The Joys of Rummage

The Winchester Rotary Rummage Sale is coming so we are sorting stuff like crazy! It always amarummage sign 2zes me how much is donated. and even more surprising how it all gets organized before shale day.

I was never much into garage sales and thrift shops until I began volunteering for the Rummage Sale. You might be able to guess–I chair the Book and AV section!


The sale has been in the Armory for the last few years==even during all the Millwood construction. We fill the first floor and the outside yard. Before people start bringing things to the Armory to donate, there is over a full tractor trailer to unload.

2015 sale 2

Scenes from the 2015 sale that do not show most of the clothes, the furniture, and the books.

2015 sale 3

It takes a special kind of person to deal with rummage sale items. A strong back helps but really necessary is an obsession for order. A willingness to get dirty can also come in handy. I can figure out what people were thinking–if they were thinking==when they send some boxes to the sale. Anyway we always seem to get everything out and sorted before the early bird admission, which runs from 7 am to 8 am with free admission beginning at 8 am.

rummage folks

Incidentally, I used to participate in the early bird admission, but found the stuff I wanted did not seem to go early.

This year’s sale benefits the Child Safe Center, and volunteers from the beneficiary organization also help bring and sort rummage. High school students from Handley High’s Rotaract Club also assist as do family members and friends.

You know what they say about trash and treasures:

rummage bird