Garage sale goes to two days: Rosemount band fundraiser puts instruments in the hands of students

The Rosemount High School marching band. (Photo by Leo Avenido)
The Rosemount High School marching band. (Photo by Leo Avenido)

The Rosemount High School band program has long been recognized as one of the best in the state as evidenced by the number of awards it has gathered over the years.

But it’s not easy to keep a band program running in these times of tight financial constraints on public schools. Extracurricular activities of all kinds often have to fund raise to put the basics together for their programs.

The Rosemount band program, which may be the state’s largest, is no different.

Its biggest fundraiser of the year is going from one to two days ­— 4-8 p.m. April 21 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 — in an effort to generate more revenue from the event that puts instruments in the hands of students and sheet music on the stands in front of them.

“Since we had so much product to sell last year, we are super excited to be able to have a two-day sale this year,” said Rosemount band parent Audra Simmering.

Rosemount area residents can help out the 500-plus student program in three ways — donating items, volunteering to work the event and shopping the sale in the Rosemount High School Student Center.

The first step of donating items will run April 15-21 at the Rosemount Community Center parking lot (times listed below). This location has changed from previous years in an effort to reduce traffic congestion around the school.

“We are excited about the exposure on Highway 3 and will have large signs posted on our collection trailers,” Simmering said. “The administration and staff at RHS are also very happy about alleviating the congestion in the school parking lot.”

The sale accepts gently used items and furniture in good condition. Simmering said some of the best sellers in past years have been sporting goods, bicycles and furniture items that were in great shape.

The sale is adding a designer boutique area this year that will include higher end product. Those who have high-value items to donate should let workers at the drop-off site know about that, Simmering said.

The band is unable to accept mattresses, sofa sleepers, entertainment centers, baby furniture, car seats, strollers, exercise equipment, computers, large appliances, TVs, microwaves, metal office furniture, gas-powered items, large seasonal items like Christmas trees, food items, toiletries, bathroom fixtures, tires and undergarments.

A silent auction will be back for the second year.

People who high-value items to donate to the silent auction should contact the band.

A brat stand will serve doughnuts and coffee for the early morning shoppers on Saturday as well as brats, chips and beverages all day long in addition to being set up for Friday night.

People are needed to help in the following ways — collecting the items on donation days, setting up and cleaning up after the sale and working the sale.

“We still need section leaders who are responsible for setting up areas of the sale before it opens, we need lots of worker bees to help unload and unpack product, we need help with receiving donations at the collection trailers as well as lots of help on the day of the sale,” Simmering said. “It takes a lot of work and effort to pull off a sale of this magnitude and even if you can help out for a couple of hours, every little bit helps.”

Those who have questions about volunteering should send an email to [email protected].

Donation times are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15; 5-8 p.m. April 17-20; and large items will only be accepted 8-9 p.m. April 20 and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 21.

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