RUMSON – The Rumson Country Day School will host its 45th annual rummage sale, popularly known as “A Whale of a Sale,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13.
The sale is open to the public.
Each year, the entire parent body and many students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni and friends work to collect, sort and display a huge collection of items from boutique treasures to household and family necessities in the school’s Blake Gymnasium.
The sale is one of the most important fundraisers at The Rumson Country Day School, with all proceeds devoted to the financial aid program, which provides tuition assistance to many children who attend the school. Although the financial aid program is the primary beneficiary of the event, the community at large benefits from the tremendous selection of items for purchase at bargain prices.
One week prior to the rummage sale, the gymnasium becomes a beehive of activity as trip after trip is made stocking the gym with donated items. The donations are carefully sorted to cull the best items – many with tags in original packaging – for the special boutique sections of women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. In addition, the silent auction section is stocked with furniture, antiques, china, crystal, and collectibles.
Not to be missed is the wide assortment of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing at incredibly low prices. Particularly popular is the sporting goods section where the selection often includes golf clubs, ski and hockey gear and exercise equipment. There is also a huge selection of home furnishings, kitchenware, general home goods, bric-a-brac and toys.
Avid readers will find a wide book section featuring current novels, cookbooks, children’s books, how-to books and more.
The popular “Bag Day” will be held Sunday, April 13, during which shoppers may fill a bag provided by the school with as many items as they wish for one set price.
“The rummage sale is truly a special time in the RCDS calendar when the entire school community comes together, rolls up its collective sleeves and gets down to work to make this tremendous undertaking a success for everyone it touches: the families who rely on financial aid and the hundreds of local people who depend on the affordable shopping opportunity each year,” said cochair and RCDS parent Karin Devlin. “I hope this year proves to be our best yet.”
The Rumson Country Day School was founded in 1926 as a not-for-profit, independent, nonsectarian, coeducational elementary school set on a 13.5-acre campus in Rumson. The school enrolls 450 students in a nursery class of 3-year-olds through grade 8.
For more information about RCDS, please visit www.rcds.org.