Garage sale to benefit statue drive
If Eudora Lions Club member Tom Tucker's hunch is right, then the community could be in for one of the biggest garage sales it has ever known.
"This will be a huge garage sale," Tucker said.
Starting at 7 a.m. and closing at 3 p.m. Saturday, household items and more will be laid out on tables for the public to peruse as the club continues
its fund-raising efforts for the Eudora statue project. The sale will open again Sunday and will run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"The garage sale is going to be a big success. I'm thinking it will be because we're going to fill the whole east side of Nottingham Elementary School's east parking lot," Tucker said. "It's going to be jam-packed with good stuff."
For the last several weeks, the Lions Club and Eudora resident Tami Klinedinst have collected items for the sale. With the start two days away, the group has collected more than two storage units full of treasures, Tucker said.
"It's kind of hard to make projections for what we'll make. We just have a large variety of stuff," Tucker said.
The variety of donations impressed Klinedinst.
"We've got everything you can imagine. We've got big furniture; we've got lots of clothes, of course -- just a lot of household items," Klinedinst said. "We have just everything. I think it's great."
The proceeds from the items will go to fund a bronze statue in the likeness of the town's founder, Chief Paschal Fish, and his daughter, Eudora, the town's namesake.
The statue crafted by Lawrence artist Jim Brothers depicts Fish embracing Eudora as a young child. The finished product is scheduled to be unveiled during the 2007 EudoraFest in conjunction with Eudora's sesquicentennial celebration.
Although the focus of Saturday will be on the garage sale, two other events will also help raise money to pay for the project.
"In addition, there will be a bake sale provided by the city office girls," Tucker said.
The Lions Club will also continue to sell chances to win a lawn mower, weed eater and more, Tucker said.
Although the layout of the garage sale, items and times are set, help is still needed, Klinedinst said.
"We've had a lot of donations," Klinedinst said. "We're looking for tables and trucks. We need the tables for setting up."
Last year, Klinedinst helped organize a garage sale to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The experience taught her how to make the process smoother.
"This year we'll be posting signs around town," Klinedinst said. "What I didn't do at the Katrina sale is I didn't have signs up. I think that hurts business."
Although the sun has baked Eudora in recent weeks with 100-plus degree temperatures, Tucker and Klinedinst don't see the heat as being a problem for Saturday's sale.
"The people that are taking money, they are the people that are going to be more heat exposed," Klinedinst said. "We'll have them in shifts, and we'll have some canopies put up that will be out there all day."
"Heat should not be a factor," Tucker said. "There's really no rain in the forecast. "We're still hoping for good weather."
To Tucker, the garage sale has already had some success.
"One thing that has really contributed to this fund-raising event is the generosity of the folks in Eudora. We received donations from about 25 households," Tucker said.