‘Gigantic Royal Rummage Sale’; Donations will be collected on Aug. 11-12 | SummitDaily.com

‘Gigantic Royal Rummage Sale’; Donations will be collected on Aug. 11-12

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Since locals always donate “really nice stuff,” the Summit County Seniors have re-christened their popular fundraiser with a new name – the Gigantic Royal Rummage Sale.

The Royal Rummage Sale is set to run Aug. 13-16 at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, Peak 1 Blvd, south of Frisco.

“It’s just a phenomenon that has grown over the years,” said Jean Reitan, the rummage sale chairwoman, noting all the high-quality items sold each year make the rummage sale “royal.”

And it’s a good thing locals take cleaning out their basements and attics seriously. All funds collected at the sale aid local organizations benefiting the senior population in Summit County. Applications for grant funding should be procured from the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

Besides having a general sale encompassing clothes, electronics and home goods, the Seniors will also host a silent auction, its booty including a car (a white 1994 Mercury Saber LS with 45,000 miles on it), a pontoon boat and a “gorgeous” fox fur coat. Wine presentations, restaurant coupons and original artwork will also be available for bids.

For people who like to have first pick, a special presale is kicking off the fundraiser on Aug. 13 from 5-8 p.m. Admission for the presale is $10.

Regular sale hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 16. All items inside of the building will go for $1 a bagful on the last day and other item prices will be greatly reduced.

The Senior’s annual charitable event began in 1988 as both a rummage and bake sale. After earning $174 in its first year, what used to be known as the Gigantic Rummage Sale has increased its revenue greatly since its inception.

“Over $40,000 was raised last year – and that was a bad year. Last year we had horrible, inclement weather,” Reitan said, noting that this year’s goal is to collect an equal amount of money or more.

Donations for the general sale will be collected at the Senior Center from noon to 5 p.m. on Aug. 11, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m on Aug. 12. Large furniture, mattresses, large appliances, televisions and computer monitors without computers won’t be accepted.

According to Reitan, top-selling items in past years include smaller electronics, radios, vacuum cleaners, high-end clothes, furniture, sports equipment, bikes, exercise equipment, baby furniture, kitchen items and bedding.

“A lot of people when they move, they just give us their stuff,” Reitan said. “We’ve had some marvelous things – a piano one year. … We won’t know what to expect until donations start rolling in, and we do discriminate on what we accept – it should be in good condition.”

For more information, call the Summit County Community and Senior Center at (970) 668-2940.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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