This year’s Rummage Sale may be the largest yet
A long line snaked outside of the Community and Senior Center in Frisco as shoppers geared up for the first day of the annual Rummage Sale. Piles of donated skis, boots and strollers were organized into neat lines outside of each tent, while inside, racks of clothing, piles of pottery, Christmas trees and knick knacks filled each corner.
Jo Ring, organizer of the event, said this year brought more items than ever before. The piles will slowly shrink over the next three days as donated goods are bought up by the hundreds.
Emily Spitzner, who has volunteered with the sale for the past four years, said that 150 people came to last year’s pre-sale. Starting Thursday evening, shoppers were able to enter the area for $10 to have first pick of the piles of donated goods.
The regular sale will continue Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, a $2 bag sale from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. lets shoppers fill a Target back with any indoor goods, with each bag costing $2. Outside, sports equipment, furniture and other items will have prices docked.
“There are people who come in looking for specific things,” Spitzner said. “You have your artisans who come and make benches and chairs out of skis.”
She added that one woman comes in and buys old candles, melting them down to make them into her own. Another woman from Arizona drives up every year to buy wool to make rugs.
“People come to get sweaters for ugly Christmas sweater parties. Or they’ll get Halloween costumes,” Spitzner said. “The Christmas stuff goes like crazy.”
The largest prizes are reserved for the silent auction, which lasts Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, Aug. 1. This year, Summit Seniors have two cars up for auction: a 1995 Toyota Camry LE and a 1986.5 Porsche 928S.
The proceeds of the Rummage Sale are pooled together with other fundraisers Summit Seniors conducts throughout the year, and are granted to organizations that aid Summit County seniors. Last year’s sale brought in $35,000, granted to Search and Rescue, the Community Care Clinic, Timberline Adult Daycare and several others.
Spitzner and Jacki Tobin run the checkout counter, ringing a bell every time someone “rounds up” their payment, donating a little extra money to the cause.
Outreach doesn’t end with the grants — often shoppers will use their newfound goods for outreach projects. Spitzner said that people would put together little shampoos, lotions and other small products to make gift bags for women’s shelters. Others will look for sweaters and warm jackets to give to the homeless.
While Summit Seniors has a lineup of several volunteers for this weekend, Ring said more help is always welcome. To volunteer, call the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco at 970-668-2940.
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