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By Kerry Klatt

Folks stretch their dollars at the Retired Treasure Sale

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- Some might call it a treasure chest of bargains.

Organizer Cindy Burt says, "25 cents, 50 cents, some are a dollar or two dollars, it depends on the item."

Others would call it a gold mine during this economic downfall.

Saturday's event goes by the name, "Retired Treasure Sale."  It's one of southeast Minnesota's biggest indoor garage sales.

Shopper Ruthey Lawler says, "I understand there was a line a half a mile out the door this morning."

It started outside the Rochester Senior Center Saturday morning.

Volunteers sponsored the 18-year-old event raising thousands of dollars every year for the senior center.

"Everybody looks forward to this sale, and we always find something," says Ruthey.

For some it's a bit of a social gathering, "Every year the same people work, and we work on this from Saturday to Saturday, it takes us a week," says Burt.

"We started last Saturday and we've been here everyday from 8:30 until about 4:00," says volunteer Marilyn Bastian.

Long hours dedicated to helping everyone save a dollar.

Even the volunteers can't resist making a purchase, and perhaps go home with more than they bargained for.

"Yes! That's the sad part of it...I collect Christmas things and I work the Christmas table, and that's not good," says Bastian.

It's an event good for the pocketbook, and good for the community.

"It's really good for the Senior Center because it helps out a lot of seniors," says Burt.

Items included dishes, blankets, and knick knacks.

Also up for sale was jewelry and baked goods.

Last year organizers raised $7,000.  This year they hope to exceed that amount.

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