The members of Boy Scout Troop 474 don't do things by halves.

The members of Boy Scout Troop 474 don't do things by halves.

Whereas most Scout groups raise a little bit of money here, a little bit there to pay for activities, Troop 474 does it all in one fell swoop.

The 2016 edition of the Mega-Huge Garage Sale is set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St.

It is a tradition of long standing.

"To the best of our knowledge, this is the 35th year," Scoutmaster Chip Herr said last week. "It was just done as an initial fundraiser, which is what it continues to be. It provides the operating funds for our troop programs for one year."

As in years past, clothing, furniture, appliances, toys, sporting goods, housewares and books will be for sale. Items of special value or collectibles also will be available, but are set aside for collectors, Herr said.

"What's amazing is you have a group of people who come together," said Susan Gaunce, who has been involved in organizing the garage sale for the past few years. "They work throughout the summer picking up people's items that they didn't sell at their garage sale ... then moving them all to one location and unpacking them and setting the things up for a week.

"It is a lot of work. Each item is touched two or three times, maybe more."

"It's more of a community-service project as well," Herr said. "We're helping people clean out their houses, provide an avenue for donations. It's evolved into quite a recycling program as well."

It used to be difficult to find charitable organizations willing to take items left over after the Mega-Huge Garage Sale, but in the past 10 years or so, through networking with nonprofits and with the help of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, the aftermath of the event no longer fills two 40-yard dumpsters, according to the scoutmaster.

The sale provides some valuable lessons to the scouts themselves, Herr added.

"First and foremost, the benefit of community service, what it means to help out and give back to the community, and to be environmentally conscious," he said. "It falls under 'do a good turn daily.'

"There are people who have been coming to this sale for decades, even coming from out of state."

The sale over the years has brought in some interesting items, to say the least, Herr said. These have included a barber chair, boats and even a vehicle or two for a silent auction.

"We end up every year with a couple of items, we don't even know what they are," Herr said. "We just put out a general call: any clues?

"We can't thank Overbrook (Presbyterian) enough. They're a strong supporter of the troop for over 55 years now."

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