URBANA — The organizers of the annual Champaign County Humane Society GIANT Garage Sale later this month will accept, starting this week, donations of items for the sale.
Donations of good, usable, unbroken items will be accepted at Kesler Hall at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana from Thursday through May 19.
What donations are accepted? Clothing, books, jewelry, housewares, small appliances, toys, tools, gardening supplies, holiday decorations, sports equipment, animal-care items and other treasures no longer needed.
Large pieces of furniture and large kitchen appliances, windows, doors, tires, paint, chemicals and sets of encyclopedias will not be accepted, but just about everything else is needed.
The sale will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 24 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25. A $2 admission fee is charged from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 24. A $3 bag sale will run from 3 to 6 p.m. May 25. A giveaway of leftovers is set for 10 a.m. to noon May 26, with a $1 admission.
"The GIANT Garage Sale is one of two major fundraisers for the Humane Society," said Mare Payne, the chairwoman of the sale. "Last year we made more than $58,000 — another new record — for the care of the animals that come to the shelter."
All proceeds support the work of the Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main St., U. In the nearly 30 years of the sale, more than $500,000 has been raised.
Payne needs volunteers to sort, organize, sell and clean up, beginning today and continuing through May 28. An orientation for new volunteers will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"The success of the sale — and it is very successful — depends on four factors: Generous donors who give their goods; committed volunteers who give their time; devoted shoppers who come seeking bargains; and all of the above who spread the word about this great sale," Payne said.
Last year, 150 volunteers contributed about 4,000 hours during the two weeks of the sale.