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Johnson City Press garage sale to benefit United Way

Jennifer Sprouse • Jul 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Whether you’re looking to de-clutter your living space or find yourself in the market for some new items, the Johnson City Press may have an event for you to check out.

The United Way team members of the Press have scheduled a garage sale for Saturday, July 28 from 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot in front of the building for anyone looking to sell or buy the donated items. The money raised at the sale will go to the United Way of Washington County.

This event is open to the public, as well as Press employees, who would like to either donate garage sale items or would like to sell the items themselves by running their own booth for a $25 fee.

Tables also will be provided for an additional fee of $5.

Some items that have proven to be top sellers in the past include children’s clothing, power tools, sporting equipment, electronics, household items and other miscellaneous items.

Circulation Director Phil Hensley said the entire event is conducted by the Press and the company wants it to be a safe community garage sale.

“The employees will be setting up the booth areas, managing the booths, providing tables to those who need it, directing the vendors to their spots, which we’ll be assigning to them on a first come, first served basis,” he said.

Items are already being collected for the sale and will be stored in the Press warehouse until the day of the sale.

Hensley said the Press is considered a United Way pacesetter company that is actively involved in early campaigning for the agency, and United Way is a cause it stands behind.

“Being a pacesetter company, we really want to show the way,” he said. “Being a media company, we really feel like we can help United Way get their word out about ... the agencies and the people they serve in the community, and we feel like that’s an important story to tell.”

All donated items not sold at the sale will be taken to the Salvation Army.

Along with the garage sale, the Press will also feature a special United Way edition that will come out on July 24.

“It’ll be a special edition with several pages donated to United Way and the agencies they serve,” Hensley said. “We’re real excited about it because we’ve had a sneak peak of the stories and they look really compelling and really have a lot of human interest in it. I think it will really give folks in our community a really good idea of what United Way does and the people they serve.”

Businesses, by way of a $250 donation, can have a 2-column-by-3-inch ad in the United Way edition.

“It’s going to be a space where businesses can show their support for the United Way,” Hensley said.

For more information about the garage sale, the United Way edition or for buying an ad, call the Press at 929-3111 or stop in at 204 W. Main St.

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