General Rummage Sale questions
Mobile Sale, Abba Shrine
Laurel, MS — Magnolia Center
Brookhaven, MS — Lincoln Civic Center
Food and Drink — Concession
Clean — up Fee
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Is this only used items?NO, we have many families and business selling all sorts of items, Old and New
How should I price my items?
Pricing is totally up to you. Customers drive from miles around to shop at our sales, to find a bargain, so they expect one. I would suggest starting at or around half the cost you paid for the item, if that is realistic. Check on ebay, or in the local paper to see what items of that sort are selling for. If your items hasn’t sold by 11am or so, I would lower my price. You can always ask for contact information from your customer, in case you decide to come down on the price. Or write on your price, Negotiable or OBO (or best offer)
Another good way to set your price, is to ask yourself, what would you pay for it?
Are my items safe overnight?
We offer our vendors the opportunity to setup the day before the sale, as a convenience. These buildings are secure facilities, with an alarm system and policy monitored at night. Your welcome to stay there until the building is locked. I would recommend bringing a sheet or table cloth to drape over your items, to keep them from plain sight. I also would not leave any cash, or anything especially valuable. We always try to keep an eye out for shop lifting, but we cannot watch everyone’s possessions at all times.
Your items are your responsibility. You are certainly to use your own judgment when leaving your items unattended.
Will there be someone to help me unload?
No. Unloading your items are your responsilibity. If you are elderly or female and have heavy items, please bring a person with you that can help with unloading.
I have a business. Can I participate?
Yes. Business are welcome to participate, and encouraged to donate a door prize.
Can I receive a refund?
Refund policy — If you have to cancel, or cannot make the event due to conflicts in your schedule, you have a few options:
With 30 Calendar Day notice, we will give you a full refund on request.With 3 weeks notice, prior to sale date, we will give you a 75% refund, or a full credit for our next saleWith 2 weeks notice, prior to sale date, we will give you a 50% refund, or a full credit for our next saleLess than 2 weeks notice, no refund issued, but we will issue a full credit for our next sale. Less than 2 days notice, no refund and no credit. Full credit for next sale means, we will give you a credit to use at our next event (at your same location) for equivalent value. Example ‑If you spent $15 for Laurel Sale, we will give you $15 credit at our next sale in Laurel MS. Credit must be used at the NEXT event (in your location) and only done per request.
What should I bring to the sale?
Please review our checklist here.
Where do you Advertise?
We advertise in all sorts of places. See our advertising page for a detailed list of places we advertise, and to recommend another advertising source. Click here to go to our Advertising page.
What Size are the tables?
These are Banquet size fold out tables.… 8ft
There will be 3 ft behind your table also for your use
I need access to power outlet. will this be available?
yes, the tables along side of the walls have power outlets
those are Sections A, SEctions E, and Sections 1‑B and 1‑D
if you choose a table in those sections, please bring an extention cord
and make a comment on your Rental form that your table be near an outlet
Will there be air conditioning? Heater?
Yes, This is indoors. Heated in winter, and Cooled during summer. You may bring a fan if you feel it will make you more comfortable and you have rented a table with power access.
Can I use the area under my table?
Yes, You may use the area under your table, and/or behind your table. Rubbermaids work well, as well as boxes, or other types of containers to store items.
What if I have furniture?
If you have furniture, you may sell it from your area if it can be stored within the 3ft space behind your table, and not interfere with the shopping isle or neighbor. We have available space for large items at the foot of the stage area. Charge is $2 per item. Please rent a table near the stage so you can be available for customer inquires.
Can I bring a clothing rack?
Yes, altho Hanging racks come in all shapes and sizes. Small hanging racks are permitted. If you are bringing a large commercial rack, please rent a space by the wall, if available, so you do not block shopping isles or your neighbor. If your rack takes up the length of a table, you may need to rent a space for your rack.
Please use good judgment and rent accordingly. Remember, if you are using a hanging rack, this rack has to go in “your” space. You will have 3ft of space behind your table to use as you wish. You will have to adjust your area accordingly. Hanging racks will only be Rented to those who have first reserved a table.
Can I drive my vehicle inside to Unload?
Vehicles are allowed to drive in on the day before the sale, Friday. No trailers or other larger vehicles will be allowed inside. We will allow up to 10 vehicles in at one time, and rotate on a 15–20 minute rotation. You should start with your heavy items first. You may also use the side entrance and parking lot to walk in your light wieght items. We have dollys we offer for use as well.
No vehicles will be allowed inside on Saturday morning.
I want a specific table for the next sale. How can I make sure I get it?
Vendors are encouaraged to reserve their tables at the end of each sale, for the next sale. If you have an area you want to be in, go ahead and book your table before you leave, for the next upcoming sale. Tables are rented on a first come, first serve basis. The further in advance you register, the better the selection.
Will chairs be provided?
Yes. We have metal foldout chairs available for use. You may help yourself to them, but please return them before you leave.
What time can I set-up?
Setup times range from 3pm — 7pm, the day before the sale. See our Floorplan for your designated time to arrive. Vendors may also setup on the day of the sale, from 7am — 9am. Remember, No vehicles are allowed inside the building on Saturday.
Can I move my tables?
