A couple of weekends ago was one of the largest rummage sales in the country, The Bainbridge Island Rotary Rummage Sale and Auction. The Man, Munchkin and I decided to go and experience it. It was insane, pure insanity and craziness. Everything I had heard about the sale was true!
It takes place at the middle school. The lawns outside are full of items and so is the inside, including many of the classrooms and gym. All the items are broken up into departments. There is are entire rooms full of lamps and electronics and sports equipment. You name it and it’s there. I don’t think I can accurately describe what it is like as it is one of those things that you need to experience. The area with clothes and linens was most overwhelming. It was so packed that as we stood at the top of the stairs to go down into the area we decided to skip it. It was a rhythmic sea of people pulling clothes out of piles to look at over and over again. It reminded me of factory workers doing the same thing over and over again. The scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where the factory workers are looking for a golden ticket for Varuca Salt comes to mind.
The gyms was packed with items. The front half was books. So many books! You could fill a paper grocery bag for $12. Next time we’re hoping to look at the books. We didn’t look this year because we have no room for any more books. The Man is going to be building some more shelves and then we can buy books again! The back half was kids toys and clothes. I started to look at the clothes but since Munchkin doesn’t need any and I didn’t have any cash (you can pay by credit/debit card) it wasn’t worth the hassle. She also doesn’t need any more toys though I enjoy buying those for her too!
We spent $8. We found an older fisher price barn with all the animals for it. I’ve been on the lookout for little people toys and not many people are selling them. I’m so excited for her to play with this farm set that we got as it is going to be perfect for her!
We’re already strategizing for next year. I think we’ll be on the lookout for outdoor play toys and maybe a tent and a trike for the baby. I think The Man will want to look at tools. Who knows what we’ll want in a year?! This is a great event to save money for and buy all sorts of treasures at great deals! If you’re in the Kitsap County area I recommend you check it out next year.