You can find treasures |

You can find treasures

Lauren GlendenningVail, CO Colorado
Preston Utley/Vail DailyStephen Botts of Vail looks through hundreds of donated skis Saturday during the annual Minturn Rummage Sale.

MINTURN, Colorado Not even a wicked thunderstorm could keep the bargain shoppers away from the 44th Annual Minturn Rummage Sale and Auction, Saturday.As the rain poured down and lightning strikes lit up the gray sky, a steady stream of cars kept pulling into Minturns Maloit Park at the crack of dawn.The muddy parking lot was almost full and it wasnt even 9 a.m.The Eagle Valley Community Fund puts on the annual sale, which continues today and again next weekend when all items will be 50 percent off. Last May, volunteers began organizing the thousands of items into 14 categorized rooms. From sports equipment to artwork to clothing to books, the rummage sale has it all. The items are collected all year and sold during the four-day event, after which everything that isnt sold is donated to the Salvation Army.For Eagle County, the sale equals money for local nonprofits. Every dollar minus some administrative costs is put right back into the community. Last year the grand total was more than $100,000.For some shoppers, the rummage sale has become somewhat of a tradition. Sue Sale lives in Houston and has family in the Vail area. When she discovered the rummage sale a few years ago, she decided shed always book her trip to visit family around this time each year so she could come back.Its fun and theres just so much stuff, she says. You can find treasures.Sale brought along a friend to the sale this year, first-time rummage sale shopper Linda Brown, and she was already hooked.I found a handmade quilt for $15, Brown says. I want to come back next year.And thats exactly what people do. They come back year after year, some arriving before the doors open at 6:45 a.m.Sue Poulos drives more than two hours from Paonia to looks for deals for her children. This year shes looking for furniture and other items for her child who is heading to college. After 22 years of attending the sale, Poulos knows shell be able to find what shes looking for.Its like a large yard sale, she says. I like the prices.Gary Berndt, of Montrose, comes to the sale every year with a big crew of people. They camp out nearby and have parties, then shop for deals for two days. Berndt has been coming for 15 years and says he always finds something. His treasure from this years sale is a kayak he bought in excellent condition for $35.Vi Brown, one of the sales main organizers, said she was surprised the rainstorm didnt keep people away. The line Saturday morning was out to the street as usual, she said.We had a great crowd this morning, she said. There arent many people at the auction so were delaying it, but I think well be busy all day. Theres nothing else to do (in this weather).

Lauren Glendenning is the Vail Daily’s community editor. Contact her at (970)748-2983 or

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