Archive for Thursday, June 21, 2001

The thrill of the hunt

Early birds get the goods with annual city-wide garage sale

June 21, 2001

The sun still hung low in the sky, but by 7 a.m. bargains awaited early-risers who hit the community-wide garage sale Saturday.

The sale, which earned $375 for the St. Paul United Church of Christ youth group, sent shoppers on a maze of 33 garage sales throughout Eudora and surrounding rural homes that may not ordinarily draw garage sale shoppers.

"I think that's part of the attraction because there's a specific map to get to them out there," organizer Bonnie Neis said.

Neis and Cathy Box put the finishing touches on the display at the starting location, 1339 Locust, also the pick up site for maps. Box, who lives in the country, said she brought her items to Eudora for a better chance at selling them.

A sundry of bargains that filled the garage and spilled out onto the sidewalk included children's toys, a box of yarn, a range and a set of enigmatic metal poles Box and Neis reasoned to be a collapsible rack after a moment's contemplation.

Meanwhile, Jodi Cox unloaded handfuls of garments from her minivan to hang on clothing racks on the driveway. As she loaded clothes onto the rack, a few shoppers had already started sifting through the clothes.

Much of the set-up came thanks to youth group members and parents who helped Friday night, Box said.

The money will help the youth group with activities ranging from a volleyball tournament to an annual trip to Branson, Mo., for a conference.

"We felt it was real important to show them our support," Box said.

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