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Minks to Sinks in Wilton Draws Huge Early Turnout

WILTON, Conn. – More items were sold during the first two hours of Saturday’s Minks to Sinks rummage sale in Wilton than organizers can ever remember.

“The first person showed up at around 4:45 a.m.,” said Anne Hoelzl, the chair of this year’s sale. Apparently, the first man in line was eyeing vintage steel Volkswagen fenders. But Hoelzl said she can’t remember if the line had gone past the Wilton Deli, around an eighth of a mile, in the 10 years she has volunteered there.

“We had two hours of nonstop cashiering this morning,” Hoelzl said. “We moved so much before 11 a.m.,” including a full-length silver fox coat that sold for more than $400, by far the highest price for any item in the sale.

The exact amount earned wouldn’t be counted until the end of the day.

And it’s only the first day of the sale. Hoelzl and the 160 volunteering women were surprised and pleased to see the number of sales. Although, in some tents, such as the children’s area, tables had been folded and put away because of a lack of items to put on them.

But Hoelzl is optimistic that there will be enough to last until noon Monday, when the sale ends.

All of the money earned at Minks to Sinks goes to the Family and Children's Agency in Norwalk. After noon Monday, charities will be allowed to go in and take what is left in the tents for free.

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