As cold approaches, bargains are still hot


November 01, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AS THE weather turned cold, a few hearty souls squeezed out one more yard sale before the end of the season.

Cathy Smith held a small sale in front of her Clarksville home. "Since Christmas was coming, I wanted to get rid of some stuff," she said. "We moved in last March. I'm just getting rid of some of the big things."

John Szostak celebrated his purchase of a plastic log cabin for his kids at Smith's sale. For a used cabin in good condition, Szostak paid less than half the price of a new one. Although he doesn't usually frequent yard sales, Szostak pulled into Smith's neighborhood, after seeing the signs she had placed at Guilford Road and Route 108.

"We need something for the kids to do in the winter," he said. "We're going to put it in the basement and let the kids go to town."

Down the road, Kim Archer and Lea Johnson had a sale in their garage. After renting accommodations in Clarksville for three years, the pair decided to sell some of their household goods in preparation for their move to Olney.

"I meant to put an ad in the paper, but never did," Archer said. But the lack of an ad didn't hurt sales, as car after car pulled up to the house to scrutinize the goods.

One customer, Curtis Easley, came to pick up a few bargains. Easley, an employee of Howard County General Hospital, lives in Baltimore but goes to yard sales in Howard County. Easley resells the items he buys in Howard at a flea market in Baltimore on Sundays.

"It's like a hobby and a habit," he said. "If I don't get to do it, I'm mad, and while I'm doing it, I'm happy," he said. "It's winding down now, but you'll be amazed at what people find at garage sales."

Ginny and Bob Schaefer, of Highland, were on their way to an antiques show at the Howard County Fairgrounds when they saw Archer's sign and stopped to look at her merchandise. The Schaefers had their own yard sale a few weeks back. Bob Schaefer says the success of the sale depends on the time and placement of the signs.

"I put my signs out on Wednesday so that everyone sees the signs on their way to work," he said.

Off Route 99, Judy Emerson and Susan Brown held a neighborhood sale along with a few other households. Even though they have lived at their home only one year, they still had some items to sell.

"It took us that long to clean out the storage area," Emerson said. "We had to pick a date, but we didn't know we were picking the coldest weekend of the year."

The weather was cold Saturday, and the wind whipped at the people trying to shop for bargains. But Emerson said she and Brown sold quite a few items, especially at the beginning of the sale. Emerson plans to donate the rest of her goods to Towson United Methodist Church, where she is pastor.

"The deal was that nothing goes back into the house," she said.

For those who crave the happy fix of yard sales during the winter, Easley said an indoor flea market in Elkridge is open year-round. And then there's always next spring.

Church bazaar

Don't miss the "Bazaar of the Churches" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lisbon Fire Hall. Calvary Lutheran, Lisbon United Methodist, Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran and St. Paul's Episcopal churches will offer homemade crafts, baked goods, jellies and preserves, candies, cheese balls and nuts, along with books, children's grab bags, a white elephant sale and flowers.

The bazaar will include raffles, a silent auction and lunch, which will be provided by the Ladies Auxiliary of Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company. Proceeds from the lunch will go to the West Howard County Food Pantry.


Congratulations to the River Hill High School Color Guard, which earned first place in its division in the United States Scholastic Band Association Maryland State Finals competition Saturday in Middleton. The unit, led by Tiffany Underwood of Clarksville and Marie LaFerriere of Highland, is composed of 13 River Hill students. They combine flag movements, dance and rifle-spinning in their performances. The unit also won first in its division at three other fall competitions. Underwood said the group would work indoors during the winter.

The River Hill Marching Band placed second in its division in the competition. The group also received an award for best percussion.

Support the bands

You can help the River Hill Music Boosters by supporting their Florida citrus fruit and Tupperware sales.

Information: 301-854-0050.

The Glenelg High School Marching Unit will sell pink grapefruit, navel oranges, and tangerines next month. Susan Zepp says the fruit is shipped freshly picked from Florida in boxes of four-fifths or two-fifths of a bushel. Order by 3 p.m. Tuesday for pickup Nov. 17 at the school.

Order forms are available at the school's front office.

Baseball tryouts

Eleven- and 12-year-old boys can try out for a new Western Howard County Sunday Only Travel Baseball Team at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 10 at Alpha Ridge.

Young people who are 11 or 12 by Aug. 1, 2002 are eligible.

Information: Linda LaPreze, 410-489-6612 or 410-992-8437.

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