rummage sales

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One of my greatest sources of all my favorite thrifty finds have been church rummage sales. Finding them however, can be a bit of a challenge!

Today I thought I’d share some tips on how to find the best church rummage sales.


What is a Church Rummage Sale?

It is a sale which takes place in a church in which oodles of items are piled on tabletops and you “rummage” or go through all of it in hopes to find a bargain!

These sales typically have an insanely high volume of items to sell, so you can often hit them in the morning for the “good stuff” and wait patiently for the afternoon to get scores of items they are practically giving away by the bagful.

Best of all? They are often year-round and indoors, so weather typically won’t be a factor in whether or not it’s a good turn out.

I don’t know if rummage sales are just a thing where i live, or if they’re called something else somewhere else, but I do know I love them dearly!

My first “flip” was actually from a Church Rummage sale.

I bought a box of Inarco Grape Vintage Dishes. It was a complete set and it cost me $2. I was 17 years old, and at the time, I thought hey these look cool!

I didn’t know what they were worth, but I figured they’d be worth a lot more than just $2, so sold the box of them for $25 at the local flea market. {This was back in the day, eBay was only 2 years old and I was still using dial-up internet speeds}…

Today the set is worth more than that, but for a 17-year-old girl with no idea what she was doing…not too shabby!

My kitchen table also came from a rummage sale.

Church Rummage sales are the best!

How to Find Church Rummage Sales

Well, the first thing to do is find out where churches post their bulletins and news and events in your area.

Where I live, it’s typically the Newspaper online websites that have the most accurate and up to date information.  You can often find these events under the community events section of the newspaper online listings.

The other super place? Craigslist – just type in “Rummage sale” or “flea market” or “church sale” – you’ll see all sorts of great results come up!

Facebook is another great source for church events and rummage sales. I recommend finding churches near you and being sure to like their Facebook pages. It’s a great way to keep track of the local events in your community.

Keep in mind many of these postings are VERY last minute, so be sure to check regularly. 🙂

Shopping at church rummage sales is one of my favorite places to find great bargains and items you might not find anywhere else!

Do you have any tips for staying updated on church rummage sales and how to find them? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


    1. Hi Betsy, we don’t have a directory here at our site, although perhaps we should start a list! 🙂 I would recommend trying to post in local groups on Facebook and also on sites like Craigslist. Hope that helps!

    2. I have a lot of things to donate to a church rummage sale. I just want a receipt. But I would love to only donate to a church.

    1. looking for church rummage sale or yard sale this weekend in nh I live in concord but don’t mind traveling 30 miles in any direction I antique and would rather give my money to church’s let me know thanks july 22-23

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