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Successful charity rummage sale returns

SAMANTHA STANDRING
special to the daily

The 23rd Summit Seniors Royal Rummage Sale will be taking all of your goods and taking over the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco from Tuesday through Sunday.

Donations for the sale will be collected from noon to 5 p.m., on Tuesday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Wednesday.

There will be a special presale on Thursday evening, giving attendees first pick to snap up the best items offered.

With an entrance fee of only $10, this early sale is always a popular choice.

The main sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, with a “fill a bag for $1” policy on Sunday.

All profits from the rummage sale will go to charitable organizations benefitting seniors in the Summit County area. No funds go to the Summit County Seniors organization hosting the event.

Last year, the sale managed to raise a huge $46,000. The money was awarded to Bristlecone, Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, Summit Community Care Clinic, Summit County Rescue Group and Timberline Adult Day Service.

Any nonprofit group can apply to receive funding from the sale.

The sale will be packed with housewares and electronics, sporting goods, clothing, linens and shoes, children’s apparel and toys, books, and craft and boutique items.

“We get everything from clothes to bicycles…skis…boots…” says Ann Defiel, new chairperson of the sale.

Walmart has donated its old racks of clothes specially. Christy Sports has likewise donated items.

The organizers are planning on so much being available this year that they have decided the building is now too small. They have hired an extra tent to house the goods.

Not only are there all these regular sale items, but the annual silent auction will also be held.

Past items have included fur coats, a piano and a car. Auction winners have previously taken part from as far away as Denver.

This year’s auction will have two electric bikes, wine presentations, dinner certificates and furs. They are further seeking donations of other luxury items for the auction including a car, a boat and vacation weeks.

This extensive range of goods is being organized by a new team following the departure of longtime chairwoman Jean Reitan. Defiel takes the plunge with co-chairs Denise Lykins and Jackie Tobin.

Defiel has been helping out at the rummage sale for about six years prior to taking up the position.

She has loved volunteering for the sale. She has “so many friends up here who are locals,” she says, and she feels like she’s “helping them too.”

Volunteers for the sale come from all over the United States, some even planning their vacations around the event, says publicity chair Becky Price.

The undertaking of such a sale is an enormous organizational task. Last year, volunteers amounted over 500 hours of service during the five-day event.

Defiel says that she got here just after the beginning of July and has worked on the project every day since, along with the help of her co-workers.

They have been helped by businesses in the area including The Boatyard, KFC and City Market, which have given food to the busy volunteers.

Summit County Seniors ask as many people as possible to get involved by donating goods.

However, large furniture, mattresses, large appliances, televisions, and computer monitors without computers will not be accepted.


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