Bargain hunters flocked to the first of its kind Monstrous Yard Sale fundraiser, hosted by the Yuba County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse, to browse the hundreds of items for sale on Saturday. 

Posse Captain Wes Rippee said over half of the items up for sale were purchased by noon.

“We have sold quite a bit of stuff but there is still a lot more here,” Rippee said. 

Rippee estimated that over 800 people had stopped by the yard sale in just the first five hours and he anticipated hundreds more before they closed up shop for the day. 

“We will probably get over 1,000 people today,” Rippee said. 

Rippee said the Yuba County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse decided to host a yard sale fundraiser while looking for new ways to raise money for all of equipment necessary for the Posse. 

“We have to buy radios, search gear and other equipment and all of that is purchased with money from fundraisers or donations,” Rippee said. 

Last year, the Yuba County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse purchased a total of $60,000 worth of equipment, funded exclusively by donations, fundraisers and grants from the community. 

The Yuba County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse is a non-profit group of volunteers that conduct search and rescue operations for the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. 

“We also participate in community events and activities,” Rippee said. “We are all about community involvement.” 

According to Rippee, all of the items up for grabs at the yard sale were donated by Posse members, family and friends or the community.

“We had two whole households donated,” Rippee said.

The yard sale was stocked with a large variety of items including; dishware, furniture, clothing, saddles and horse tack, appliances, bikes, craft supplies, tools, doors, and much more. 

Rippee said all items at the yard sale are being sold on a name your price basis. 

“Just bring it up and name a price,” Rippee said. “We will haggle with you til’ you’re happy!”

One lucky shopper snagged a saddle and stand, which normally retails for $700, for just $125. 

Cheryl McMillian, of Marysville, said she was happy with the purchases she made at the yard sale.

“There is a lot of nice things out here,” McMillian said. “There is a lot of variety and many things are still in the original boxes.” 

The Posse also had hot dogs and water on sale for $1 for those that worked up an appetite while shopping. 

“The community has been so supportive,” Rippee said. “We are so thankful to the public for participating because without the them we can’t do any of the things the Posse is here to do.” 

The yard sale, located at the Yuba County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse Arena, 5386 Marysville Road in Browns Valley, will be up and running again today from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

“On Sunday, everything will be really cheap,” said Wes Rippee. “So come on down and look around!”

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