No. Unless you have signed up for a space along the wall, where you have alittle more flexibility. Those middle tables in sections “B” “C” and “D” are not to be moved. We have them measured to create a specific amount of space for shopping isles, for customers with special needs, such as wheel chairs and strollers. We appreciate your understanding in this.
Where is the Abba Shrine Center located?
The Abba Shrine center is located at 7701 Hitt road, Mobile AL 36695. You may get directions by calling 251–533-5195
(Corner of Schillinger and Hitt Road. South of Walmart and North of Grelot)
How is the Floorplan layed out? How many tables are in a section?
With the exception of those tables along the wall, Most sections include 12 tables, 5 on each side, and 2 on the end. Section appear similiar to a large rectangle, with vendor on one side of table, and customer on another. We do have a few “D” sections that are smaller, and consist of fewer tables.
Please see our floorplan on the Rent space tab.
Will there be access to wireless internet?
Yes. Abba Shrine has access to wireless internet. You may bring your laptop if you wish. This is also beneficial if you plan to accept credit card transactions via the internet.
Do I have to setup on Friday?
No. The building is open on Saturday morning from 7am-9am for setup. You may setup on Saturday, Just keep in mind that there will be no vehicles allowed inside the building on Saturday.
How large will my booth be?
Booths are 10x10. 10ft across and 10ft deep.
Will a table be provided?
No. Vendors are to furnish their own tables, unless otherwise stated.
RentAll of Laurel usually has some for rent. Contact them for pricing.
Will I have power access?
There are power access along the wall of the building. Those booths that have power access will be marked on the floor plan. If you need power access, be sure to rent a booth accordingly. Also, bring an extension cord.
Is this sale indoors?
No. This sale is under a Huge Covered Pavillion.The Lincoln Civic Center is a nice, new Facility with access to Restrooms and Concession. Please view our photos on the Photos tab to see Pictures of the Facility. We will have the sale, Rain or shine.
When is set-up?
Setup is Saturday morning, from 6am-9am for all 10x10 spaces. Your spaces will be labeled with your name on them, and booth #.
For all 10x10 enclosed Booths, setup is Friday from 3pm-7pm. Your items can be locked up for overnight safe keeping.
Do I have to pay Taxes?
Yes. The City of Brookhaven has required us to collect 7% sales tax on all sold items and report for each vendor.
You may call them with questions. MS state Tax Commission 601.833.4761
Here is the Form that is required for each Vendor / Family to Submit the day of the event
Where is the Lincoln Civic Center located?
Directions: 1096 Belt Line Dr NE Brookhaven, MS 39601. Link below. Click on Find us.
Are tables provided?
Depending on if you rented a 10x10 stall / booth, or a 10x10 space.
10x10 stalls / Booths include one free 6ft table rental.
All 10x10 spaces are just space. You provide your own tables.
We plan to have 6ft banquet tables available for rent for only $5.
Can I donate leftover items?
Yes, We will have a local charity present for any donations. It is your responsbility to bring your donations to the designated area / Truck.
You may never leave donated items in your area. It is each vendor’s responsibility to leave a clean area, when the sale has ended. Free of donations and Trash. A cleaning fee will be imposed to those who do not leave a clean area.
I want to donate a door prize. How does this work?
To encourage shoppers, we ask each vendor with a business, home-based or a shop, to donate a door prize. We give away door prizes each hour of our sale, first being 10am, and ending at 2pm. This helps us grow our mailing list, and gives you the opporunity to get on the Mic and advertise your items.
There will be a Doorprize Signup sheet available. You sign up for a time to come up and give away your door prize. You will be given the opporunity to advertise your items for sale, 2–3 min, draw a number, and give away your door prize. This can be alot of fun. If you are too bashful to speak on the Mic, I will do it for you. This is a great way to make a few sales, and get the word out about your business.
Is there a dollar Amount required for the doorprize?
No, We leave that to your discretion. Remember, you are making an impression with your customers, so you want it to be a good one, so they will come back to you when they are ready to order.
Can I sell Food or Drink?
No, Unless otherwise state, Vendors may not sell food or drink (unless you have rented the concession area)
Is there a clean-up fee?
No, if you leave a clean area.
You may never leave donated items or trash, boxes, etc in your area. It is each vendor’s responsibility to leave a clean area, when the sale has ended. Free of donations and Trash.
All garbage and trash boxes, etc. are to be placed in the dumpster, boxes broken down and flattened.
A $10.00 cleaning fee per table or booth will be imposed to those who do not leave a clean area.
Is the Christmas sale restricted to only Christmas items?
No, You may sell any season clothing or items you choose. Please be sure to read our rules and regulations for banned items.
How is the Christmas sale different from the other sales?
We think Christmas is a wonderful time of year, and want to celebrate that. We encourage our vendors to dress in Christmas hats, clothing, decorate their tables by using Christmas colors, and sell Christmas related decor. We often play Christmas music, sometimes have live performances, and even Santa Claus! It is a fun experience for everyone, and a great way to make some Christmas money for your family.
Should I charge Sales Tax on my items?
All government permitting required of Vendor shall be the responsibility of Vendor (includes sales tax requirements by the State or City). Whether or not you charge Sales tax on your items is between you and the State of AL / MS, or the City of the event unless instructed otherwise.
Unless otherwise stated, we will not collect Sales tax from each vendor.
If you are not selling used items (that have already been taxed) and you have a business, you should report your sales taxes under your Federal Tax ID number issued by the state.