GOLD BEACH andndash; Workers counted 406 people who lined up and entered the main gate in the first five minutes at Friday's opening of the Hospice Rummage Market, the largest rummage sale of its kind in Oregon.
"It was huge," said Patti Slagle, volunteer coordinator for Coastal Home Health and Hospice. "There were more than 1,000 people in the first two hours."
The sale, which runs through Sunday, is the 14th held by the organization which became Coastal Home Health and Hospice a year ago July 1, after becoming a stand-alone nonprofit. Previously, it was a Curry County department.
"We have way more stuff. People have been particularly generous this year," Slagle said. "It helps people who need help, who don't have insurance to pay for hospice."
The doors to the Hospice Market Place will open at 9 a.m. today and will be open until 4 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 to 4 p.m.
For years, the rummage sale was held at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The Hospice a few years ago leased the old Sause Brothers warehouse on the north jetty of the Rogue River, just across the Patterson bridge from Gold Beach.
The warehouse rental includes 5 acres of property, giving the rummage sale plenty of parking space.
As usual, the sale has racks and racks of clothing, thousands of books, housewares and dishes. There are sporting goods, TVs, cameras, fishing tackle and furniture, lots of furniture.
"There are some really nice pieces of furniture," Slagle said. "We have some really great antique furniture, some wardrobes, dining room furniture. Some really nice wood furniture.
"There are lots of books this year," she said.
Then there's the car.
"Yesterday, we got a call from someone in Brookings who took possession of a new car," Slagle said. So they had an old one to donate.
"We have this Lincoln Mark VIII, a 1998 model. It's up for sale until we get it sold," she said. "It's really amazing."
The Hospice sale has become famous throughout the west, with many people timing their vacations so they can shop and fish while the sale is going on.
"We do have people from other states, lots of people from California," Slagle said. "We're not talking Crescent City. They're just like us. One group of friends in Bakersfield. They come for fishing every year around the hospice."
The rummage sale wouldn't be possible without all the volunteers she said. Dozens and dozens of volunteers.
"We're looking for more if you want to help," Slagle said. "The next sale after this is the second Saturday in November."