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Rummage Sale: Birds of a feather flock to support Women’s Club college scholarships

By David Rogers. May 30, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — For a wide assortment of antiques, wearables and miscellaneous trinkets, there’s no reason to login into e-Bay for a few days — because THOUSANDS of items are bargain-priced as part of the Blowing Rock Women’s Club annual “Rummage Sale” being held Thursday through Saturday at the American Legion Building in Blowing Rock.

Times of the Rummage Sale:

  • Thursday, May 31: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, June 1: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 2: 8:00 am to 2:00 pmFr

Find the unusual?

From an antique desk dating back to the 1800s to collectible dolls to artwork, seasonal knick-knacks, furniture and more, if there is something you have been wanting or needing, you are likely to find it — and at a very reasonable price.

Blowing Rock resident Kathy Earley is the chairperson for the Women’s Club Rummage Sale, but she is quick to deflect praise.

“Frankly,” she told Blowing Rock News on Thursday, “we could not have pulled off this year’s event without the enthusiastic participation of our club members, as well as scores of community members, from businesses to residents.  When we hosted last year’s event at the recreation center, we had just 15 members.  Largely because of the Rummage Sale last year, we now have 30 members and every single one of us contributed in significant ways to this, our 2nd annual Rummage Sale.”

Now here’s a nifty bundle!

Club member Elaine Crowell added, “We have such an incredible inventory of merchandise this year. Everything is in good to outstanding condition. Some things are new. Some have been gently used, but there are bargains galore.  We have hundreds, if not thousands of items that are priced under a dollar.  Even the higher quality things have price tags that you can’t beat on the Internet.”

Earley explained that all of the sale proceeds go to college scholarships for local students.

Doll collection looking for a granddaughter.

“Our Women’s Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1978, so we have been around for awhile,” Earley noted. “We are so thankful to club and community members who have donated items, as well as for sponsors such as Blowing Rock Self Storage, The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock, Town Tavern of Blowing Rock, John Christian, and Bill and Jewell Magee. Their sponsorship means that we can offset our costs — which means that almost all of the sale proceeds go to support the college ambitions of deserving local students.”

Crowell also noted that a half-price sale will start at 2:00 pm on Saturday for all of the items that are left.

“Come in earlier and make sure you get the things you want,” Crowell said in encouraging shoppers on Thursday, Friday and earlier on Saturday, “but there are likely to be some incredible bargains after 2:00 pm on Saturday.  For instance, you may purchase all of the clothing items you can fit in a grocery bag for just two dollars!”

As in past years, everything left over from the sale will be donated to one of several charities supported by the Women’s Club of Blowing Rock.

SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News


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