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‘Bargains, bargains, bargains’ at
Community Yard Sale

By Mike Sandrolini

HILLSIDE | Last Saturday, garage and yard sale enthusiasts in the area didn’t need to drive from house-to-
house in search of bargains.

Everything they could image—clothes, shoes, household appliances, CDs, video games and electronics,
among other items—was laid out on 62 tables, stretching the length of a football field at the Giant Outdoor
Community Yard Sale. The event was held at Eisenhower Park, just south of the Eisenhower Community
Center.

Individuals with items for sale rented a table and a 10 x 12-foot space for $25—two tables went for $35. A
total of 54 patrons sold their wares at these tables, with five signing up that morning. They kept all the cash
they made.

“Everybody said they made money,” said Dawn Ewing of Bellwood, a Chicago Public School teacher who
works for the Memorial Park District during the summer and helped coordinate the event. “I’ve heard nothing
but great things. Some recommended we do this twice a year.”

The Yard Sale took place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but Ewing said she and the setup crew were at the park by 7:
00. They couldn’t have asked for a better day, weather-wise. Temperatures were in the 80s; last year,
patrons and shoppers endured temps well into the 90s, and the year before, it rained.

“It was crazy hot last year,” Ewing said.

Bellwood resident Pete Wilson, his wife, Katrina, and his sister, Jennifer, took part in the Yard Sale for the first
time. Some of the items for sale on his table were donated, but a bulk of the items he brought from home.

“We have a shopping problem,” he joked. “We buy stuff and don’t wear it, or we out-grow it. It’s just crazy.”

Ever the opportunistic salesman, Pete engaged in conversation with anyone who happened to be browsing
for items on his table. He tried to persuade one couple to purchase two purses.

“You’ve got one for both outfits that he’s going to buy you,” Pete told the woman examining the purses, within
earshot of her significant other.

Pete is coming back next year, and he plans to stock up on clothing for infants and toddlers, which, he
learned, was in great demand.

“It’s interesting,” he said. “Now we know to focus on baby clothes next time.”

Carla Brown of Darien, also a first-time participant, said she found out about the Yard Sale through her sister,
Maywood resident Stephanie Dicken, and her mother, Elizabeth Carr of Chicago.

“My sister told my mother about it, and my mother told me,” Carla said.

Carla will be back at it next year, as well.

“Bargains, bargains, bargains,” she said. “People are looking for bargains. I did pretty good.”

Some, like Devon Payton of Bellwood, were doing double duty on Saturday—overseeing a table and
shopping. Payton said he picked up a 21-inch monitor for $10 and a travel bag for $5.

Meanwhile, at his table, Payton said he “gave a lot of good deals.”

Payton had clothes, shoes, electronics and hardware for sale. And video games. It should come as no
surprise he sold all the video games.