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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 19, 2014

City Wide garage sale is Saturday

By David Hotle | May 10, 2013
Rhonda Gates of Washington displays some of her wares Friday morning. Her garage sale will be open throughout the city wide garage sale Saturday.

Even as Rhonda Gates was setting up her garage sale at about 6 a.m. Friday to get a jump on the City Wide Garage Sale being held Saturday, people were stopping and poring over her tables, looking for the latest good deal.
Gates said that in addition to liquidating some of her unwanted items during the biannual city wide sales, she tries to have a sale at least once per month during the warmer months. Even with the overcast skies Friday morning, she had several tables set up, containing many used goods she was offering to people.
“There is something for everyone here,” she said. “There is men’s stuff, tools, toys for kids, clothes, dishes, bicycles … you name it.”
She said the sales are usually profitable for her. She said that she is always setting aside things that she believes other people would like or someone could breathe new life into.
As antique collectors and bargain hunters get ready for the opening of the sales scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Washington Evening Journal advertising director Julie Scott is excited to announce that 45 garage sales were featured on the sales map. She said that this is a big turnout for the spring running of the event.
Scott originally created the city wide sale in 1997, saying it seemed like a good idea to blend all sales into one event. Originally, it was only slated to be a spring event, but the sale was so popular a fall sale was added.
“It became really popular,” she said. “People enjoy it. We run one in May and one in September. There is a lot going on.”
Scott said that “there is a lot to see and plenty to buy” at this weekend’s city wide garage sale.
“I think a lot of people are trying to clean out their closets and their basements. This is an event that helps do that. People are also getting the idea that this is a fun activity that puts some extra cash in their pocket.”
Scott said that clothing for small children is a popular thing to sell at garage sales. She said that the garage sales would be spread out over town, which is why The Journal includes a map of the sales. She predicts a lot of people will be out at the event. The map ran in the May 9 edition of The Washington Evening Journal. Copies of the edition are available at the Journal office at 111 N. Marion Ave. until 5 p.m. Friday.

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