rummage sale


Definition of rummage sale

: a usually informal sale of miscellaneous goods especially : a sale of donated articles conducted by a nonprofit organization (such as a church or charity) to help support its programs

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Recent Examples on the Web The window treatments that frame the bed are made from fabric panels that Kyllonen picked up at a rummage sale. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "Creating a modern-day owners' suite in an old Minneapolis house," 20 Nov. 2020 The Progressive Women's Association is planning an Octoberfest (silent auction and rummage sale) to benefit four scholarship recipients, according to a news release. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, "Calendar," 10 Oct. 2020 The Progressive Women’s Association is planning an Octoberfest (silent auction and rummage sale) to benefit four scholarship recipients, according to a news release. Arkansas Online, "Pine Bluff Calendar of Events," 26 Sep. 2020 The Lander Circle Kiwanis’ annual rummage sale, slated for July, also has been canceled. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Mayor Kathy Mulcahy: ‘There are no bad cops in Orange Village’," 5 June 2020 Park Ridge Presbyterian Church’s annual fall rummage sale will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 1300 W. Crescent Ave. Jennifer Johnson,, "What’s happening in Park Ridge: History Center open house to screen Hillary Clinton documentary," 22 Oct. 2019 Not everyone is thrilled about this season’s version of the rummage sale. Mandy Behbehani,, "Sheltering-in-place Bay Area residents and the Great Pandemic Garage Sale," 5 May 2020 The business is planning to sell many of the items inside in a rummage sale soon. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "42 Ale House, a popular 'geek-lite' bar and restaurant in St. Francis, is closing," 18 Feb. 2020 Talks and tours throughout the day, kids’ activities and green rummage sale. Pam Peirce,, "Many options when growing tomatoes: What you need to know," 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of rummage sale

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rummage sale was circa 1858

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English Language Learners Definition of rummage sale

US : a sale of used items (such as old clothes or toys) especially to raise money for a church, school, charity, etc.

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