Rummage sale has something for everyone

Alex Hodges, Campus Carrier Arts & Living Editor

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Hundreds of people perused merchandise at the Redneck Rummage Sale on Saturday. Photos by Alex Hodges | Campus Carrier

On Saturday, State Mutual Stadium in Rome was buzzing with activity from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. as the Redneck Rummage Sale attracted people of all ages to the designated locus to buy and sell any-and-all things deemed as treasures, trinkets or odds and ends.

The Redneck Rummage Sale first took place in March 2009, and every year since then, it has grown to have more and more vendors.

Amanda Smith, a returning vendor to the rummage sale, said that she used it as an opportunity to sell some unnecessary items prior to a move that she will make to Florida later this year. She has participated as a vendor for the last four years, and she mentioned that by 7 a.m., there were people already lined up and waiting to begin browsing tents and tables.

“I can remember that last year, I left the lot with over $400,” Smith said.

She believes the sale to be quite lucrative and absolutely worth the effort of registering for a vendor spot.

She said that books and clothes are typically the first things anyone looks through. Anything she doesn’t sell, she takes to Goodwill after the sale ends.

Vendors carried anything imaginable, including movies, collectible playing cards, metal signs, candles, bicycles, power tools, homemade decor and much more.

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Amanda Smith helps a customer bag her purchased clothing.

Junior Daniel George, who has lived in Rome for six years now, has attended many of the rummage sales. He first happened upon the event when he saw a sign advertising it at the State Mutual Stadium parking lot. George said that he and his family love garage sales, and so the event snagged their interest.

George described the Redneck Rummage Sale in his own words and simply said that it is chaos.

“You never know what you’re going to find,” George said. “There’s stuff that you’ll never find anywhere else.”

He mentioned that he would recommend the Rummage Sale to his friends on campus because there are many vendors that sell different signs, paintings or other decorations that could be used for ornamenting a dorm room.

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