Wednesday, February 01, 2017

origin of the term Rummage Sale history lesson, 1898

Modern day yard sales have their origin in rummage sales that first emerged in port cities around the docks. Derived from a nautical term that dates back to the late 16th century, the word rummage referred to the storage of items such as rum casks in the hold of a ship. After a ship put into port, damaged or unclaimed goods would be hauled out and put up for sale on the docks - hence the term rummage sale.

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