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March 20, 2018

Fauquier SPCA hosts 10th annual rummage sale

Carla McKimmie sorts donated items during a previous sale. This year’s event will take place Saturday, March 31 at Highland School.
The Fauquier SPCA will host its 10th annual “Digging for Gold” upscale rummage sale Saturday, March 31, at Highland School in Warrenton.

An early bird sale and party will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 30.

The cost is $25 per person.

Admission to the main event — from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday — is free.

The biggest fundraising event for the animal shelter, the tag sale has brought in more than $100,000 in the last decade.

The Fauquier SPCA uses all proceeds from the sale for funding and operational expenses.

“The money from this year’s sale is going to be used to improve our large animal facility at the shelter. We get horses, goats, all sorts of animals,” said Penny Dart, who helps organize the event.

The tag sale relies on donations from the community.

“The whole sale is a treasure hunt,” Ms. Dart said.

New this year, the sale will have a section with holiday items for sale.

Citizens may drop off gently used furniture, lamps, rugs, china, silver, jewelry, garden accessories and more from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Highland Lower School gym.

Donations are tax-deductible.

The sale does not accept clothes, books, exercise equipment or TVs.

“If we don’t sell everything, the leftover items go to the Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store,” said Angela Keyser who helps organize the event. “We are helping the entire community.”

About 40 volunteers will help run the sale this year.

Ms. Keyser, Tammy Statler and Ms. Dart, members of the SPCA’s fundraising committee, started the rummage sale a decade ago.

For more information call, Ms. Dart at 540-347-5138 or Anne Hall at 540-347-1268 or email Angela Keyser at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Tammy Statler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Highland School is located at 597 Broadview Ave. in Warrenton.

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