By Ron Matz

TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) —  For two decades a Baltimore County consignment shop has been helping the community.  It’s a sidewalk sale that always draws a big crowd.

Ron Matz reports Wednesday begins the third decade of reaching out to others.

The tents are going up and an army of volunteers is getting ready.  From beautiful silver to collectibles and jewelry, items from around the globe are at the Clearing House in Timonium.  It’s the 21st annual Sidewalk Sale for Charity.

“I think it’s going to be our biggest one ever. We’ve got our biggest inventory to date. We’ve got some great furniture, jewelry, china, crystal, collectibles.   You name it, we’ve got it at great prices.  Everything is half the ticketed price,” said Lisa Hudson, Clearing House, Ltd. 

Last year’s sale raised more than $12,000 for the House of Ruth, which provides services for victims of domestic violence, including counseling, legal representation and shelter. 

“It also provides services for children who’ve been affected by witnessing domestic violence,” said Jana Mauro, Associate Director of Development for the House of Ruth.

It’s the biggest sale ever there.  Everything is half off the ticketed price.

“We know there’s a greater need in the community for resources like the House of Ruth.  We have this inventory and the best thing we thought we could do is to hold a charitable sidewalk sale to help the community,” said Hudson.

BB&T Bank sponsors the tent and Wegmans has donated 1,000 bags.

“The sale means a lot because having the community support us means that we’re making a difference and people value the work we do. And they know they can always turn to us if they need to.  The money will help a great deal toward our programs for victims and their children,” said Mauro.

It’s a labor of love for all the volunteers.

“It’s great.  It’s my favorite day to work here.  It’s really a win-win to provide some household goods and furnishings for people who are struggling during these economic times, and also help donate much needed money back to the House of Ruth for their much needed services,” said Hudson.

Wednesday’s sale begins at 10 a.m.

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