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Press garage sale helps United Way’s efforts

Jennifer Sprouse • Jul 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

From clothes to chandeliers to makeup products, the Johnson City Press garage sale Saturday was populated with loads of unique items ready to be sold and vendors excited to be helping out a good cause.

Benefiting the Press’ United Way campaign, people showed up in scattered numbers throughout the event, hopeful to spot something they might need or want.

Starting bright and early at 8 a.m., Phil Hensley, circulation director for the Press, said the early time definitely did not affect their crowd of people.

“We had a lot of earlier buyers,” he said. “We have 12 vendors who donated to the United Way to have a space here at our sale.”

Vendors who wanted to sell their items during the campaign event were asked to make a donation of $25 to the United Way, and for an additional $5, were loaned a table to showcase their stuff.

“We’ve seen rocking chairs, we have all sorts of Avon products, knickknacks, a lot of clothes,” Hensley said. “I think there’s such a variety of things.”

Press employees, as well as people throughout the community, donated their own items in the weeks leading up to the sale to be sold to benefit the United Way.

Hensley said the items donated were extensive and included anything from clothing and books to videos.

“We wanted to have an event in July that was during our monthlong campaign to help the United Way. The employees at the Johnson City Press have been great with their donations,” he said. “It helps us, as a company, reach our goal of trying to help the United Way reach their goal.”

Janet Moody of Johnson City was glad to be selling her items at the garage sale, and said the atmosphere at the event was friendly.

“We have participated a couple of years before and so we’re back this year,” she said. “As usual it’s been very busy and it’s lots of fun. It’s just friendly and it is great. The people coming by are just so neat to work with. They are very grateful people and just really easy to talk with. We’ve enjoyed it very much.”

For some, the sale was a family event and a way to get rid of some unwanted items.

David Pendleton and his daughter, Lauren, were busy selling their items, while also enjoying those who stopped by to shop in their area.

“My mom found it in the paper and we had been ... trying to clean out the basement and stuff anyway,” Lauren said.

Setting up a booth with Vonda Wagner, Lauren said the pair had a collection of body sprays, clothing and movies they were looking to get rid of.

David, who set up a booth to the right of their’s, said he’s just had a good time interacting with people from the community.

“I’ve had a ball talking to people,” he said. “There’s so many nice people selling and so many nice people buying, and that’s made it fun for me.”

Joan Van Eaton said she stopped by after making her normal Saturday visit to the farmer’s market, and was pleased with some of the clothing items she stumbled across.

“Everybody’s so nice and friendly, so I’ve had a good time,” she said. “It gets you out of the house, gets you something new and it supports the community.”

As the sale finished up around noon, all donated items leftover from the sale were picked up by the Salvation Army.

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