Our 2013 event was the 6th anniversary of the 5th Bridge Goods for Good Event and it was our best year ever, raising over $33,000 for various charities (all from unwanted goods). The weather was considerably less than perfect, but since the majority of the 25 sites were under roof the event still flourished and we had a lot of fun (check out the photos on our website). THANK YOU to all the volunteers who hosted the sales, all the donors who donated goods to sell, and all the shoppers who supported the sales. Let’s do it again next year and get all your friends involved too. Tentative Dates: May 16th & 17th, 2014.
What is Goods for Good?
There are lots of communities that host city-wide rummage sale events and there are lots of individual rummage sales for specific charities. Some events may have a charitable component like a food shelf donation as admission or their sale leftovers may be donated to a charity, but the 5th Bridge Goods for Good event in Northfield is the only city-wide rummage sale event (that we know of) that is all about charity and philanthropy. Every site selects the charity or cause that will benefit from their sale’s proceeds and agrees to give at least 50% of the money raised to that charity. The goods to sell are donated by friends, families, or neighbors and any leftover goods are then donated to a charity. Each year we have a growing number of large sales, hosted by churches, schools, and non-profit organizations that anchor the event. Then more and more individual and neighborhood sales join the fun to raise money for their favorite charities. Together it creates a great synergy that produces results.
5th Bridge makes it easy!
5th Bridge promotes the event regionally, produces site maps, provides signs, provides an on-line tool kit with helpful tips, coordinates the disposal of leftovers, and helps distribute the proceeds. A small donation (suggested donation $25/site) to 5th Bridge to help defray the costs of this community event is greatly appreciated but not required. For info call Candy at 507-581-3017 or email [email protected].
People who host sites are able to simplify their lives by getting rid of unwanted items, volunteer their time to organize a sale, and raise money for their favorite charity. People who shop will be able to purchase things they needed or wanted at affordable prices, discover hidden treasures and know that their purchases will benefit a good cause. Charitable groups, clubs, churches and other good causes will receive donations of new money that don’t take away from any other existing fund raising efforts. All in all it is a win-win for everyone.
All are welcome to participate!
To host a sale site…If your Northfield area family, book club, sports team, church, non-profit organization, or neighborhood didn’t get the chance to participate in Goods for Good this year, plan on participating next year. If your group already hosts an annual garage sale that benefits charity (or would be willing to give at least half your proceeds to the charity of your choice), consider aligning your sale with Goods for Good. The bigger this event gets the more everyone will succeed. Tentative Dates for next year are May 16th & 17th, 2014.
Everybody is welcome and highly encouraged to shop the sales!!!!!
Can’t Host a Sale, but want to support the Goods for Goods Event?
Shop to Sales and know that your purchases will support lots of great causes. A printable map of the sites will be available a few days before the event, maps will also be available in a specially marked news box in front of the Northfield News office at 115 5th St. W. Northfield, and at each of the sale site. So look for the Goods for Goods signs!
Also, keep in mind that you can host a garage sale anytime and donate the proceeds to charity.
For more information about other volunteer opportunities visit www.5thbridge.org
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Toolkit for Sites
Printable Signup Form
Printable Site Sign
Printable Price Labels (Fits Avery 5167 labels. Label size = .5” x 1.75”; 80 labels per sheet)
Goods for Good Informational Flyer
Goods for Good Shopping Flyer (8 1/2 x 11)
Goods for Good Shopping Flyer (11 x 17)
Tips For Your Sale
What Sells and What Doesn't Sell