Where can you take items cleaned out of drawers and closets?

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 5, 2020

Evin Burleson brings in a box of donated items for the Upscale Yard Sale sponsored by Rowan Museum. Although the sale is on hold, the museum is still accepting items. Executive Director Aaron Kepley said he hoped the sale could be rescheduled for late July. SUSAN SHINN/FOR THE SALISBIRY POST

By Susan Shinn Turner
For the Salisbury Post

Since people are being asked to stay at home, many folks have discovered it’s a good time to clean out drawers and closets.

The Upscale Yard Sale hosted by Rowan Museum is on hold, but the museum, located at 202 N. Main St., is still taking donations. The sale will eventually be held at the West End Plaza Events Center, so there’s plenty of storage room there, said Aaron Kepley, executive director.

Rowan Museum is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“We have had more people asking if we are taking things for the yard sale,” Kepley said Friday.

The sale was originally set for this weekend, according to Evin Burleson, curator. “We’ve taken in three estates. We can’t not have it.”

Kepley is asking for clean items, which can be easily reused, repurposed, or refurbished.

He added, “We don’t really take clothes or shoes, primarily because they don’t sell.”

The museum is hoping to reschedule its Upscale Yard sale for late July, Kepley said.

The staff of Community Care Clinic is sheltering in place and not seeing patients, although it is distributing medicine through a “drive-through pharmacy” set up at the front door. Staff wears masks and gloves to give out medications.

Community Care Clinic serves uninsured and underinsured adults in Rowan County.

Its medical director, Dr. Amy Smith, is seeing patients via telemedicine. Debbie Hill, dental coordinator, wrote a $250 Thrivent grant, which will go to purchase staple goods for patients who have lost their jobs.

“We’re all trying to do our part,” said Krista Woolly, executive director.

In its annual newsletter, the clinic lists ongoing needs. Those needs currently include: toilet paper, paper towels, stamps, copy paper, and large kitchen trash bags. Please call ahead at 704-636-4523 to donate items.

This past week, Goodwill at 836 Jake Alexander Blvd W., was doing a brisk business with people unloading trunks of their vehicles. However, the store is now temporarily closed.

Although the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1707 S. Main St., is closed to the public for shopping, you can still drop off donations at the door. Call ahead at 704-642-1222 to make sure someone is there, said Coleman Emerson, executive director.

“We still have been able to take contributions if people come by,” he said.

Normally, Habitat for Humanity picks up large donations from homes, Emerson noted. “We stay busy picking up things all the time.”

So for now, please hold onto all those treasures you’re finding in drawers and closets.

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