The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital announced Tuesday it has cancelled this year's 82nd Annual Rummage Sale, which was scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18 at Morven Park Equestrian Center in Leesburg. 

The decision was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and was made out of consideration for the more than 600 volunteers and the shopping public, according to the announcement.

“It is a huge disappointment that an 81-year tradition of The Ladies Board will be interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ladies Board President Sheila Brooks said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate the support and understanding of everyone in the community and hope to see you at the Rummage Sale in 2021.”

Donation collections normally begin in the spring, which was not possible this year due to the pandemic. Previous sales included items such as clothing, household goods, jewelry, furniture, holiday and craft items, sporting goods, electronics, books, antiques and linens and draperies. The items are spread out across 55,000 square feet at Morven Park's facilities. 

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

The date for the 2021 Rummage Sale has not been set.

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