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‘Quarter of a million items’ expected at The Center’s annual Rummage Sale – Chicago Tribune

The Center’s annual Rummage Sale 2017 will be Aug. 25 and 26, one week earlier than usual this year, but the event’s timing won’t change the number of selections for bargain hunters.

Event coordinator Mark Walker said shoppers can expect about 250,000 items to choose from, most of them displayed in the large indoor riding arena at The Center’s Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.

“My estimate is about a quarter of a million items,” Walker said. “Kind of what I liken it to is an old-fashioned department store that we built from the ground up for the event. I think it works pretty well.”

Walker said it’s a “you’ve got to see it to believe it” event where “anything and everything” is on sale. In past years, the list has included everything from antique wedding dresses to Zena the Warrior collectible cards.

“You never know what’s coming in,” he said.

Forty to 50 volunteers take days to showcase items on hundreds of tables and mount pictures and decorations on the walls.

All of the items are new inventory from year-to-year, and all of the items are checked out by the volunteers ahead of time so you won’t have to do it. Items unfit to sell are recycled or discarded.

Unique and unusual items that can’t be readily identified go on a “What is it?” table, Walker said. After some research to identify the item, anything that’s not trash could quickly become someone’s treasure.

Buyers won’t find things such as car tires, mattresses, tube television sets or sleeper sofas, but a large furniture tent will be open outside the main building, filled with all kinds of gently-used furniture at bargain prices.

Kids are welcome at this family-friendly event which will feature books and toys, as well as kids and baby clothing.

Hot dogs, water and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

It’s a good idea to get there early, Walker said.

“We’ve had people lining up before7 a.m.,” he said, describing the atmosphere as “frenetic.”

“I think that there is a buzz about people searching out their treasures,” he said. “I think that’s what keeps people coming.”

If you can’t get there early, get there Saturday when prices get reduced as the sale progresses. Walker said he’s been known to “slash prices with my Sharpie” because everything must go.

Ginger Brashinger is a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown.

Rummage Sale 2017

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 and Aug. 26

Where: The Children’s Farm at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park

Admission: Free

Information: 708-361-3650 or www.thecenterpalos.org[1]

Etc.: Non-profit organizations can pick up unsold items at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.


  1. ^ www.thecenterpalos.org (www.thecenterpalos.org)

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Residents in Sampson and Cumberland counties hosted the third annual Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale that stretches along what starts as Maxwell Road in Sampson County for 30 miles. This event is one that people in both counties are proud to host and welcomes everyone with open arms.

A sea of cars and people could be seen for miles along Maxwell Road for this one-day community event. People came from everywhere to take part in this two-county event. Things got off to a slow start due to the early morning rain, but once the rain cleared out, people were out in search of bargains See Yard Sale, Page 3

Aubrey Williams collects money from Caden Williams, right, during the Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale. Aubrey sold out of her 25 gallons of lemonade by noon.

Daily Record Photo/Melody Brown-Peyton Yard Sale

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and unique items.

Bargain hunters shopped for clothes, household items — you name it, this yard sale had it. The yard sale also featured a lemonade stand that was run by 7-yearold Aubrey Williams. By lunchtime, she had sold out of her 25 gallons of lemonade. Shoppers enjoyed fresh-squeezed lemonade for $1 that helped them stay cool during the warm weather.

The yard sale offered something for everyone at bargain prices and a time of community fellowship along with an opportunity to give back to the community. This is the third year of the Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale. It is held the second Saturday in August.

Sherry Bostic started it three years ago as a way to make some extra money for medical bills. Now, she helps facilitate it, but doesn’t get any money from it.

Many people taking part in the yard sale said they look forward to coming out each year to what is now a community event.

“Once the rain tapered, off people really came out and it had been a really good day,” said Hilda Knowles, a vendor.

The Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale is fashioned like the Endless Yard Sale that takes place in June. For two days, bargain hunters travel along U.S. 301 for the 100-mile stretch in search of an array of items at deep discounted prices. The yard sale is growing each year and has become a community-wide event.

Rose Autry, who took part in the yard sale, said she was bargain shopping for family members. Many shoppers had a game plan in place as they drove along Maxwell Road.

Yard sales have been around for many years and people enjoy finding items they can no longer find in stores. The sun did come out and along with warm temperatures, shoppers had snacks, water and soft drinks to stay refreshed.

Rose Autry looks through a rack of clothing during the annual Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale event. The yard sale runs through Sampson and Cumberland counties.

Daily Record Photo/Melody Brown-Peyton



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