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‘Quarter of a million items’ expected at The Center’s annual Rummage Sale – Chicago Tribune

The Center’s annual Rummage Sale 2017 will be Aug. 25 and 26, one week earlier than usual this year, but the event’s timing won’t change the number of selections for bargain hunters.

Event coordinator Mark Walker said shoppers can expect about 250,000 items to choose from, most of them displayed in the large indoor riding arena at The Center’s Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.

“My estimate is about a quarter of a million items,” Walker said. “Kind of what I liken it to is an old-fashioned department store that we built from the ground up for the event. I think it works pretty well.”

Walker said it’s a “you’ve got to see it to believe it” event where “anything and everything” is on sale. In past years, the list has included everything from antique wedding dresses to Zena the Warrior collectible cards.

“You never know what’s coming in,” he said.

Forty to 50 volunteers take days to showcase items on hundreds of tables and mount pictures and decorations on the walls.

All of the items are new inventory from year-to-year, and all of the items are checked out by the volunteers ahead of time so you won’t have to do it. Items unfit to sell are recycled or discarded.

Unique and unusual items that can’t be readily identified go on a “What is it?” table, Walker said. After some research to identify the item, anything that’s not trash could quickly become someone’s treasure.

Buyers won’t find things such as car tires, mattresses, tube television sets or sleeper sofas, but a large furniture tent will be open outside the main building, filled with all kinds of gently-used furniture at bargain prices.

Kids are welcome at this family-friendly event which will feature books and toys, as well as kids and baby clothing.

Hot dogs, water and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

It’s a good idea to get there early, Walker said.

“We’ve had people lining up before7 a.m.,” he said, describing the atmosphere as “frenetic.”

“I think that there is a buzz about people searching out their treasures,” he said. “I think that’s what keeps people coming.”

If you can’t get there early, get there Saturday when prices get reduced as the sale progresses. Walker said he’s been known to “slash prices with my Sharpie” because everything must go.

Ginger Brashinger is a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown.

Rummage Sale 2017

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 and Aug. 26

Where: The Children’s Farm at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park

Admission: Free

Information: 708-361-3650 or www.thecenterpalos.org[1]

Etc.: Non-profit organizations can pick up unsold items at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

References

  1. ^ www.thecenterpalos.org (www.thecenterpalos.org)

Here’s 3 ways to raise money for schools and save on deals across the nation – The Tennessean

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Tech columnist Kim Komando talks about easy ways to save money online which in the long run will benefit your pockets and fatten up your piggies belly. Kim Komando Special for USA Today

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The Entertainment Book, City Saver and Smart Discount Cards all offer savings at restaurants, attractions and retail outlets, while serving as fundraisers for local non profits and schools.(Photo: Mary Hance / The Tennessean)Buy Photo

With the back to school season comes our annual chance to buy coupon books and cards to help schools raise money and also help ourselves save on all kinds of deals at local restaurants and attractions.

Nashville City Saver has discounts from over 340 area businesses

The Nashville City Saver[1] coupon book includes discounts from more than 340 area restaurants, attractions and shops. About 35,000 will be sold in the Nashville area, by about 75 schools, school groups and nonprofits. The books, which are (full disclosure) sponsored by The Tennessean and other businesses, sell for $25, and the school or nonprofit keeps $9 to $12.50, depending on how many books are sold.

Attractions: There are discounts to expensive attractions such as the Above all Trampoline Park, Madam Tussaud, and The Mansion at Fontanel, and deals on tickets to college games at Middle Tennessee State, Lipscomb and Belmont universities, as well as tickets to Nashville Predators and Memphis Grizzlies games.

Half-Off Coupons: You’ll find a half-off coupon for Nashville Zoo admission, a deal on the Park n Fly option near the airport, a coupon for Nashville Food Adventures, and some valuable buy one, get one free deals for cultural attractions such as Cheekwood, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Children’s Theater, the Nashville Ballet, and the Nashville Opera 

Restaurants and family fun deals: There are tons of restaurants: Neighbors, Slick Pig BBQ, Café Lula, Newks, Green Hills Grille, Donut Den, Honey Baked Ham, Bar-B-Cutie, Baskin Robbins, Cabana and more. There also are golf deals and plenty of coupons focused on saving on family fun, such as movies, bowling and birthday party venues.

Extras: There are some coupons for The Tennessean (get a digital subscription for $9.99 a year) and retail offers at Ace Hardware, Sport Seasons, Once Upon a Child, and Phillips Toy Mart. 

A big plus for City Saver is its app, which doubles your couponing pleasure, since you can use the paper coupons from the City Saver book or the app for a digital version on your phone. Coupons are good through December 2018.

To find out which area schools and groups are selling the City Savers, or for other information, email [email protected] or call 1-877-450-7283.

