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Everything from toothbrushes to chainsaws were supplied to visitors of the Winter Garage Sale Fundraiser this past weekend at the Blackduck Resource Center.

The sale was open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and closed at noon on Saturday. The event raised a total of $619.14, which all goes to benefit the Resource Center.

The center will use the money to pay rent and cover other expenses. A months' rent is $450.

"That will help so much," said Jolene Engelking, service access specialist at the Resource Center said. "It's one of the harder places to find in our budget is the actual rent cost."

Aside from a ton of clothing, the sale featured books, movies, games, dishes, jewelry and everything in between.

"It was nice getting to have people in and out of the building that you might not normally see and the faces we do see," Engelking said.

A chainsaw, a VCR and two power drills were the favorite items at the sale, according to Engelking.

"The VCR went right away because no has them anymore," Engelking said.

The items not sold at the sale will continue to benefit those in need. When the sale closed at noon Saturday, the Disabled American Veterans showed up at 12:30 p.m. and took the rest of the goods.

"It helped us not to have to store all that stuff, but it was also able to help them out, too," Engelking said.

According to Engelking, the DAV will give the items to programs in Duluth, Minn. and Fargo, N.D., and they will try and sell them at various stores. If they aren't sold after a period of time, they will be made into insulation or other usable materials.

Apart from items for sale, the Resource Center also had a leftover supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste from Mission of Mercy, a program that provided free dental care in Bemidji this past summer.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste were handed out to everyone who visited the sale.

"Just hearing people say things along the lines of 'I haven't changed my toothbrush in over a year' or 'I don't even have a toothbrush,'" Engelking said. "Little things like that."

In the past, the Resource Center has done rummage sales in the summer also. Engelking said the Center wasn't sure if they will hold one in the summer of 2014 or not.

"I can see a result from that," she said of the tangible items she's able to give to visitors. "Little bits of joy like that."

Jillian Gandsey

Jillian Gandsey is the Multimedia Editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is an Iron Range native and a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State University. Follow Jillian on Twitter and Instagram @jilliangandsey. Contact her at 218-333-9786, 218-996-1216 or at 

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