Passing through the Accessories Department at the St. Peter Barn Sale, one can’t help but stop to admire the vast amount of items in the small area. Belts, billfolds, purses, scarves, hats, gloves, briefcases, luggage, garment bags, backpacks, wigs, hair accessories…and this is just one of nineteen departments that make up the enormous sale.
“If the Barn Sale doesn’t have what you're looking for,” states co-chair Mike Mayorga, “then I’m not sure who does!” And many times, the Barn Sale has something you may not have been looking for, yet suddenly find you can’t live without. It’s a bargain hunter’s dream come true.
Over 80,000 square feet of space will be filled with gently-used merchandise for sale this weekend at Kane County Fairgrounds, corner of Rt. 38 and Randall Rd. in St. Charles. Sales departments include Antiques, Bicycles, Electronics, Furniture, Toys, Sporting Goods, Clothing, Crafts, China, Books, Household items, Seasonal and more. Breakfast and lunch items will also be available for purchase, as well as snacks and home-baked treats.
Event co-chairs, siblings Mandy, Mike and Matt Mayorga are all under the age of 25, but are no strangers to the Barn Sale. Their parents, Miguel and Luanne Mayorga, are long-time volunteers and were 2011 co-chairs, so the Mayorga young adults have been involved with the sale for the last seven years.
St. Peter Pastor, Fr. Martins Emeh, states, “In an arena dominated by ‘middle-agers,’ it was refreshing to have young adults step up to chair the Barn Sale. It’s quite a responsibility and requires a huge time commitment. I applaud them for their efforts!”
The three co-chairs, along with many volunteers, have been at the Fairgrounds from morning until late into the evening all week, preparing for the sale. Fourteen semi-trailers of merchandise has to be unloaded, displayed and priced. But they will be ready to go at 8 a.m. on Saturday, so shoppers are encouraged to come early to find great bargains.
St. Peter Barn Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. Ample free parking is available.