Dollars for Scholars: Blowing Rock Women’s Club stages new rummage sale, May 30-June 1

Dollars for Scholars: Blowing Rock Women’s Club stages new rummage sale, May 30-June 1

By David Rogers. May 23, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — A record six alumni of Blowing Rock School will benefit this year from the hard work of Blowing Rock Women’s Club. Thanks to the non-profit organization’s Rummage Sale next week (May 30-June 1) at the American Legion Hall, High Country residents and visitors can help the Women’s Club get a headstart on their 2020 scholarship funding needs.

All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News (from the 2018 Blowing Rock Women’s Club Rummage Sale)

Last year’s “Rummage Sale” netted the Women’s Club $15,000 for the half-dozen former Blowing Rock students that will receive college scholarships when Watauga High School announces all of the scholarship winners next Tuesday, May 28th, 5:30 pm.

Anne Rhyne, a Rummage Sale committee member interviewed by Blowing Rock News on Thursday noted, “We are excited about the $15,000 raised last year to fund the 2019 scholarships, but it is already time to think about our scholarship funds for next year!  We’ve been busy collecting items for next week’s Rummage Sale at the American Legion Hall, and there are some really special treasures to browse through this year.  Our target is to exceed last year’s total. Since we are all volunteers and the sale items are donated, 100% of our event proceeds go toward scholarships. It’s really pretty simple: the more money we raise through this sale, the more help we are able to provide to deserving college-bound high school graduates who attended Blowing Rock School.”

Rummage Sale

  • Thursday, May 30 – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Friday, May 31 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Saturday, June 1 – 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Another committee member, Elaine Crowell added, “We have pretty flexible hours, beginning on Thursday, May 30th in the afternoon, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Because last year’s Rummage Sale became so popular and we had some pretty incredible stuff, I suspect there will be a lot of traffic come through on Thursday.  When people know there is good value to find, they want to be the first in line and we have that kind of merchandise again this year thanks to the largess of our many contributors and sponsors.

“Rummage sales are so much fun,” continued Crowell. “What one person has no use for anymore, for others those things can be sought-after treasures. You just never know. I had several friends last year that found special gifts for family members or friends.”

This year, the Blowing Rock Women’s Club may make an even bigger dent in the college funding needs of Blowing Rock area students. On June 19th, the club is set to open a Thrift Shop on Valley Blvd., near Woodlands BBQ restaurant.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Elaine Crowell (, Anne Rhyne (, or Paulette Mitchell (

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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