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  • City-wide rummage sale brings out sellers and buyers

  • Pittsburg’s annual city-wide rummage sale was a win-win situation for sellers and buyers.

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  • Pittsburg’s annual city-wide rummage sale was a win-win situation for sellers and buyers.
    Many sellers, including Laura Chappell, started their sales on Friday, and was nearly cleaned out before noon Saturday.
    “Friday was a very good day,” she said. “We had clothes, books, entertainment centers, some old game systems, DVDs and CDs. All we have left is two totes of stuff, and that’s not bad.”
    Chappell said that she has a rummage sale every year, but had never participated in the city-wide sale before.
    “I would do this again, probably next year,” she said.
    Angela Whetzell said she had customers lined up at 6 a.m. Saturday, but abided by the sale rules and didn’t start selling until 7 a.m.
    “We’ve been really busy since 7 a.m.,” said Troy Whetzell. “There’s been a lot of traffic through here.”
    “We have family who come from around Atchison to bring stuff for the sale,” Angela Whetzell added.
    A group of Pittsburg State University co-workers, with along with one person who works elsewhere, had a seven-family combined sale on Jefferson Street.
    “We started doing this in the fall of 2008, the same group of people, and we’ve been doing it every year since then,” said Khristel Benson. “We’ve developed a following, and we take pride in that.”
    However, she added that group members are their own best customers.
    “We don’t know what each of us will be bringing to the sale, so we all buy from each other,” Benson said.
    However, there was still plenty left for the general public.
    “Children’s stuff is our big seller, along with books, and this  year we’ve sold a lot of vinyl records,” Benson said. “We’ve also had a lot of Christmas ornaments this year. We’ve just been slammed today.”
    However, any merchandise left is either kept for fall or donated to the Salvation Army.
    Tim Harris had a sale last weekend as well as taking part in the city-wide event.
    “I moved quite a bit of furniture that I wanted to sell,” he said. “I’m downsizing. I’ve got too much stuff. If I haven’t touched an item in two years, I probably don’t really need it.”
    He also reported good business. Among other things, he sold about 15 old house windows.
    “They had that great old wavy glass with bubbles in it,” Harris said. “A lot of them were bought by Pittsburg State University art students to use in projects.”
    One of his customers was Sue McPherson, who had just gotten to Pittsburg shortly after noon after hitting the city-wide sale at Carl Junction, Mo.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We started out at 6 a.m. and did the sales at Carl Junction,” she said. “The Lions Club had a pancake breakfast and we had that, and found a lot of good bargains. Now I’m buying a painted flower piece from England for $2.”

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