The tradition of Lakeside Rummage dates back to 1950, when the first small Rummage Sale raised $2000. Over the past 65 years it has grown and changed many times.
In the early years of Rummage, sales were held in various rent-free venues made available to the school. By 1977, however, the sale had become so large that space for the Spring Sale had to be rented. Many shoppers remember the days when the sale was held at Seattle Center. From 2003 to 2007 the Spring Rummage Sale moved to the 89,000-square-foot Hangar 27 at Sandpoint Magnuson Park. Since 2007, both the Fall and Spring Sales have been held on the Lakeside School campus.
The Rummage Sale is a year-round volunteer effort of the Lakeside School Parents Association. Ongoing Rummage operations are housed on campus. Lakeside volunteers receive and sort incoming donations throughout the year. New and lightly used household items in good, working condition are packed and put into storage to be sold to raise money for the school. Other goods and specialty items are passed onto to local charities for reuse or recycling. Organizations benefiting from Lakeside School Rummage operations include Northwest Center, Multiple Sclerosis Helping Hands, area shelters, PAWS Wildlife Rescue, ReStore, and other non-profits. [See Making Donations link above for hours of operation and additional information on how to make donations.]
As with any event that has been put on faithfully year in and year out for over half a century, Lakeside Rummage is steeped in tradition and lore. Whether it’s the story of the amazing donation of a document signed by Abraham Lincoln or the amusing account of volunteers scrambling to find a donated boot when family jewels had been left in the toe, stories have been passed down through the years creating a special, oral history of a time-honored tradition. At its heart, Rummage is a tradition of change, of volunteer commitment, and of the ongoing effort of the Parents Association to support the school. The legacy of this tradition is an undoubtedly unique and impressive volunteer venture that strives to provide a rewarding and fun volunteer experience for Lakeside’s parent and alumni populations that not only strengthens the Lakeside community, but also provides a valuable service to the greater Seattle community through recycling and selling donated items.
Volunteer opportunities for ongoing operations as well as for Rummage Sale abound. Further information is provided on the link Volunteering in the Depot or you can simply stop by or call the Rummage Depot. The Rummage Chairs will be happy to help you find a job that fits your interests and availability.