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Rotary garage sale coming to town

Second-hand computers, used TVs, unwanted tools, dishes, appliances and toys; slightly used jewelry, auto accessories and exercise equipment; cast-off artwork, furniture, books, lawn mowers and garden tools; comics, clothing, shoes and hats.

That’s just some of the things you’ll find at the seventh annual Rotary Auction and Garage Sale (RAGS) 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday only at the Kitsap Pavilion.

“It’s only the one day,” said Rotarian John Blair of Silverdale, indicating that folks ought to mark their calendars. Especially since there’s been such a surge of items donated.

“It’s looking real good,” he said early Monday afternoon when Rotarians first opened the back doors of the Pavilion to accept donations. The cars, trucks and trailers just kept coming. “It’s hectic the first couple of days.”

Rotarians are working four-hour shifts, a dozen members at a time, Monday through Friday, to prepare for the event. They’ll work until everything’s sorted and priced. Rotarians from four Kitsap clubs are hosting the event this year: Bremerton Rotary, Silverdale Noon Rotary, Silverdale Sunrise Rotary and South Kitsap Rotary.

Last year’s RAGS was run by five local Rotaries, and earned about $40,000, said Rotarian Greg Rogers. They hope heavy donations will help them top that this year.

Proceeds go back into the community, supporting scholarships, camperships, and local projects. The international Rotary is a non-profit service club.

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