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'Swapportunity' community rummage sale returns Oct. 5-6

Volunteers gather amidst tables of items at the 2016 Swapportunity. (Courtesy photo)

Looking to rid your residence of usable goods? On the hunt for affordable clothing or kitchen and household gadgets? The annual Community Swapportunity next weekend for the Two Harbors area may be the perfect destination.

Free items are gathered for shoppers to pick up at the 2017 Swapportunity. (Courtesy photo)Swapportunity is a zero-dollars, rummage sale-style swap event. On Thursday, Oct. 4, donors can drop off their unwanted items at the Two Harbors Community Center between 1-7 p.m. The free sale will be open Friday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Swapportunity is planned by Beacons of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to "empowering people and ending poverty." The organization will also host a bake sale fundraiser.

"It's open to everybody; you don't need to donate to shop," organizer Kathy Glenn said. "We don't screen people for income. You can come and get things, whether you have $1 or a million dollars in the bank."

There are some regulations for swap donations. Items that won’t be accepted include electronics, upholstered furniture, torn stained or cut clothing, mattresses, cribs, car seats, playpens, high chairs, irreparable items and exercise equipment.

"We did take exercise equipment last year and it was a regret because no one wanted to take it," Glenn said.

Donors are welcome to bring used and new clothing, books, toys, kitchen and household items, non-upholstered furniture and other “treasures” you would find at a rummage sale.

This year's sale is two days to encourage more shoppers, but if any items are left after the second day, they will be donated to local nonprofit organizations such as Goodwill, Neighbor 2 Neighbor and more.