NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple is pleased to host its
Annual Winter Rummage Sale in February. This sale, like nothing of its kind, benefits the New
Brunswick and surrounding communities. Prices are low and all proceeds benefit Anshe Emeth.
For the winter sale, only clothing will be available. The summer sale, which is held in July, offers clothing, toys, housewares, linens, electronics and furniture.
The Rummage Sale highlights the role that Anshe Emeth plays in the New Brunswick community where it is located. The Rummage Sale is reflective of the idea that the Temple and its neighbors are bound through similarities than differences despite the different cultural and ethnic backgrounds that make up the community.
The sale will be held at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, 222 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick
during the following hours:
Sunday, February 5th 9 am -2 pm
Sunday, February 12th 9 am - 2 pm
Monday, February 13th 5 pm - 7 pm
Admission is free. For more information, visit our website at www.aemt.net
Each year the temple transforms itself into a community supporting rummage sale that brings
people together to form one community which includes the New Brunswick community, the AEMT
community, the Rutgers community, those new to the United States, etc.
In a recent conversation with Deborah Cohn, AEMT Historian, we discussed the impact of the
rummage sale and how it has become bigger than anyone could have ever imagined.
Dating back more than 100 years, the rummage sale was implemented to raise funds and to
engage in the community. Evidence of the history of the rummage sale was found in the 1800
1920 online edition of the New Brunswick newspapers.
Deborah Cohn became Chair of the Rummage Sale in 2006. Her biggest achievement was
adding a winter rummage sale in addition to the summer sale. Having a sale in the winter
allowed the community to purchase clothing they needed for the winter that they might not have
been able to buy in the summer or those goods weren't available. It’s another opportunity to
come back when they have the cash. The winter sale was shorter than the summer one to
accommodate the religious school schedule.
The New Brunswick and surrounding communities have grown to expect and appreciate
AEMT’s rummage sale. They purchase carefully and are often sending items back to their home
country of origin. This shows how far reaching and global this rummage sale is.
There is always a line, especially on the first day, Everyone who arrives to shop at the
Rummage Sale is given a number. The lower the number the earlier you are let in. People want
to get in early to get the best deals. The crowd polices itself to avoid unruly behavior. There
have not been any security problems.
Some come every day. There are not many sales such as this which has such a wide variety of
offerings in this community. Residents are often willing to tell the Rummage Sale volunteers
how much this sale has helped fill a particular need at a time in their life, stories such as:
- The woman who said the winter rummage sale saved her life as she desperately needed winter coats and warm clothing for her kids.
- A woman did not have much money for a purple bridesmaid dress. When she found three purple dresses at the Rummage Sale, she was ecstatic! The dress that suited her the
was $10. She came back after the wedding hugging everyone, so happy.
- A woman came after church wearing a dress she had gotten at the Rummage Sale. She came back to the Temple to twirl around in her beautiful new dress. She had gotten so many compliments. Everyone was delighted. There is a strong connection with the community.
The Rummage Sale continues to make money for the temple and proceeds have increased
each year, grossing nearly $10,000. Increased traffic and interest is due to increased and
varied publicity outlets including print advertising, Craig’s List, online postings and paper flyers
in English and Spanish around the New Brunswick community, signage in front of temple, and
Unsold clothing is sold by the pound to organizations that run clothing drives. During the summer sale, toys are given to
day camps. Housewears are given to Catholic Charities. Unsold linens are shredded and sold or
donated stores. Anything remaining is donated to homeless shelters.
More than 100 volunteers are needed to successfully execute the Rummage Sale. Volunteers
are need before, during and after the Sale. Tasks begin weeks before the Sale and continue for
weeks after. Some of the tasks include:
- Before: sort and tag items with prices, store inventory
- During: collect money, crowd control, restock shelves
- After: assist with disbursement of unsold items outlined above
The Rummage Sale is a win- win -win all the way around:
- Win for donators to get rid of unwanted or unused things in their home
- Win for people buying wide variety and selection of items for sale. It is not charity
- Win for temple Active member of the New Brunswick community; strong fund raiser,
- Engagement of volunteers. There are few fundraisers that engage the entire community as the Rummage sale does