An amazing sale is retiring: Catlin Gabel's Rummage Sale will be the last, best one ever

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Nadine Fiedler, Catlin Gabel publicity, 503-297-1894 ext. 301,
Lesley Sepetoski, sale coordinator, 503-297-1894 ext. 423,
Catlin Gabel’s 65th Annual Rummage Sale will be memorable—and will be the last, best one ever
PORTLAND, Ore.-- After a run of 65 years, the Catlin Gabel Rummage sale will retire after this fall’s sale (details are below). The last, best sale will open on Thursday, November 5, at the Portland Expo Center, Halls A & B, 2060 N. Marine Dr., and run till Sunday, November 8 (hours are below). There is no admission charge for the sale—and great deals everywhere you turn. (The Portland Expo Center charges $7 for parking in its lot, or you can take MAX directly.)
Hours for the sale are:
Thursday, November 5: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (35 percent markup on all items)
Friday, November 6: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 7: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (25 percent discount all day)
Sunday, November 8: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (50 percent discount and bag sales all day)
This is the last chance! Amazing finds and bargains in over 88,000 square feet of merchandise include antiques, toys, furniture, designer clothing, electronics, computers, music, DVDs, jewelry, and sporting goods. This year the sale features some great furniture—several pieces of 19th-century French furniture, an Art Deco marble clock, and a pair of Marge Carson bronze leather sofas—as well as a Kurtzmann baby grand piano, vintage costume jewelry, a huge collection of baseball cards, a Passap 6000 electronic knitting machine, luxurious fur garments, a 19th-century stained glass window, and fabulous fitness equipment including a Precor treadmill and elliptical trainer. Proceeds benefit student financial aid at Catlin Gabel. Proceeds benefit student financial aid at Catlin Gabel.
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Media representatives are encouraged to attend. Please call Lesley Sepetoski at 503-297-1894 ext. 423 to arrange for parking.
“Catlin Gabel is grateful to our loyal Rummage shoppers for their many years of support, and for helping make financial aid available to generations of Catlin Gabel students,”said Lark Palma, head of school. “But as much as we also love the Rummage Sale, external forces have steadily eroded our ability to put on a great sale and deliver the best benefits to the school and the Portland community. These include the advent of eBay and Craigslist, which have drawn high-value rummage away from us; the growth of discount retailers, second-hand, and consignment outlets; a shrinking pool of available volunteers; and ever-rising overhead costs.”
The Sale has been Catlin Gabel’s cherished tradition for 65 years, but it raises far less money for financial aid than it once did,” said Lesley Sepetoski, Rummage Sale coordinator. “In inflation-adjusted dollars, Rummage revenue actually peaked nearly 30 years ago. Ten years ago, the sale raised 20 percent of our financial aid budget. Rummage now only contributes 7 percent of our financial aid budget, at a tremendous cost to us in hard work, volunteer time, and money. It’s hard to say ‘farewell,’ but it’s time to find new ways to accomplish for the school what Rummage has done for 65 years.”
Catlin Gabel is deeply committed to a diverse student body and the benefits that a wide range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds and experiences brings to the classroom and the campus. To that end, the school extends financial assistance to 28 percent of its 730 students in preschool through 12th grade. Catlin Gabel believes that family circumstances should never be a barrier to a student who will flourish in the school’s progressive, experiential educational atmosphere—with outcomes that include the highest SAT scores in the state and a stellar record of college admission for its graduates.
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Catlin Gabel serves Portland and the world as an educational catalyst, drawing together dedicated educators, motivated students, superb curricular resources, and thoughtfully applied technology, in a beautiful and functional setting, all for the purpose of forming bold learners who become responsible action-takers for life. Catlin Gabel is an independent, non-sectarian, progressive coeducational day school serving 700 students from preschool through twelfth grade. Its roots go back to the Portland Academy, founded in 1859. The school occupies 54 acres on Barnes Road, five miles west of downtown Portland. For more about the school, please visit