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Large rummage sale returns to Prince of Peace in Lake Villa

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  • Prince of Peace Parish in Lake Villa has been hosting its annual rummage sale for 16 years. Proceeds benefit the Catholic parish's school.

    Prince of Peace Parish in Lake Villa has been hosting its annual rummage sale for 16 years. Proceeds benefit the Catholic parish's school.
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Find anything from clothing to power tools and more at Prince of Peace Parish's annual rummage sale in Lake Villa June 6-8.

Inside, clothes, toys and collectibles will fill eight classrooms and a gymnasium. Outdoors, there will be rows of small and large tents with house appliances, sporting goods, power tools and an assortment of other big-ticket items.

Prince of Peace's indoor-outdoor sale will run 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 6 and 7, and 8 a.m. to 2 p. m. June 8, at the corner of routes 83 and 132.

The rummage sale has been a fixture in Lake Villa for 16 years, drawing shoppers from across Lake County, Cook County, southern Wisconsin, and eastern McHenry County.

Proceeds benefit Prince of Peace School.

"It's like an indoor mall and outdoor sidewalk shopping all wrapped up into one location," said Kathleen Rauch, rummage sale chair. "It's a suburban bazaar for the whole family to come and enjoy."

As one of the largest rummage sales in northwestern Lake County, organizers have had to become more creative with the indoor and outdoor space. Past rummage sales have also offered a range of cars, minivans, boats, campers and other recreational vehicles.

"We get bigger and bigger every year, which requires more and more floor or ground space to display our goods both indoors and outdoors," Rauch said. "We have also expanded recycling operations, added food and refreshments, and introduced new services such as delivery for large items."

Classrooms will be categorized by men's, women's and children's clothing, as well as antiques, collectibles, crafts, linens, books, and toys. The gym will be stacked with computers, stereos, home and office furniture, and appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators. Outdoor tents will showcase sporting goods, tools, vehicles, auto parts, mowers, and an array of auto, specialty and lawn and garden tools.

Rauch credits the success of the rummage sale to the large contingent of volunteers who assist throughout the year. Parishioners collect, store and unload donations that come in during the winter and spring months.

"It's really a church and community effort," Rauch said. "During the three days, you will find more than 200 volunteers along with their family and friends helping to serve up food and beverages, assist you throughout the grounds, or load your merchandise."

Donations will be accepted through June 4. For details, call (847) 356-6111 or email

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