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200-Plus Line Up for 100th Briarcliff Rummage Sale

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – More than 200 Westchester residents were lined up around the block at Briarcliff Congregational Church Saturday morning more than two hours before Briarcliff Manor’s 100th annual Rummage Sale.

“It was chilly this morning but it was that thrill of the hunt that brought them out,” said co-coordinator Helen Buerger Saturday. “We had more donations and more shoppers than we ever have. People have been thrilled and so have we. You either love rummage or you don’t and it was obvious a lot of people do around here.”

The church, founded in 1896, held a rummage sale in 1912 as a fundraiser in order to support the congregation and the church’s efforts throughout the year. The first sale made $194.60. Coordinators estimated Sunday that the sale raised more than $20,000 that will go toward church programs and several charities in Briarcliff Manor and Ossining, including the Ossining Children's Center, New Beginnings and Guiding Eyes. 

Croton resident Alice Rothrock said she has made the trip to Briarcliff Manor for the rummage sale for more than 10 years.

“It’s somebody else’s junk but it’s my treasure,” Rothrock said. “I absolutely love it and every year I find something new.”

Nearly every item in the rummage sale, from handbags to coats to toys, was priced under $10. Rothrock said the prices at the sale “can’t be beaten.”

“I think people love doing this because clothes and other things are so expensive today and people just don’t have the money like they used to,” she said. “I grew up on second-hand clothes and I raised six kids on second-hand clothes and we’ve done great. You really don’t know how much you can save and how great of a deal you can find doing this. I love it.”

Co-coordinator Mel Corbett of Ossining said every year hundreds of residents from all over Westchester County and even out of state come to the rummage sale.

“They line up outside early and they come from all over,” Corbett said previously. “We’ve had people come from the Bronx or other states and a lot of them what they do is they buy things to mail or take back to their families or send them to impoverished areas. It’s really quite something.”

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