Last weekend was the annual mahoo-sive garage/rummage/jumble sale at my kids'school. I am one of five parents that run it, and let me tell you, you have to see it to believe it. Oh, wait a minute - now you can - https://vimeo.com/64163089. This is a video of us setting up last year. I am in there somewhere.
We collect donations every Tuesday for the entire school year. We sort it into boxes - women's sweaters, men's trousers, kids' clothes etc. and store it in a storage facility. Then, every May we recruit an army of volunteers, take it all out of the boxes and fill three gyms with "stuff". It takes two whole days to set the sale up, and we run it over a whole weekend. It's open to the public and this year, thanks to an increased usage of social networking, we were packed.
All proceeds go to the school's scholarship fund, and let's just say we exceeded all our expectations.
And don't you know that thrift shopping is all the rage these days? For once I'm up with (or is that "down with") the latest trend.