The organizing committee for The Barn Sale, a yearly tag sale held each fall with proceeds supporting United Counseling Service (UCS), knew they had a lot of high quality merchandise but were apprehensive about how much they were going to sell. A new location, the Riley Rink, and a late surge of summer weather changed the successful equation that had worked in years past. But the 2015 Barn Sale exceeded expectations setting a new record for the event by raising $37,003.29 and enjoyed an increase in people attending the sale. The Barn Sale was held Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20.
“This is a special event because proceeds help people in the community who need assistance in improving their lives. The organizing committee thoroughly enjoys the process because we know that our efforts support life changing services provided by UCS,” said lead event organizer Ruth Hoffman. “We knew that it would be a great sale when 140 people were lined up outside the door before the sale even started!”
Nearly three quarters of the Riley Rink was filled with merchandise ranging from furniture to sports equipment, fashionable clothing and china sets. After day one of the sale had ended, many of the available items had found new homes with excited buyers. Increased foot traffic, and a “buzz” about the sale, created a $9,000 increase in sales from the 2014 event and is the most raised by the group during their tenure hosting the Barn Sale.
“We’re deeply appreciative of the organizing committee for putting in an incredible amount of work to make this sale so successful. It’s a real demonstration of the commitment people in the Northshire have to helping those who need it most,” said Northshire UCS Director Peg Gregory.
“The overwhelming success of this year’s sale really lived up to the moniker ‘the best tag sale in Vermont,’ said Hoffman.