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Vail Valley rummage sale: 45 years of deals

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MINTURN, Colorado – From 35 pairs of cowboy boots to history books to an unusually large number of cashmere sweaters, the Eagle Valley Community Fund’s Rummage Sale donations are as eclectic and exciting as ever.

The annual sale is selling anything and everything imaginable for the 45th year this weekend and next. It’s a community event that has become so popular that people travel here from all over the state and beyond. All of the money raised is all given back to the community.

Volunteers began collecting items in the spring for the sale, which is Saturday and Sunday at Maloit Park in Minturn. Next weekend the sale features everything at half-price.

More than 60 local nonprofit organizations benefit from the four-day event. Organizations send volunteers to help organize the donations and they log their hours worked. At the end of the event, all of the hours are divided up and groups get the amount of money equivalent to the number of hours they put into the event. Typically the sale generates more than $180,000.

As donations began coming in this spring, volunteers and organizers were worried the economy was affecting the sale. Nancy Nottingham, vice-president of the Community Fund, said donations were down about 30 percent in the beginning.

“Suddenly everyone started donating,” Nottingham said. “I would say the stuff is higher quality (this year).”

Nottingham and Vi Brown, president of the Community Fund, have been the official leaders of the project since 1973, but they’ve been around since the very beginning of the sale, which happened just two years after Vail itself was started. They’re excited that donations finally caught up to about where they were last year, and they hope the sluggish economy will boost the turnout this year.

The sale has more volunteers than normal and Nottingham said she thinks it’s because local nonprofits haven’t raised as much money this year so they’re looking for more funding. Whatever their reasons, organizers are thrilled to have the help.

Anything not sold during the two weekends is donated to the Salvation Army in Denver. Nottingham thinks there will be a lot of hot commodities this year, though. Ramshorn condominiums donated five units worth of furniture, and as always there’s plenty of clothing, ski and snowboard gear, artwork, books and more.

“I’m very pleased with the quality with what we have,” Nottingham said.

What: 45th Annual Rummage Sale

Where: Maloit Park, Minturn

When: Saturday, 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (auction begins at 8:45 a.m.); Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aug. 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (everything half-price during the second weekend of the sale)

For more information, visit http://www.eaglevalleyrummagesale.com, or call 970-827-9426

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com


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