Archive for Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sellers, buyers have field day with annual garage sale

October 10, 2007

Bargain hunters flocked Saturday to Tonganoxie for the chamber of commerce's annual city-wide garage sale.

More than 60 households registered for the sale, which is staged annually on the first Saturday in October.

Saturday's shoppers found the usual garage-sale odds and ends like heavily used but still intact children's clothes, dusty old board games, which may or may not be missing pieces, and decades old VHS movies.

But a few items did stand out from the tables -- like a 3-year-old horse named Superman.

Kelly Casey's gelding was among the "treasures," she and her sister, Debbie, were trying to sell.

"We haven't done a garage sale in about 20 years," Casey said.

Casey said they weren't able to bring the horse to Tonganoxie, but she did have flyers advertising his $2,000 or best offer price tag.

The sisters started getting their merchandise ready a couple of days beforehand. They had forgotten how much work had to be put into the sale, but said thoughts of fewer items to store spurred them on.

"When we started thinking about not having to take some of this stuff home, it got a little easier," Casey said.

The Frost, Kurre and Schmeltz families also wanted to empty their storage bins and try their luck at the garage sale. They planned the three-family garage sale to coincide with the city-wide sale to get that extra traffic.

"It's been busy," Anna Frost said Saturday. "We had about 100 people go through yesterday and we've had about 25 people this morning."

What also separated this stop from others in the city were the four used cars from Mike Schmeltz's Kansas City, Kan., repair shop parked in the front yard.

"I've had a few calls, but nobody's showing the money." Schmeltz said.

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society also advertised that there would be vendors at the historical site, but they weren't doing it for the money. "We're really doing this to let people know that the museum is here," said Susy Ross, the museum's director and curator.

As shoppers would look at the items for sale, Ross would let them know he museum was open.

The address of each participating household in the sale, as well as the items for sale, were printed on a newsletter available at the chamber, but also online, which made it easier for some out-of-town shoppers to find their bargains.

"It was great that the chamber had the map on the Internet," said Diane Ovberly from Bonner Springs.

The maps helped Ovberly and her husband, Tom, begin their shopping at 8 a.m.

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