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32nd Annual Sidewalk Sale!

Sidewalk Sale in 2019 with shoppers at Charter House

Charter House Sidewalk Sale

Friday, July 15, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Kmart building (201 9th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904)

You’re Invited!

We invite you to our 32nd annual Sidewalk Sale! This is one of the summer’s largest sales in town. You’ll find furniture, appliances, décor, antiques, paintings, household items, plants, and much more! The best part – this community event benefits local nonprofits.

Since we’ve been unable to hold our annual Sidewalk Sale for the past 2 years, we have DOUBLE the items. First, items will be dropped off by several semi-loads. Second, Charter House staff move the items. Third, our residents organize and price the items. This collaborative event is a Rochester favorite, so don’t miss out!

Visit the 97.5 MN Hits booth who will be on-site during the Sale. Also, get a scoop of Rochester’s favorite ice cream at the Flapdoodles mobile truck.

Nonprofit Beneficiaries of the Sidewalk Sale

Sidewalk Sale proceeds will benefit local nonprofits: Family Promise Rochester, Rochester Public Library Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Thrive Child Care and Family Resource Center, Children’s Museum of Rochester, and Yellow Monkey.

What you need to know…

We hold the Sale rain or shine. Cash or check ONLY. Face masks are encouraged to protect our staff and residents. Find our event on Facebook.  Parking will be available in the Kmart parking lot.

History

In 1989, a group of residents decided to begin selling unwanted items they otherwise would have given away. They organized a large sale in front of Charter House and decided all of the money would go to local charities. The first year they raised $2,000 and the next year $4,000. The Sidewalk Sale quickly gained a following year after year and has become one of Rochester’s largest annual sales. The Sale is usually held at Charter House, but due to the large number of items we have this year, we had to move to a larger location.

To date, the Sale has raised over $300,000!

Stay Connected

Stay Connected

Did you know that staying connected to the world around you is vital for healthy aging? As individuals age, their risk for isolation increases which can increase the likelihood of deteriorating health. Being socially connected enhances your quality of life by providing avenues for meaning and purpose. Senior living communities, like Charter House, provide residents with an environment in which to meet new friends and engage with others on a daily basis. Connecting with others provides opportunities to stimulate your brain through conversations and learning. It can also provide you with a sense of belonging when you have a shared interest with others. Whether you’re maintaining longtime friendships or forming new relationships with peers, ongoing connections are vital for healthy aging.

How to Stay Connected

Here are a few ways in which our Charter House residents choose to stay social connected and engaged:

  • Volunteer: 85% of our residents are active volunteers in the Rochester community.
  • Club membership: Most of our residents participate in at least 1 group which could include a service organization, book club, health club, or social group.
  • Programming: Charter House provides over 300 different opportunities for engagement every year. Residents have ample opportunities to meet their Charter House neighbors, catch up with friends, and make new friends.
  • Classes: Charter House provides several daily fitness classes, foreign language classes, and art classes. By participating in these ongoing courses, residents can meet new friends with similar interests.