How it started:

Tom Beach, along with his wife, Kristin, launched the City Saver books 14 years ago in their home bonus room. Now, their company is a four-city network (Nashville, Clarksville, Memphis and Louisville, Ky.) 

Smart Savings Card: Discounts by the dozen

Innovative Funding’s Smart Savings Card[2] has been around for more than 24 years. There is a $20 card and a $10 Metro card, and both are the size of a credit card, making them easy to keep handy. The cards, which are good through Aug. 1, 2018, are sold by more than 350 organizations, schools and athletic groups and are focused on individual counties, including Davidson, Wilson, Sumner and Williamson. They also are sold at ThriftSmart stores. With the $20 card, $12 of the price goes to the school or nonprofit that sells it, and with the $10 card, $5 goes to the selling organization.

Savings: This year’s cards include several panels of one-time coupons, such as $10 off a $50 purchase at Ace Hardware, $20 off a purchase of $99.99 or more at Off Broadway, 20 percent off at ThriftSmart and a very popular $10 gift card with a new or renewed Sam’s Club membership. A new addition is 25 percent off one item at Essex Bargain Hunt .

Discounts: The cards also have dozens of discounts that can be used repeatedly. For example, there are 10 percent off coupons for Cabana, Midtown Cafe, Anatolia, Watermark, Hog Heaven and Sitar that you can use every time you eat at those restaurants. The same thing goes for a 99-cent drink offer at Exxon TigerMarket, Mapco,  and Twice Daily’s gas stations.

Bonus: You can download the smart card on your smart phone so that you can access the discounts from the phone, even without the card. 

Details: 615-254-1259 or www.smartsavingslink.com.

Nashville Entertainment Book: Discounts in 80 cities  

The Nashville Entertainment Book has been around for years as a school fundraising coupon book but diminished its presence after a bankruptcy organization. Now, it is making a comeback after Innovative Funding took over the marketing last year, offering it to about 100 of the schools that works with with Smart Cards.

Like the CitySaver book there is a handy online app, which gives book holders access not just to Nashville-area deals, but to all of the discounts offered in the Entertainment Books for 80 other cities.

National and retail opportunities: It also has the advantage of having some national travel and retail coupons, including car rentals, hotels, and retailers including Macy’s, Sears, Costco, Soma, Claire’s, Ace Hardware, Barnes & Noble, JoAnn, Michaels’, Office Max and more.

The Nashville Entertainment book is $25 and its local coupons include Anatolia, Ellendale’s, Firefly, Shalimar, Melting Pot and Ru San’s. There are lots of fast-food deals too and coupons for bowling and golf, as well as buy one, get one free admissions to Cheekwood, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Opera, the Parthenon,  Wave Country, Beech Bend and the Centennial Sportsplex. Coupons don’t expire until Dec. 30, 2018. Half of the $25 price goes to the organization that sells the books.

Details: 615-254-1259.

Stay cheap!

 Reach Ms. Cheap at 615-259-8282 or [email protected] Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/mscheap, and at Tennessean.com/mscheap, and on Twitter @Ms_Cheap, and catch her every Thursday at 11 a.m. on WTVF-Channel 5’s “Talk of the Town.”

Read or Share this story: http://www.tennessean.com/story/life/shopping/ms-cheap/2017/08/16/heres-3-ways-raise-money-schools-and-save-deals-across-nation/540078001/

References

  1. ^ Nashville City Saver (nashville.citysaver.com)
  2. ^ Smart Savings Card (www.smartsavingslink.com)

Here are 3 ways to raise money for schools and save on deals across the nation – The Tennessean

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Tech columnist Kim Komando talks about easy ways to save money online which in the long run will benefit your pockets and fatten up your piggies belly. Kim Komando Special for USA Today

Buy Photo

The Entertainment Book, City Saver and Smart Discount Cards all offer savings at restaurants, attractions and retail outlets, while serving as fundraisers for local non profits and schools.(Photo: Mary Hance / The Tennessean)Buy Photo

With the back to school season comes our annual chance to buy coupon books and cards to help schools raise money and also help ourselves save on all kinds of deals at local restaurants and attractions.

Nashville City Saver has discounts from over 340 area businesses

The Nashville City Saver[1] coupon book includes discounts from more than 340 area restaurants, attractions and shops. About 35,000 will be sold in the Nashville area, by about 75 schools, school groups and nonprofits. The books, which are (full disclosure) sponsored by The Tennessean and other businesses, sell for $25, and the school or nonprofit keeps $9 to $12.50, depending on how many books are sold.

Attractions: There are discounts to expensive attractions such as the Above all Trampoline Park, Madam Tussaud, and The Mansion at Fontanel, and deals on tickets to college games at Middle Tennessee State, Lipscomb and Belmont universities, as well as tickets to Nashville Predators and Memphis Grizzlies games.

