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

Examples of rummage sale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look for items on sale, especially preseason, and check garage sales, rummage sales and second-hand stores for used camping gear. Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The Chicago Sports Spectacular, one of the country’s biggest and oldest card shows, is like a rummage sale from the days before eBay, but with way more money involved. Ken Belson, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Dear Miss Manners: Is there really such a thing as rummage sale etiquette? Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2024 Is there really such a thing as rummage sale etiquette? Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 Here is what happened: A friend told me about a church rummage sale via text, with pictures. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2024 Mobile home park holds two-day rummage sale Rancho Calevero Mobile Home Park at 3570 Calevero Lane, is holding a carport and rummage sale 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 3 to Saturday, June 4. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2022 The group declared the rummage sale an act of responsibility. cleveland, 26 Aug. 2023 New York, at 55-52 and 3½ games out of the money, scavenged the White Sox rummage sale and came up with reliever Keynan Middleton. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rummage sale was circa 1858

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“Rummage sale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

rummage sale

: a sale of miscellaneous articles especially to raise money (as for a church or charity)

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