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April 8, 2013

Neosho’s citywide rummage sale dubbed a success

NEOSHO, Mo. — The 25th anniversary of the Neosho Citywide Garage Sale was an overwhelming success, said Shana Griffin, executive director of the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber sponsored the two-day event on Friday and Saturday for the 25th year. The chamber had advertised the sale in newspapers around a wide area, including those in Kansas City; Fort Smith, Ark.; and Stillwater, Okla.

Griffin said she hasn’t done any surveys of businesses yet, but judging by her experience at a restaurant on Friday, local businesses benefited from the sales.

“The restaurants were packed,” Griffin said. “Everything was a great success.”

She said she saw many out-of-state license plates around town during the two-day event.

“The weather was perfect, so we really lucked out this year,” Griffin said.

Gib Garrow, economic development director for the chamber, said the two-day sale was so successful that the chamber will give serious consideration to having a two-day sale in future years, if possible. Up until this year, the sale had been a one-day affair.

He said that from the reports he has heard, he thinks shoppers hit the busy areas of town on the first day and used the second day to visit more out-of-the-way sales. He said he spoke with someone from outside the city limits who held a garage sale and did $850 worth of business.

He said reports he has heard from fast-food restaurants are that they weren’t slammed as they have been with the one-day sale, but they had good business on both days.

Jenny Hale, assistant manager of the Neosho Super 8 hotel, said the hotel had a busy weekend from the garage sale. She said the hotel was full Thursday and Friday nights for the Friday and Saturday sale days.

Hale said hotel managers look forward to the citywide sale for increased business every year.

Sales tax

GIB GARROW, economic development director for the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, said he thinks the sale will result in a boost in sales tax revenues. This month’s report, released Monday by the city, showed a nearly 2.4 percent decline in sales tax revenues compared with the figure for the same month last year.

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