Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2007

Families to offer used items at city sale

June 14, 2007

CPA Park will be the city's garage sale headquarters starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Residents and visitors will gather at the park at Ninth and Main streets to plan a day of bargain hunting on a citywide scale.

There will be a map at the site showing individual sales throughout the city.

The annual sale will last all day and feature items from both individual families and businesses.

There will be a wide variety of goods available, organizer Bonnie Neis said.

It's just regular garage sale items, she said.

"Everything from collectibles to furniture, to weight-lifting equipment," Neis said, who has organized the event for more than a decade. "You name it; we've got it."

So far, everything is falling into place for this year's sale, she said. Her oal was to attract about 30 participants this year, Neis said. As of Friday, Neis said she had about 18 definitely interested.

"It's about average," Neis said.

As of Tuesday, when the registration deadline passed, 31 more homes signed up, Neis said. She said she expected the last-minute rush.

"We usually get a quite a few in there the day or two before the deadline," Neis said.

With a total of 59 homes participating, Neis called this year the best year ever for the sale.

Neis collected registration fees ranging from $12 to $15 to help raise money for the Eudora Ministerial Alliance food pantry, housed at the church. It's one of the major fund-raising events for the pantry this year.

Each garage sale organizer will keep the proceeds from the individual sale, Neis said.

The citywide garage sale also coincides with the church's garage sale, Neis said. The church garage sale allows congregation members to get rid of unwanted stuff, she said.

CPA Park will be more than the home of the master garage sale map. It will also feature a miniature bazaar, and in addition, the church offered residents who live outside of Eudora the opportunity to set up their wares in the park.

"If people are out in the country, you don't get a real good turn out," Neis said.

The sale at CPA Park might help people from a time-management standpoint.

"It's one-stop shopping," Neis said.

A rain date for the garage sale will be June 23.

For more information on the sale, call Neis at 542-2411.

"We just hope for a bigger, better year than previous years and hope it just keeps growing," Neis said.

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