Best glasses competition at Rummage Family Night. | Ray Persino, giving Rummage Co-Coordinator Hope Poor the proceeds from a special Rummage sale. | Jacqueline Willrich with Laima Francis, modeling a donated hat that would be perfect for next year’s Kentucky Derby.

By Vivian Vahlberg 

2018 Rummage

One of the joys of the annual Kenilworth Union Church Rummage sale is captured by the quirky little saying on our new bright yellow Rummage yard signs: “You never know what you might find.”

Shoppers always know they will find bargains galore on everything from clothing to household goods to jewelry to books at the sale, which is just a week away—next Thursday, July 12 and next Saturday, July 14.

But shoppers also regularly find surprises wherever they look—things they didn’t know they needed or wanted until they saw them. That was my experience last week, working in the Toy Department, when I spotted a beautiful wooden Noah’s Ark sorting puzzle I just have to buy for our friend’s new baby, Noah.

Every year is different—because it all depends on what gets donated. Rummage workers never know what’s going to be in the next bag, trunk, or truck filled with donations.

This year, for example, amidst all the many bikes donated this year, Ray Persino, a stalwart of Rummage’s Men’s Department, spotted a Trek bike, which as a cyclist he knew was quite valuable. So Ray did some research and found he could sell it online for $600, far more that Rummage could get for it on sale day. So Ray got clearance to sell it online, in order to make more money for Rummage.

You can see a preview of some of the fun merchandise Rummage has this year by following Rummage’s Instagram feed (kucrummage) or the Kenilworth Union Church Rummage Sale Facebook page, where social media coordinator Mack Guthrie is posting new pictures every day.

Or take a look at the amazingly long list of all the different kinds of merchandise offered at Rummage, in our new Guide to The Departments. It shows what you can find where in Rummage’s 24 different departments.

And now for the basics for Rummage shoppers:

  • For maximum choice, come to the Premium Presale on Thursday, July 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll pay a 50 percent markup for the privilege of shopping early. But since most items are one of a kind, this enables you to purchase treasures that might not still be around on Saturday.
  • For maximum bargains, come to the Grand Sale on July 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., where you’ll pay regular price. Don’t worry: so many wonderful items have been donated there will be plenty to choose from. And for the greatest bargains of all, listen for announcements toward the end of the sale of bag sales and other deep discounts that are often available as the end approaches.
  • Rummage does not take credit or debit cards and will take checks only if the name and address on the check match the information on the driver’s license. So be sure to bring plenty of cash or checks: if you shop in multiple departments (as most people do), you will need a separate check for each department. All items must be paid for before you leave a department. We don’t put items on hold.
  • Remember that every penny you spent at Rummage raises money for a good cause—because all proceeds go to the 39 outstanding social service agencies supported by the church’s Outreach program. So don’t hold back; shop to your heart’s content!