Ci­ty­wide garage sale well re­ceived

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT

Bella Vista had its first-ever ci­ty­wide garage sale last Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, with sev­eral hun­dred res­i­dents putting their wares out to sell.

Bella Vista res­i­dent Todd Mitchell said he had al­ready sold some things Fri­day morn­ing.

“We got rid of quite a bit of stuff al­ready,” he said. “Now cars are com­ing through like crazy.”

Mitchell, who runs a win­dow clean­ing com­pany, said that he was glad to have so much traf­fic run­ning through town to see his sale, which in­cluded ex­er­cise equip­ment, a boat and var­i­ous odds and ends.

Down another street, Gayle Berke­ley had plenty of knick­knacks for sale, in­clud­ing books, cloth­ing and decor, plus mo­tor­cy­cle gear and a Har­ley-David­son

strad­dling the line be­tween her garage and drive­way.

A lot of things were for sale, she said, be­cause, af­ter mov­ing here from Cal­i­for­nia, she was down­siz­ing. The stuff that doesn’t sell, she said, will be do­nated to thrift stores.

Traf­fic started as soon as she set up shop, Berke­ley said.

“They started at 7:30 this morn­ing,” she said. “A poor gal with just ran­dom stuff, I’m do­ing okay. I’m happy.”

In ad­di­tion to res­i­dents with sales, the garage-sale event helped pro­mote area restau­rants and spe­cials run by dif­fer­ent busi­nesses.

Blue­bird Shed pro­pri­etor Butch Tet­zlaff said he had some items on spe­cial and he saw a lot of new faces in his shop.

“It’s prob­a­bly dou­bled our traf­fic,” he said.

Sales were good, he said, and most of the peo­ple com­ing in seemed to be hav­ing a good time. The garage-sale event, he said, seemed to be well re­ceived.

“I thought it was a great idea,” Tet­zlaff said.

Among those shop­ping around the town was Bella Vista res­i­dent Paul Poulides. “Fan­tas­tic idea,” he said. But while a map was avail­able on­line, he said, he would pre­fer to see a printed map. Be­cause there were so many points marked, he said, nav­i­gat­ing with the web-based map was im­pos­si­ble — and Bella Vista is a good place to have a map.

“You know how you can get lost here,” Poulides said.

Another shop­per, Mis­souri res­i­dent Ter­risa Evans, was out with her daugh­ter, Julie Prenger, of Rogers, and grand­daugh­ter, Adi­lynn Evans.

She wasn’t look­ing for any­thing in par­tic­u­lar, she said, but got a great price on baby-re­lated items.

“I filled my trunk for about $20,” she said.

Prenger said this was a good chance to spend time with her fam­ily and pick up some use­ful things — in­clud­ing some camp­ing gear she pur­chased. The weather was per­fect and all the sell­ers were friendly, she said.

“I left work early so I could get out­side in this beau­ti­ful weather,” she said.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

An over­head pro­jec­tor was among the items John and Julie Ken­nett had for sale. John Ken­nett said he used the pro­jec­tor when he was work­ing to make signs. The pro­jec­tor, he said, al­lowed him to project a de­sign on the wall and trace it at any size he...

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Shop­pers stopped to take a look at Todd Mitchell’s garage sale.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Shop­pers walked up and down through Gayle Berke­ley’s garage sale.

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