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rummage sale

noun
1.
a sale of miscellaneous articles, old or new, as items contributed to raise money for charity, of unclaimed goods at a wharf or warehouse, or of odds and ends of merchandise at a shop.
Origin of rummage sale
1855-1860
1855-60
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  • As it is quite necessary that Club have funds, the members decide to hold a rummage sale.

  • "I should call it a rummage sale, and things are rather rubbishy," said Irma.

    Irma in Italy Helen Leah Reed
  • "It's not a rummage sale, so we mustn't send rubbish," decreed Lorraine.

  • Nobody buys books at a rummage sale except the people who would buy them anyway.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
  • And now they were at a rummage sale, and the managers did not know what to do with them.

    The Cromptons Mary J. Holmes
  • A rummage sale of toys added quite a large sum to the general fund.

  • The discarded uniforms of the Garde Civique were piled high along one side, as if for a rummage sale.

  • When I went to see about a job on the railway she sent a lot of my things to a rummage sale.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • She arose to go, then sat down again and said, "I hope you will be able to attend our rummage sale."

    The Cromptons Mary J. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for rummage sale

rummage sale

noun
1.
a sale of miscellaneous articles, usually cheap and predominantly secondhand, in aid of charity Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) jumble sale
2.
(US) a sale of unclaimed property or unsold stock
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