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Finding Treasures at Rummage Sale Days
Hope Quay LINCOLN–Lincoln’s annual 2016 Rummage Sale Days were a success for many of the participating households, drawing business from out- of- towners as well as local bargain-seekers . Despite Saturday’s rain, more than twenty homes participated in the two-day sale, offering a variety of items from boats, camping gear and tack to vintage clothes, antiques and household items. Organized by the Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce, the sale was advertised in the BVD, which has subscribers throughout Montana, and in the Lively Times in Helena. A map of the participating homes encouraged shoppers to “go find treasures.” Sharon Price, who has lived in Lincoln for 19 years, sold a selection clothes, antiques, and household items. Price regularly sells clothing on eBay, specializing in rugged and large size menswear, and had to make room for more things after the sale of her house in Helena. She said for her, the two-day event was a success. “It was awesome – we had six or eight cars or trucks out here at once…we had a lot of people,” Price said. “I think it brings a lot of people from out of town. I posted it on the Lincoln yard sale site, and the Helena yard sale site and on the Great Falls site. People were like ‘I’m coming for that,’ and they’re also coming for the flea market. So I think it’s a pull, and hopefully the businesses all do well with it.” Sandra Sornsen, who lives on Stemple Pass Road, said it was her second year participating in the community yard sale. “Last year I wasn’t even on the map, but I did fairly well,” she said. “I used to do our flea market that’s coming up in July, but it’s easier to set up and tear down at home.” Though Saturday’s rain forced them to move much of the inventory into their pole barn, Sornsen said people still stopped despite the sale items not being as visible from the road. “A lot of people came from Helena over Stemple Pass for a nice Saturday drive, and they stopped here first,” she said. “They’d go ‘what number are you on the map?’ and I told them ‘you’re at number sixteen – you’ve got all of the rest to go!’” Several members of the Mulcare family traveled to Lincoln to participate in a moving and downsizing sale for matriarch Ellen Mulcare, whose Lincoln home of 41 years sold last year. A Lincoln native, Mulcare was born a Lambkin and has been witness to several eras of Lincoln’s history – a history evidenced in some of the items she had collected throughout the years. “She had some old wooden serving trays that used to be in the old Hotel. Handmade, and just really beautiful,” said Mulcare’s daughter-in-law, Elizabeth. When the historic trays did not sell, the family donated them to the Upper Blackfoot Valley Historical Society, ensuring these found “treasures” will continue to be enjoyed as a part of Lincoln’s tangible history. Elizabeth said Sunday the family intended to donate most of the other remaining items, offering them first to the Lincoln Thrift Store.
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