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Let’s get ready to rummage

Maisie Crow/Vail DailyBoots and other shoes are just some of the treasures shoppers will find this weekend during the largest rummage sales of the year.

MINTURN – Rummage sale season may be coming to an end, but the competition is fierce this time of year. Tensions are high. Lots of people are looking for lots of stuff.

College-bound are hunting for that perfect piece of retro furniture to give their small space signature. New in town, seasonal workers check for “hardly used” mountain gear. Longtime locals hope to find the gem of all ski outfits – a multi-color fluorescent one piece.As luck would have it, the mothership of all rummage sales is landing this weekend in Minturn with enough stuff for everyone – 14 rooms full of recycled goods. But with so much stuff to be bought, shoppers must be on top of their game to be successful. There is an art to second-hand shopping, and by following a few professional rummaging strategies, shoppers should have no problem coming home with their top prize.”I think they should come with a list of what they want,” said Vi Brown, one of the primary organizers for the 41st annual Eagle Valley Community Fund Auction and Rummage Sale. Brown said if shoppers don’t come with a list, they’ll leave forgetting something they wanted to buy, like an iron. At the rummage sale, rooms are divided into categories. There is a room stocked with brand new items donated by local businesses, perfect for gifts. The Beaver Creek Ski School has donated loads of children’s curved skis. There is a kitchen-gadget room and even a Western wall displaying boots, leather vests and cowboy hats. The sheer volume of goods at the rummage sale can be overwhelming. So when writing a wish list, make sure to prioritize the items. It’s essential for an organized hunt.”If there’s something specific you know you want, make a bee-line to that room first,” said Marka Moser, who volunteers with the rummage sale. “The majority of the ones who are standing in line, ready to go in an hour before we open the doors know specific things they are looking for. Then you go back and look through the other items.”

Crowds can be a bargain-hunter’s biggest challenge. Rummage sale veteran Nancy Nottingham suggests going to the sale after 11 a.m. on Saturday if flustered easily by the treasure finding frenzy.”Come the second weekend when things are half-price,” Nottingham said. “We have things that don’t show their faces until then because they were at the bottom of the pile.”On the other hand, shoppers can work together. Going to garage sales is often a social outing, Nottingham said, it’s better to come with a friend.”They can play off each other, watch treasures and help carry,” Nottingham said. “Don’t be shy about telling someone what size you are looking for. The two of you could be looking for each other at the same time. It multiplies your chances of finding what you’re looking for. But you don’t want to say it to someone who is the same size you are.”What you wear to a sale is important, too, Nottingham said. “Wear exercise clothes that you can try clothes on over,” Nottingham said. “Wear comfortable shoes, and don’t bring a purse that’s not attached to you, because you’re going to lay it down and you might lose it.”

Other tools of the trade include a tape measure and a large shopping bag. A tape measure will determine if a frame is big enough or if a pair of pants are too short. A large shopping bag makes carrying purchases back to the car much easier. Rummaging can be easy, just follow these professionals’ advice, and the second-hand treasure your searching for just might find you.

8 a.m.-5 p.m. SundayHalf-price weekend or let’s make a deal8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 278 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Aug. 28Both weekends at Maloit Park in MinturnFor more information, call 827-9426

Rummaging quick tips1. Make a wish list2. Go with a friend3. Wear an outfit that you can easily slip clothes over4. Bring a tape measure

5. Wear comfortable shoes6. Bring a shopping bagArts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or cpence@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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