NILAND — The Niland Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 1st Annual Rummage and Local Art Sale the last weekend of March. The chamber is bringing together the two communities of Niland and Slab City for a weekend of community, art, and entertainment.
The rummage sale was inspired by the sale offered during Pioneers Day hosted by the Pioneers Museum in Imperial.
“We went to the event to check out the museum and were pleasantly surprised about the rummage sale,” said chamber member and Slab resident Stephanie Giuffre. “We both love a good sale and to see the prices so low. We went back to buy more. We figured we could do the same thing at the chamber.”
The main purpose of the rummage sale is to bring the communities together for some affordable fun.
“This has really brought people together,” said Hollis Daker, chamber president. “We’ve gotten donations from all around Imperial Valley. The folks over at Bombay Beach recently had their community sale and have donated all of the items left to us.”
The other aspect of the event will be the representation of local artists, many of whom live in the Slabs. All artwork will be displayed free of charge with a 10 percent commission going to benefit the chamber on pieces sold. Handcrafted jewelry will also be part of the show.
The sale will kick off Friday afternoon to catch the after work crowd and continue Saturday and Sunday morning. It has been scheduled for the same weekend as the Slab City Prom since there are always a few hundred people in town for that event, according to organizers.
Organizers said it is also a great time for any vendors who want to set up at the chamber’s swap meet, a weekly flea market style space in the chamber parking lot. Spaces are 20′ by 20′ and cost $8 for each day set up. Many vendors are planning to come for the weekend as there will be so many people out shopping.
Donated items can be dropped off Sunday, March 19 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or arrangements can be made by calling (760) 547-7575 or (909) 615-6329. Pickup of donations is also an option in some areas.
Who: Niland Chamber of Commerce
What: Rummage and Local Art Sale
Where: Niland Chamber of Commerce 8031 Highway 111, Niland, CA
When: Friday March 24 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday March 25 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., Sunday March 26 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.