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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!

Plan Ahead for Your Future!

Don’t Wait Too Long

Many older adults wait too long to incorporate resources into their lives that will help them remain independent. Planning ahead is essential to considering the options available to you if your health or circumstances change. You will have more control when you make time to carefully explore your options and do your research. You will take a lot of pressure off your family if you plan ahead and seek out the resources you need to remain healthy, active, and safe.

Benefits of a Plan

Sarah J. Crane, M.D., Mayo Clinic Geriatrician and member of the Board of Directors at Charter House, describes the importance of planning ahead:

By acknowledging the need for additional support, you will likely be able to continue to live more independently for a longer period of time. If you wait until you are in a crisis, you may have less control and much more limited options. Pay attention to emerging resources that you can take advantage of to maintain your independence. New technologies such as smart phone apps are creating options to address the challenges ranging from medication management to transportation. Be open to incorporating these new resources into your life.

What You Can Do Now

  • Develop a Plan. Find resources offering you flexibility as your needs change, don’t wait until you are in the middle of a crisis. For some, this may mean joining the waiting list for a senior community in anticipation of a future move. For others, this may mean establishing in-home care resources for assistance with daily needs.
  • Document Your Wishes. Review Mayo Clinic Advance Health Care Planning and familiarize yourself with documents such as a POLST, advanced directive, and living will. You can consult with an attorney who is specialized in elder law. Provide your health care provider and health care agents (if applicable) with a copy of your finalized documents. Keep these documents accessible and updated.
  • Connect with Resources. Contact 2-1-1; this three-digit number connects you to a free and confidential referral service through United Way to find community services, resources, and volunteer opportunities.

Click here for more information from Mayo Clinic on future health care planning!