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Church rummage sale set for Oct. 3 in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, is slated to hold its annual rummage sale on Oct. 3 starting at 9 a.m.

Pamala Chieffalo, church member, said because of COVID-19, the church can only allow 25 people inside the church basement at a time.

Proceeds from this year’s sale will go toward paying off a bank loan used for repairs to the church’s roof.

Luncheon food also will be served outside, the proceeds from which will go to the deacon’s fund. Chieffalo said people waiting in line to get into the sale will be served in line so they do not lose their place.

However, there will also be chairs for people to sit on who are waiting in line to enter the sale.

Chieffalo said there will be a variety of items for sale.

“We have a ton of stuff to sell — two rooms are completely packed with it,” she said. “We have everything from household items to clothing, hand bags, children’s toys, books and we may have some furniture.”

Chieffalo said the church typically holds the rummage sale each spring, but because of COVID mandates it had to wait until this fall.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, Chieffalo said everyone must wear a mask inside the church. People will also be asked to social distance while standing in line to get in.

“It will be first come, first served. We can only allow some many in at a time. The first ones lined up will be the first ones down,” she noted. “People will enter where the awning is on Walnut Street and when they’re done and ready they will exit on Fourth Street.”

Chieffalo said to keep things running smoothly, as people exit the sale more will be let in. She said, however, people should be prepared to wait in line outside. For example, this means if there is rain in the forecast, people might want to bring an umbrella.

Chieffalo said if someone has a fever or other symptoms of illness that morning they should not attend the sale.

“These are the guidelines we have to follow. We will get them in and out as quickly as we can. Our main goal is to keep everyone safe and protected from COVID,” she added.

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