One of the top questions asked of the Milton Courier is when is Milton’s citywide rummage sale?

The weekend is nearly upon us. The citywide rummage sale is the first Saturday in June every year and this year, it’s sneaking up on us because the first Saturday is June 1.

A second question we are asked is when do the rummage sales begin? Well, whenever people decide to have them. There’s no rule as far as we know. Some have sales on Thursday and Friday and Sunday, but the most popular day is Saturday.

Is it worth going to the sales?

You never know what you will find until you look or until you read.

Possibly one of the most unique items for sale in the city this weekend are sections of eight vintage auditorium seats. They came from a Milton high school auditorium and have been in Main Hall, 513 College St., for two decades. They are now available for sale from the Milton College Preservation Society. Plans are underway to create more floor space in the chapel, which is available for rent. Whether you want to own a piece of Milton history or you’re looking for seating, there’s one option.

Not all sales have fun finds.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says buyers should check for recalls on items they intend to purchase at rummage sales.

Lara Sutherlin, administrator for the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection, says, “This is an especially important practice when looking for children’s items like cribs, gates, toys, and play yards.”

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls toys and other products for children each year if they have the potential of causing injury or death. Products for any age group can be recalled for a variety of reasons including fire hazards, strangulation hazards, missing warning labels, electrocution hazards, lead levels in paint, loose magnets, choking hazards, fall risks, and more.

CPSC recently launched a mobile app that shoppers can use to search for product recalls (Download from Having this app or the CPSC website open on your smartphone while you shop is a good practice.

But watch where you’re walking. Safety first. Drivers, watch out for pedestrians and pedestrians, watch out for vehicles.

Two other areas to keep in mind about product safety: tools and electronics.

If you are shopping for battery-powered items, DATCP advises check the battery compartment for signs of corrosion. For electrical items, check for frayed wires or questionable repair.

Last but not least, if you haven’t had a rummage sale in a long time or ever, think how much effort someone put into having a sale. If the price is within reason, don’t ask for a lower price.

Safe and happy rummaging!

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