Archive for Thursday, June 22, 2000

One man’s trash …

City garage sale offers bargains aplenty

June 22, 2000

Last Saturday, the streets of Eudora were filled with shoppers searching for bargains and treasures. Some, looking for items they can use for a lifetime.

Others, looking for items to replace what was once taken or destroyed. Like a red-light special in the heart of the city, Eudora's community wide garage sale was in full force.

The operation was this. At 7 a.m., shoppers obtained maps at a designated house outlining the areas of attack. Twenty-nine houses strategically positioned for the maximum amount of merchandising.

At one residence, Marj Spence searches around for good deals. Currently remodeling her house, Spence hopes to find some useable wallpaper, accompanied by a rock-bottom price.

"I'm just looking for bargains," Spence said. "We got out of the house at 7:30 (a.m.). Probably too late to get any bargains."

Wendey Green and her mother Mina Stevens are searching for bargains, but not for remodeling. Green's house was destroyed by a fire last month, so today the duo shop to help rebuild a tattered life.

"I'm looking for household items," Green said, "anything."

While they were unable to find the household items, neither walked away empty handed. Both found kids bicycles, in good condition, to go home to Green's daughter and Steven's friend.

Sometimes, a good bargain isn't all that can be found.

At one house, a clock four feet in diameter can be purchased for $5. At another house, four feet tall Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus wooden sculptures are going for a bartered rate. In the garage of one residence, a true garage sale, 14-year-old Michael Howell tries to convince his grandfather Ellis Whitesell to loan him a dollar. Howell only has $2 and can't afford the $3 purchase price of the alien head clock he's looking at. Whitesell declines.

"Your mom and dad would shoot me if I let you buy that old thing," Whitesell said.

Tough luck, young Howell.

Danny LeRow said his family gets involved with the community garage sale because he knows it will draw more people than just having one isolated sale.

"We do it every year because when we go to garage sales we like to go to two or three instead of one," LeRow said.

However, there comes a point in the afternoon where he's ready to move his merchandise no matter what it takes.

"Most of it I'm going to junk come this afternoon," LeRow said. "I wheel and deal to get rid of it because I don't want it."

Her first year for the community sale, Brenda Clark said she has a garage sale "every couple of years" to purge unwanted items from her house.

"And in the off years I take a lot of stuff to the Salvation Army," Clark said. "I kind of know what I want on a few things. After that, make me an offer."

Harold Massey decided to join the sale to get rid of some items after having a sale two weeks ago. His reason? He found more stuff.

"I had one and I got to digging and found some more stuff so I put it out this week," Massey said. "I always have a better one by myself."

Not everyone has trouble selling items. Some ended the day with merchandise to store again. Others like Susie and David Yeagle had no problems getting rid of their items. As they set up signs last Friday night at their home in Meadowlark, across from Eudora High School, the shoppers began pouring in.

"We sold $75 last night," Susie Yeagle said.

"And they were here before 6 a.m. this morning," David Yeagle said.

"Ten minutes until six to be exact," Susie Yeagle corrected.

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