Marion church hosts community yard sale

Vendors raise money for good causes
Aug 1, 2022

MARION — A community yard sale on Sunday gave people a chance to pick up some found treasures at a great price — and support worthwhile causes in the process. 

The yard sale, hosted by the First Congregational Church of Marion, had a parking lot full of vendors who, for $20 per table, could brave the summer heat and make money selling old books, odds and ends, and handmade crafts in an open air market. 

Oakley Campbell, 15, is a Boy Scout in Marion. He set up a table selling jewelry left to him by his late grandmother to raise money for an Eagle Scout project aiming to set up life saving stations along beaches and wharves.

“When lifeguards aren’t there they’ll have stations just in case something happens,” said Campbell.

So far, business has been good, making about $200 in profit, said his mother Kristen St.John-Campbell, although he will need to raise $4,000 to complete the life saving stations.

Meanwhile, the Sippican Woman’s Club in Marion were out in force raising money for a scholarship fund for Marion youth. In the past, they raised $12,000 for students who graduated from Old Rochester Regional Highschool and other local schools, said Janet Reinhart, past president of the Woman’s Club.

One of the more popular booths at the yard sale was operated by the church and was chock-full of cookies, cupcakes and whoopie pies. This booth, along with a row of tables staffed by church volunteers selling donated items, raised money for the church.

This is the second annual community yard sale the church hosted. After the success of last year’s event, said Pastor Richard Woodward, organizers knew they had a winning formula on their hands. 

But before this, said event organizer Judith Coykendall, the church had a much larger open air market on Main Street, which took a lot more work to put on.

“We’d take over the whole street,” said Coykendall. “It was a wonderful shindig.” 

She added that “as the church people get older,” the church is, “pressing the easy button now, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”