The event was originally scheduled around the Elsberry Car Show and the Alumni Banquet, to give visitors other options while in town. What was originally held during the first weekend of May has now become it’s own entity as it will run on June 8 this year from 8 a.m. to noon.
“This will be my second year running the event,” said Lauren Holland. “Susan Wade originally began the sale around 2004-2005 to give people something else to do during the day. So if the husbands wanted to go to the car show, they could and if the wives wanted to go shopping they could.”
Holland went on to say it worked out well for those attending the Alumni Banquet because it gave them an opportunity to take a piece of Elsberry back with them.
“It was also started because there are a lot of communities that have community wide yard sales and it’s a good way to bring people together from all over,” said Holland. “It’s one date and rather than everyone taking out their own advertisement or making their own announcement they can all do it together.”
On the day of the event, those interested can pick up a copy of their map at Casey’s General Store, Abel’s Quick Shop and other locations to be named at a later date and begin their day of shopping. Located on the back of the map are the addresses of all those having sales, as well as a list of items they are selling. According to Holland, last year there were approximately 30 participants and she is hoping to see that same number again this year.
“There just always seems to be a good outcome for this event, so I think people really do enjoy it,” said Holland. “Like I said it’s just a real good way for people to come together and enjoy all our community have to offer.”
It cost $5 to participate in the event, if anyone is interested. The $5 fee goes towards the cost of advertisement and printing and anything left over is typically used to give small tokens of appreciation for all those who participated.
“I hope to see a lot of old and new faces at this years event,” said Holland. “I think it will be a great time and who knows you may find that table you’ve been looking for.”
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