After about 200 volunteers spent many hours unloading, sorting and pricing six tractor trailer-sized truckloads of donations, the 82nd Annual Inova Ladies Board Rummage Sale is set for this weekend at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds on Dry Mill Road in Leesburg.

Rummage Sale co-chairs Joylyn Hannahs and Megan O'Brien said they're excited to be back after foregoing the sale last year due to the pandemic.

In recent years, they have received as many as 11 truckloads of donations, but this time around they went for “quality over quantity” to make the sale more manageable, Hannahs said.

200 VIP tickets were sold for Friday morning's early-bird shopping event, and entry to the sale is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, Hannahs said.

“It has come together so well and it has been great. The volunteers have worked very hard,” O'Brien said. “When I get to the end of the week and I realize how hard everyone has worked, it's pretty amazing.”

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From left: Randa McBride, Joylyn Hannas, Alexia Orr and Megan O'Brien at the Inova Loudoun Ladies Board Rummage Sale. 

The ever-popular bargain shopping event offers almost everything imaginable: antiques, collectibles, books, clothing and accessories for the entire family, tools, sports and exercise equipment, small appliances, household items and décor, designer labels, electronics, holiday items, jewelry and toys. 

Hannahs said “The Look” — a department filled with designer clothing, shoes and accessories — is the biggest money maker for the sale. Co-chaired by Alexia Orr and Randa McBride, the pair carefully sort and inspect every item they sell, she said.

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Volunteer Becky Ottinger, a retired Loudoun County High School teacher, has worked at the sale for about 20 years.

Volunteer Patty Tate drove from South Dakota to work at the sale this year in memory of her mother, Jenny Tate, who volunteered in the toy department at the sale for 40 years with her best friend Ginny Warren, who also died this year.

Hannahs expressed how much both of them are both missed, saying, “We lost four of our volunteers this year. It's really sad."

Becky Ottinger, a retired teacher who taught at Loudoun County High School for 25 years, has worked in the linens department for about 20 years, and said she is very glad to be back this year.

“It's fun to get to see people and you find really unique and well-made things here,” she said.

Hazel Saffell, the president of Inova Loudoun Ladies Board, said she feels like this year is “back to the future.”

“After getting too big, we decided to try coming back to where we started at the Fairgrounds,” she said.

“The community support and volunteers make it so rewarding," she said. "It already feels like this year is a success.”

New this year, all departments are accepting credit cards for transactions and the silent auction will also be available online, with shipping available anywhere in the United States.

The Rummage Sale draws shoppers from across the mid-Atlantic region, and grossed more than $340,000 in 2019. All proceeds go to Inova Loudoun Hospital and The Ladies Board Nursing Scholarship Fund.

The sale is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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