Keeping Creede clean one closet at a time

CREEDE — The second week of July has become a tradition in Creede. The Ladies Aid Society will be hosting its annual Rummage Sale at the Virginia Christensen Multi-use Facility on La Guarita Street.

Once referred to as the largest and only department store in Creede, the doors will open on Wednesday, July 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then open again from 5 to 7 p.m. in the evening for anyone who is working during the day and unable to attend during the day.

One of the highlights of Wednesday is the live and silent auction full of unique items. The rummage sale continues on Thursday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you have items to donate, please bring your clean items on Monday, July 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Tuesday, July 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We ask that your items be clean and in good working order and if possible, please label any bedding by size (twin to California King). The LAS cannot accept CS’, textbooks, books on tape, encyclopedias, magazines, electronics, computers, large appliances, TVs, or mattresses/box springs,” organizers stated.

2023 is the Ladies Aid’s 124th year of service in the Creede Community. The money raised through the rummage sale and other Ladies Aid activities provides sewn fabric bags full of toiletries to migrant workers in the Valley, contributes to the senior lunch program in Creede, arranges meal trains for new parents and those recovering from surgeries, donates to the local veterinary clinic, hosts bereavement dinners for local families, donates to the Creede Repertory Theatre, assists with heating, rent, and medical bills, sends cash gifts to all the Veterans at Home Lake during the Christmas season, hosts a Christmas Corner full of handmade crafts for sale in the community during Creede’s Chocolate Festival, donates to the multi-county Food Care and Share Program, donates to the Creede Early Learning Center including their Imagination Library program, donates to the Mineral County Search and Rescue team, and has a “Sewing Sisters” component that provides quilts for local newborns, sews quilts, neck pillows, blankets, walker bags, and more to the Veterans at Home Lake, and sews fabric bags filled with toiletries to be given to kids placed in emergency foster care.

“Recently, one of our members referred to the Ladies Aid Society as Creede’s version of the United Way,” organizers stated.