Resale Website Secondhand Chicago Unveils 2nd Annual "Thrifty 50" list of Must-Visit Chicago Area Rummage & Community-wide Sales of 2014

Annual compilation of oldest, largest and most-anticipated rummage sales gives bargain hunters an easy one-stop guide to find the area's top sales.

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They start lining up at 6:30 a.m. They know I haven't changed my prices.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 03, 2014

Secondhand Chicago, Chicago’s No. 1 website for resale shopping, today released its 2nd Annual “Thrifty 50” – a list of the 50 must-visit Chicago area rummage and community-wide sales of 2014.

The Thrifty 50 contains many of Chicago’s oldest, largest and most anticipated sales in Chicago and suburbs from Orland Park to St. Charles to Lake Forest. The majority of the sales are run by churches – two which have been holding them more than 80 years – and the remainder by suburbs, Chicago neighborhood associations and schools. Sales start this weekend and run through December.

For rummage neophytes who think all they will find at these sales are old books and housewares, guess again. The Winnetka Congregational Church, for example, advertises 31 “departments” of merchandise that include antiques, furniture, jewelry, pictures, music, hardware, garden items and sports equipment. At St. Nicholas Church in Evanston, more than 15 cars have been sold at its rummage sales over the past 10 years, including a 1963 light blue VW Beetle at last year’s sale.

But be forewarned: if you plan to go to an established sale, expect a long line waiting for the doors to open. Pat Kretch, who has run St. Cecilia’s rummage sale in Mount Prospect for 15 years, said there were more than 200 people in line when she opened last year. “They start lining up at 6:30 a.m.,” she said. “They (customers) know I haven’t changed my prices.”

Suburbs included in this year’s Thrifty 50 include: Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Dundee, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Hawthorn Woods, Justice, Kenilworth, Lake Forest, Lindenhurst, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Park Ridge, St. Charles, Western Springs, Wilmette, Winnetka and Woodstock.

For the full sale list, go to:

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Secondhand Chicago is Chicago’s source for thrift, vintage and upscale resale shopping. It features a directory of more than 500 thrift, vintage and upscale resale shops in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.


  • Michael Muhr