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Home arrow COMMUNITY arrow Columnists arrow DORY'S DIARY: Rummage sales get a new name


DORY'S DIARY: Rummage sales get a new name

Did you know that rummage sales are no longer called rummage sales?

No, they are becoming modernized and now are known as “Make an Offer” sale.

I learned the new phrase by donating some things and then attending a recent March sale that seems to start off the season early each year. At first I found the new title a little disconcerting, but as the time wore on, I found it worth the consideration.

I haven’t been in the habit these last several years of going rummage sale hunting, especially alone, because the fun of it is sharing the search with someone else, but maybe it was because the sun was shining that I decided to venture out that Saturday morning.

In the beginning, in talking with those working the sale, it was less work for them to just put things out and let folks pick over them and then make an offer as to how much their selections were worth. This saved time and effort on the part of those giving the sale and a chance to get a good buy for the customer.

Since this was at the First Christian Church sale (another one being held at the Catholic Church), I knew these willing folk were donating their time to raise funds for doing good works for others in need. dory

For these folk, the time and decision-making of how much to charge and then marking each item was gone in favor of letting the shopper have a voice in the price.

Yard, rummage, or make an offer sales are good places to see folks you can’t greet on your daily agenda, so time is given over to an exchange of “How are yous” and yet pulled in the direction of that very must have item that you don’t really need but take it home anyway.

The next year you donate these and other things you don’t need in order to greet friends and help support giving organizations or just people needing to downsize.

Now, I was in need of nothing, but when I attended the sale it was for the same reasons just given. Laid out item by item later in the comfort of my overfilled house, I could see that I had badly overpaid on my purchases by the “make an offer” deal, but I felt comfortable with it, for I knew that those who had undertaken the task of providing the sale for the public would make good use of the funds they took in, and many others would benefit.

What sort of things did I find at a spring sale that came at the moment I was fretting to get out of my winter routine, you may wonder.  Or, you may not.

Anyway, I found an old mustache mug with the handle missing. On its side was painted a beautiful bouquet of pink flowers. With the handle, the mug may have been worth a fair sum in an antique shop; without it, it was considered just a pretty mug.

Yes, I took it because of what it had at one time represented in an old-time household for the man of the house to lather his shaving soap. It needed the soft bristled brush to go with it, but not for my needs.

The mug went on my office desk and now contains my variety of pens where I can find them and at easy reach in a pretty container.

There was a wire rack at the sale, small enough to put on a table, so I got that. Now on top of a file drawer it sits holding my folders containing individual stories or research projects underway, solving the need to thumb through stacks of papers in frustration.

Also, I found an empty notebook to add to the zillions already on my crowded shelves and a zippered binder for doing research outside the home.

Among a few other treasures I found a “Learn to Crochet” book printed in 1946, costing then 10 cents. I already know how to crochet, so why did I buy it other than because it might be collectible?

It has directions for learning to crochet left-handed, and that makes it special. No, I’m not left-handed, but I know some who are and might need directions.

A “make an offer” sale, something new to try for this sale, but done all the time on various items at sales in the past, so why not give it a try.

Decide what you have to spend and then pick up that amount to buy. Or, as in many cases, you give a little more than you take home because it’s for a good cause.

Yes, I went to the sale to see folks and came home with things I am now using but could have lived without; however, I did get my loaf of zucchini bread that I’m enjoying, and I treasure the friendships I found there the most.

Maybe it could also have been called a “bring and buy” sale as well as a “make an offer” sale, for that’s just what I had done. What a fun Saturday morning! I just wish they had been selling coffee and donuts, too. I guess I’ll have to wait for the fall bazaars when they put out the coffee and cinnamon rolls.  

Hint, hint.



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