What is the best deal or most unique item?

What is the best deal or most unique item you have ever found at a rummage sale? Here are some of the responses we received on our Rummaging with Ryan Contest entry blanks:

Shelley, Crary, ND   “A lamp made into a birdbath”

Jean, Devils Lake, ND  “New fishing poles for my husband”

Lenora, Buxton, ND  “I bought an old wooden washing machine and paid $90 for it.  My daughter has it in her entry/laundry room.”

Liz, Emerado, ND  “2 glider rockers”

Patricia, Grafton, ND  “Marble top plant stand”

Shirley, Red Lake Falls, MN  “Ceramic ducks”

Paula, Edinburg, ND  “An almost new patio set – table, 4 chairs and an umbrella for $25!”

Bertha, Thompson, ND  “Railroad lantern”

Carrie, Grand Forks, ND  “Free flat screen TV”

Janet, Dent, MN  “My sister thought I was crazy when I bought a mannequin.  We drove around with it all day.  It now displays my wedding dress.”

Wilma, Grand Forks, ND  “Special K bars”

Julia, Argyle, MN  “The most fun thing I eve found was a Sears sewing machine just like new with all the attachments for only $10.”

Janell, Manvel, ND  “An antique 3 wheel bicycle with mirrors and a basket, Schwinn no less.”

Susan, Minto, ND  “Bought a nice pair of jeans for $1 – got home and threw all the rummage stuff in the washer and found a $20 bill in the pocket of the jeans.”

Cheryl, Fisher, MN  “4 piece outdoor lighted Christmas items:  tree, wreath, star and angel all under $100 “

Meet the winners and their guests!

Here is a photo of this year’s winners (in the yellow shirts), their guests (in the blue shirts, Ryan (red shirt) and our driver Bernie (orange shirt). We started out at a few sales in East Grand Forks and worked our way into Grand Forks.  Our last stop was the sale at Sharon Lutheran Church in Grand Forks.

Pictured left to right:  Guest Tressa Setness, Winner Suzanne Bott of Langdon, ND,  Guest Jean Bogestad, Winner Joan Anderson of Roseau, MN, Driver Bernie Burke, Guest Denise Thomasson, Winner Doug Thomasson of Warroad, MN, Guest Bob Anderson, Winner Barb Anderson of Crookston, MN and Ryan!

This year’s winners…

Congratulations to this year’s Rummaging with Ryan winners!

1.  Doug Thomasson of Warroad, MN, Doug’s guest is Denise Thomasson

2.  Barb Anderson of Crookston, MN, Barb’s guest is Bob Anderson

3.  Suzanne Bott of Langdon, ND, Suzanne’s guest is Tressa Setness

4. Joan Anderson of Roseau, MN, Joan’s guest is Jean Bogestaad

Tomorrow is the big rummaging day!  We’ll try to make it to as many sales as possible.


It’s Rummaging with Ryan time again!

Welcome to the official Grand Forks Herald Rummaging with Ryan Contest blog!  Enter for a chance to win a morning of rummaging on Friday, May 17 with Ryan Bakken of the Grand Forks Herald!

4 lucky winners and their guests, along with Ryan, will be chauffered to rummage sales in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.  We will only stop at rummage sales listed in the Friday, May 17 Herald classified section. Ryan’s road crew will follow behind in a truck to transport the bargains. Each winner will receive $25.00 in cash to spend at the rummage sales!

Look for entry blanks in the Grand Forks Herald periodically beginning on Wednesday, April 17 through Tuesday, May 7!  Enter as many times as you wish, but only one entry per envelope. Also on the entry blank tell us what the best deal is or the most unique thing you have ever found at a rummage sale. Entries must be received by Friday, May 10. Winners will be notified by phone or email.  You may also download an entry form by clicking here or enter by sending an email with your information to gfherald-contests@gfherald.com    GOOD LUCK!

Antique China for $5

What is the best deal or most unique item you have ever found at a rummage sale? Here are some more of the responses we received on our Rummaging with Ryan contest entry blanks:

Mary Ann, East Grand Forks, MN  “I collect new caps to send to an organization in Haiti.  One day I found 12 at one sale!  Another day I found 2 dozen new sets of baby clothes also for the organization in Haiti.”

Karen, Argyle, MN  “A 10-piece set of antique china for $5″ 

Grace, Larimore, ND  “Shoe box full of old jewelry for $1″

Danielle, Hallock, MN  “Boyd’s Bears for .25-cents”

Laddie, Grand Forks  “A motor scooter for $200″

June, Warroad, MN  “Fiesta dishes”

George, Petersburg, ND  “Fishing rod, car tire, clothes”

Bette, Thief River Falls, MN  “An old enamel topped table for $10 when rummaging with Ryan”

Andrea, Fargo, ND  “The best deals I find are clothing for my 5 young children.  It’s expensive to keep growing youngsters clothed.”

Ruth, Crookston, MN  “Great working paper shredder for only $5″

We want to hear from you too! What is the best deal or most unique item email!you have ever found at a rummage sale? Leave a comment on this blog or send an email to: slindlauf@gfherald.com. It would be really great if you would include a jpg photo with your