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Last Few Days to Donate Items to VNA Rummage Sale, Scheduled For Early October

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FAR HILLS, NJ - The tens of thousands of items sold at the giant Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills rummage sale each spring and fall come from donations from this area and and beyond - and the donation period to drop off quality used items will continue through this week, until Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Those donations will stock 26 "departments" of bargain merchandise for this fall's VNA rummage sale, which is scheduled to be held Oct. 6, 7 and 8 at the Far Hills Fairgrounds off Route 202. The sale, which dates back to the early 20th century, attracts thousands of shoppers from throughout New Jersey, as well as other states.

VNA is based in Basking Ridge

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The sale, which is staffed by hundreds of volunteers from nearby and throughout the region, is a fundraiser to help the Basking Ridge-based VNA provide home health and hospice care to families in need, along with other wellness services not covered by any insurance.

Donations accepted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Collection hours for donations are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, except Sunday, at the fairgrounds, where volunteers have already been sifting through and setting up merchandise under large white tents since earlier this month.

During donation hours, volunteers are also on hand to help unload donations from vehicles, direct traffic, and hand out forms about the VNA, as well as forms to file for tax deduction.

The VNA accepts an extensive variety of items, including clothing for all ages - including high fashion - as well as toys, household and electrical appliances in working condition, sporting goods, books, artwork, and each year, some very unique donations.

The VNA's  list of acceptable items for donation online. All donated items should be clean and in resale condition.

Donors are asked to bag or box similar items (e.g., books, clothing, household items) separately, and to limit the weight of each box or bag to less than 20 pounds to allow for easy handling by volunteers. The VNA accepts sorted paper shopping and grocery bags. 

The parking lot on the first day of the sale is usually lined up with bargain hunters waiting for the first crack at finding adult and children’s clothing, appliances, antiques, pet supplies, electronics, lighting fixtures, cameras, fabric and sewing accessories, holiday decorations, sporting goods, furniture, jewelry, toys, books, decorative items, kitchen goods, and more.

Sale hours for October

This year's sale hours are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. The sale is rain or shine, with rare cancellations or delays.

Credit cards (MasterCard & Visa) are now accepted in every department. Food is available for purchase with cash.

Admission is free. Parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended. Handicap parking is available, according to the VNA.

The Far Hills Fairgrounds is located at the intersection of U.S. 202 & Peapack Road (County road 512 ) in Far Hills. The fairgrounds and sale is located a short walking distance from the NJ Transit's Far Hills station off Route 202.

For further information, call 908-781-6445.

Proceeds help the VNA give all families equal access to the agency’s full range of home health and hospice care services, regardless of their ability to pay. Funds raised also help provide all members of the community can benefit from important and innovative programs uncompensated by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

"By helping the VNA make services like our Adult Day Center available to all those in need, your generosity will make a huge and heartfelt difference in the lives of patients, caregivers and families," according to the VNA. Many at the Adult Day Center suffer from Alzheimer's and dementia.

More information on the Visiting Nurse Association of the Somerset Hills, as well as the rummage sale, is on the VNA website.

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