Rummage Sale In 49th Year

It is the lifeline of a local hospital in rural Nebraska, and it has grown into the largest rummage sale in the Midwest.

If you can't find what you are looking for at the annual Arlington Rummage Sale, you just haven't looked hard enough.

"We used to say everything but the kitchen sink, but we get kitchen sinks too," said volunteer Ardis Grace.

Grace has volunteered at every rummage sale since it began 49 years ago. In that time, the sales have raised almost $1 million, all of which goes to Blair's Memorial Community Hospital.

"It just makes you feel good inside," she said.

"We always use it to purchase some sort of capital equipment that the hospital has already identified as a need," said Sally Harvey of Memorial Community Hospital.

The money has helped pay for heart monitors and a complete makeover in the ER department.

"It's very important that we have the latest technology and we do," Harvey said.

And that technology is important to volunteers like Grace.

"I have a son who has Crones Disease and got very, very ill one night," Grace said. "If we didn't have the Blair, he wouldn't be alive. His intestine would have burst. There was no way he could have made it to Omaha. I just know the Blair hospital has to be there."

The rummage sale starts Thursday morning at the Washington County Fairgrounds and runs through the weekend. It wraps up with a bag sale and antique auction on Sunday.

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