Half-Off Coupons: You’ll find a half-off coupon for Nashville Zoo admission, a deal on the Park n Fly option near the airport, a coupon for Nashville Food Adventures, and some valuable buy one, get one free deals for cultural attractions such as Cheekwood, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Children’s Theater, the Nashville Ballet, and the Nashville Opera 

Restaurants and family fun deals: There are tons of restaurants: Neighbors, Slick Pig BBQ, Café Lula, Newks, Green Hills Grille, Donut Den, Honey Baked Ham, Bar-B-Cutie, Baskin Robbins, Cabana and more. There also are golf deals and plenty of coupons focused on saving on family fun, such as movies, bowling and birthday party venues.

Extras: There are some coupons for The Tennessean (get a digital subscription for $9.99 a year) and retail offers at Ace Hardware, Sport Seasons, Once Upon a Child, and Phillips Toy Mart. 

A big plus for City Saver is its app, which doubles your couponing pleasure, since you can use the paper coupons from the City Saver book or the app for a digital version on your phone. Coupons are good through December 2018.

To find out which area schools and groups are selling the City Savers, or for other information, email [email protected] or call 1-877-450-7283.

How it started:

Tom Beach, along with his wife, Kristin, launched the City Saver books 14 years ago in their home bonus room. Now, their company is a four-city network (Nashville, Clarksville, Memphis and Louisville, Ky.) 

Smart Savings Card: Discounts by the dozen

Innovative Funding’s Smart Savings Card[2] has been around for more than 24 years. There is a $20 card and a $10 Metro card, and both are the size of a credit card, making them easy to keep handy. The cards, which are good through Aug. 1, 2018, are sold by more than 350 organizations, schools and athletic groups and are focused on individual counties, including Davidson, Wilson, Sumner and Williamson. They also are sold at ThriftSmart stores. With the $20 card, $12 of the price goes to the school or nonprofit that sells it, and with the $10 card, $5 goes to the selling organization.

Savings: This year’s cards include several panels of one-time coupons, such as $10 off a $50 purchase at Ace Hardware, $20 off a purchase of $99.99 or more at Off Broadway, 20 percent off at ThriftSmart and a very popular $10 gift card with a new or renewed Sam’s Club membership. A new addition is 25 percent off one item at Essex Bargain Hunt .

Discounts: The cards also have dozens of discounts that can be used repeatedly. For example, there are 10 percent off coupons for Cabana, Midtown Cafe, Anatolia, Watermark, Hog Heaven and Sitar that you can use every time you eat at those restaurants. The same thing goes for a 99-cent drink offer at Exxon TigerMarket, Mapco,  and Twice Daily’s gas stations.

Bonus: You can download the smart card on your smart phone so that you can access the discounts from the phone, even without the card. 

Details: 615-254-1259 or www.smartsavingslink.com.

Nashville Entertainment Book: Discounts in 80 cities  

The Nashville Entertainment Book has been around for years as a school fundraising coupon book but diminished its presence after a bankruptcy organization. Now, it is making a comeback after Innovative Funding took over the marketing last year, offering it to about 100 of the schools that works with with Smart Cards.

Like the CitySaver book there is a handy online app, which gives book holders access not just to Nashville-area deals, but to all of the discounts offered in the Entertainment Books for 80 other cities.

National and retail opportunities: It also has the advantage of having some national travel and retail coupons, including car rentals, hotels, and retailers including Macy’s, Sears, Costco, Soma, Claire’s, Ace Hardware, Barnes & Noble, JoAnn, Michaels’, Office Max and more.

The Nashville Entertainment book is $25 and its local coupons include Anatolia, Ellendale’s, Firefly, Shalimar, Melting Pot and Ru San’s. There are lots of fast-food deals too and coupons for bowling and golf, as well as buy one, get one free admissions to Cheekwood, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Opera, the Parthenon,  Wave Country, Beech Bend and the Centennial Sportsplex. Coupons don’t expire until Dec. 30, 2018. Half of the $25 price goes to the organization that sells the books.

Details: 615-254-1259.

Stay cheap!

 Reach Ms. Cheap at 615-259-8282 or [email protected] Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/mscheap, and at Tennessean.com/mscheap, and on Twitter @Ms_Cheap, and catch her every Thursday at 11 a.m. on WTVF-Channel 5’s “Talk of the Town.”

Read or Share this story: http://www.tennessean.com/story/life/shopping/ms-cheap/2017/08/16/heres-3-ways-raise-money-schools-and-save-deals-across-nation/540078001/

References

  1. ^ Nashville City Saver (nashville.citysaver.com)
  2. ^ Smart Savings Card (www.smartsavingslink.com)
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