rummage sale

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  1. a sale of miscellaneous articles, old or new, as items contributed to raise money for charity, of unclaimed goods at a wharf or warehouse, or of odds and ends of merchandise at a shop.

Origin of rummage sale

First recorded in 1855–60

Words Nearby rummage sale Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rummage sale in a sentence

  • She arose to go, then sat down again and said, "I hope you will be able to attend our rummage sale."

    The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
  • Nobody buys books at a rummage sale except the people who would buy them anyway.

    Peggy Raymond's Way | Harriet Lummis Smith
  • A rummage sale of toys added quite a large sum to the general fund.

  • The kid started digging down in his pocket and pretty soon that table looked like a church rummage sale.

    Roy Blakeley's Silver Fox Patrol | Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • "I should call it a rummage sale, and things are rather rubbishy," said Irma.

    Irma in Italy | Helen Leah Reed

British Dictionary definitions for rummage sale

rummage sale

  1. a sale of miscellaneous articles, usually cheap and predominantly secondhand, in aid of charity: Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): jumble sale

  2. US a sale of unclaimed property or unsold stock

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