Citywide garage sales prove to be boon for bargain hunters

By Nammi Bhagvandoss

Globe Staff Writer

NEOSHO, Mo. - Malissa Schellhorn said she and her fiance bought more than enough furniture for their impending nuptials at last year's citywide garage sale in Neosho.

On Saturday, the couple were trying to sell the items they had no room for in their home at 605 W. Sherman St.

"We just bought the house in September," Schellhorn said. "What we couldn't fit and need, we decided to sell."

Many admired their table but had no way of taking it home, she said. The couple requested $40 for the wood table, the amount they paid for it last year.

"I just wanted my money back," she said.

Neosho's 16th citywide garage sale was expected to draw 6,000 to 7,000. Neosho was not alone. Carl Junction was also holding its big annual sale.

Nina Guthrie, 52, of Anderson, was in Neosho in search of Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton records.

Guthrie said she spent about $45 at last year's sale, and this year she had spent $30 by Saturday afternoon.

Cherri Miller, 44, of Niangua, found a $10 basketball goal and crochet string for a home-school project.

"It's been fun wandering around with the family," said Miller, who graduated from Neosho High School.

Rod and Kathy McFarland, of Neosho, wanted to sell a Fisher heating stove they had fired up only three times in one year and had stored in their basement for the other 19 years. They paid $250 and wanted $155 by late Saturday afternoon.

"It weighs too much to move," Rod McFarland said. "I don't want to move it anymore."

Saturday was the couple's first attempt to sell at the citywide garage said.

"It was worth it because we got a lot of things recycled and off our property lines," Rod McFarland said.

"There comes a time when you have too much and you have to look at it and say, 'Why are we continuing to accumulate and how can we get rid of it?'" he said.

Arretta Curtis, 77, 415 W. Spring St., tried to sell hand-embroidered and handmade quilts. Some popular items at her sale were "multiplier onions" that stay green during winter and summer, and homemade jelly.

"I'm hoping I don't have to take the rest of it in," Curtis said. "I've got so much leftover. I may give it to Crosslines."

While she wanted to sell items, Curtis said she was also tempted to shop, even though she was intent on downsizing.

"I wanted to clean my house so I could have enough room to turn around," she said.

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