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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 25, 2014

Garage sales this weekend

By David Hotle | Sep 13, 2013
Thomas Palmer II shows the scale model of the Washington County Courthouse that he built in his workshop. While it is not one of the items for sale at his garage sale this weekend, many of his other wood crafts are being sold.

With arrows pointing through the garden to the garage sale behind his house, Thomas Palmer II has a chance to show people attending the sale some of the wooden crafts he constructed in his garage-based workshop.
With the annual fall city wide garage sale on Saturday, Palmer and his wife Joan decided to sell some of the pieces of art – scale models of buildings and ornamental birdhouses – that Palmer constructs. With a broad smile on his face, Palmer welcomed the patrons to his sale at 1519 N. Fifth Avenue this morning. While he has always been an artist with carpentry, he really began constructing the models about four years ago.
“He took an interest,” Joan said. “He was in woodworking when he was at the deaf school and later, when he wasn’t working at The Journal, he did carpentry. He is really good.”
Palmer said at one time he had over 200 birdhouses. His family decided that it was time to sell some of the crafts.
Anyone interested in seeing Palmer’s artwork need look no further than the lobby of the Washington County Hospital. A scale model of the 1912 hospital that Palmer built sits in a display case in the lobby. For items they can own, people can attend the sale.
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 29 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 citywide 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 citywide 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 Sept. 12 edition of The Washington Evening Journal. Copies of the edition are available at the Journal office at 111 North Marion Avenue until 5 p.m. Friday.

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