Donate unwanted clothes, knick-knacks and more to annual Rummage Sale |

Donate unwanted clothes, knick-knacks and more to annual Rummage Sale

The Summit County Community and Senior Center is prepping for their annual Rummage Sale. The tents outside of the building will feature sports equipment and camping gear, while the inside has lots of clothes, knick knacks and kitchenware among other items.
Elise Reuter / ereuter@summitdaily |

Furniture, clothes and knick-knacks are already beginning to pile high in the Community and Senior Center, as the annual rummage sale returns to Summit County. The oversized yard sale raises funds that are granted to organizations that help seniors each year.

Donations for the sale start on Tuesday morning, at 9 a.m. and will continue until 6 p.m. on Wednesday. While the center will accept most items, they cannot take large appliances — such as stoves or fridges — cribs, mattresses, car seats, helmets, cathode-ray-tube TVs or books.

Several items are already in the building, including full tea sets, loads of clothes, camping equipment, pots, pans, and plenty of Christmas decorations. The oddest item by far is a two-seat outhouse donated by a woman who moved to Bill’s Ranch and found the little piece of history in her yard.

The silent auction, the largest part of the sale, will feature two cars — a 1995 Toyota Camry LE and a 1996 Porsche 928S. The auction will start Thursday, July 30, and will last until 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.

The sale itself lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a $2 bag sale on Sunday morning, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shoppers are given Target bags that they can fill and carry away for $2 with any remaining items.

The sale has grown each year since it began in 1990. Last year, the Community and Senior Center raised $45,000, with the help of 634 volunteers. The funds were given to Bristlecone Health Services, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, Search and Rescue, Timberline Adult Daycare, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival and the Community Care Clinic.

“We’re asking to give to grants that in some way help seniors,” said Jo Ring, who has run the sale for the last four years. For example, donations to Search and Rescue will help them buy a special litter to help airlift injured hikers out of precarious situations.

“There’s always an active senior group here,” she said.

She added that the sale will still take volunteers to help with sales, including helping shoppers pick sports equipment that suits their needs. While 20 people will help clean up after the sale, including Linda Mitchell with Horse Sense Thrift Store and Tom Prentiss with Got Trucking, she added that extra help on Sunday would be appreciated.

“If anybody wants to help us on Sunday, we can use that. The more volunteers the better,” Ring said. “This is really dependent on everything going away on Sunday.”

To volunteer, call the Community and Senior Center’s main line at 970-668-2940.

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