Catholic Church—Evanston: Accepts donations only from July 14–17 for the July 20 sale. 806 Ridge Avenue. No pick-up available—donors must get donations to school gym themselves. 847-864-1185: Mary Moring, sale chair.
  • eAngel Community provides our Kenilworth Union Church donors a way to donate non-cash items to deserving qualified nonprofit organizations. Donors simply register with eAngel and follow the prompt to donate, then eAngel matches each donation with 501c3 eAngel member nonprofits seeking your gift item. The nonprofit will then contact the donor to arrange pickup (which may take up to two weeks after the match). eAngel welcomes a variety of types of donations—even materials from home demolition and rehab projects. eAngel does not accept used mattresses, bedding, or undergarments.
  • For other ideas, look at the directory of North Shore rummage sales that are part of the North Shore Chicago Rummage consortium, of which the Church is a member.


Click here for new ways to support outreach with Luxury Items and Estate Sales.


Click here for Vivian Vahlberg’s letter to the Rummage Crew.


Click here for Vivian Vahlberg’s Rummage Update from the April 19 Luncheon.