The last Rummage Sale: Rummage retires at 65
by Karen Katz ’74 communications director, Rummage announcer, and former sporting goods department chair
This year, we celebrate the Rummage Sale’s 65th anniversary. As we mark this milestone, we will also commemorate the sale’s retirement. Yes, that’s right, Rummage is retiring at age 65 after the 2009 sale. I talked at length with Lark Palma, head of school, and Lesley Sepetoski, Rummage Sale coordinator since 2000, to find out why this amazing sale is being retired after this year.
Why are we retiring Rummage?
Rummage is such a great community event. How will we replicate that?
What were the factors that went into making the decision?
Who made the decision to make this the last Rummage Sale and what was the process?
Will there be less financial aid available without Rummage?
What’s going to happen to Lesley?
Is this the first time the school has considered retiring Rummage?
Then why didn’t we retire Rummage sooner?
Let’s get back to the volunteer question. Why don’t we have the volunteers in place to continue the sale?
As an alumna and the mother of one alumnus and one current student, I really value the lessons students learn through the Rummage Sale. What about that?
What about the way Rummage ties into our sustainability efforts?
What will happen to the sorting center?
Is there anything else you want to add?
Lesley: We need everyone to pitch in this year as we celebrate the many lives Rummage has affected so positively, in so many ways, over its 65 years. Join with us (if you can) to help Rummage retire with a hoot and a holler and a whole lot of fun.
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