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Citywide garage sales begin on Saturday

Sep 29, 2017
Stephanie Burmeister shows off some of the goods she was selling this morning at her garage sale.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


It was before the startup time of 8 a.m. today when people began entering the garage containing tables full of lightly used goods Stephanie Burmeister had set out in hopes of selling.

While she has garage sales every year during the annual Washington citywide garage sale, Burmeister said this one is special. She is planning to move in the spring and hopes to get rid of some of the items she has collected over the years. While she regularly brought things from her home in Wapello to sell in her mother’s garage sale, located at 621 W. Jefferson St., this time there was more than normal. The tables were filled with boys’ and men’s clothing, women’s clothes, and lots of miscellaneous goods. There was also a table of baked goods and Burmeister promised hot chocolate during Saturday’s sale to ward off the chill of the budding autuum.

“I love the citywide sales,” she said. “As long as I am selling things, it keeps me from going out and buying things.”

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 27 garage sales were featured on the sales map. She said that this is a big turnout for the fall 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. 28 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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