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April 5, 2013

Neosho garage sale draws crowd for 25th year

NEOSHO, Mo. — Misty Moon on Friday morning had just sold the second of five steam heat radiators from her home on Oak Ridge Drive.

“It’s a lot busier than normal,” Moon said of this year’s Neosho Citywide Garage Sale. “There’s no school, so more people are coming out.”

This is the 25th anniversary of the event. The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual sale, made it into a two-day event for the anniversary.

Moon said her house doesn’t use steam heat now, so she doesn’t need the radiators. She was selling them for $5 each.

“They’re probably 200 pounds a piece,” she said.

The buyer of the radiator was Hank Owens, of Galena, Kan. He used a dolly to transport the radiator to his pickup.

“They make perfect yard ornaments,” he said.

Oak Ridge Drive is probably the busiest street in town during the annual garage sale. It was designated as a one-way street to help with the traffic flow. Parts of High Street, Macy subdivision and Western Hills subdivision also are designated one-way for the sale.

Karen Martin, of Baytown, Texas, was shopping at another sale on Oak Ridge Drive. She said Baytown is 20 miles east of Houston. A family member in Joplin had posted information about the Neosho sale on Facebook. She said she decided to use the opportunity to visit family and go shopping.

During the 10-hour drive, she said she also stopped to visit family in Oklahoma.

She had stopped at the chamber office for a map of the sale locations, but she hadn’t bought anything by around 9 a.m.

“We’re just getting started,” she said.

Don Kyler, of Seneca, was loading a drum set into his pickup. He said he’ll keep it at his house for his grandson, Rykan. He said he had sold another set he had.

“He’s 4 years old and he has a real good beat,” Kyler said.

Kyler said he got a good deal on the drums. The bed of his pickup was evidence of his other finds, including lawn furniture.

“We always end up with two or three truckloads,” he said.

Kathy Collier and her family had set up a yard sale at her house on Oak Ridge. This is their fourth year to participate. She said she thought the crowd may have been “a little off” from previous years.

“We’re doing good, though,” she said.

She said the annual sale helps to reduce clutter.

“It’s a family thing,” she said. “Whoever wants to get rid of stuff, we put it in the sale. As George Carlin says, ‘It’s all about stuff.’”

A yard sale in the 400 block of McCord Street was more subdued, but still attracted a fair amount of visitors. It was at Katherine Hayworth’s house, with help and sale items from her mother-in-law, sister and a friend.

Phyllis Carr, of Sarcoxie, was looking through children’s clothing at Hayworth’s sale. She had started from home at 6:30 a.m. for the sale, which officially began at 7. There were reports of some sales on Thursday.

“I’ve found a bargain on some flowerpots,” she said. Then she held up some of the clothes. “Probably these are bargains, too. They’re for my great-granddaughter.”

Susan Hoxsie, of Neosho, also was shopping at Hayworth’s house. She said she hadn’t yet bought anything, though her husband had.

“There’s still hope,” she said. “Today’s young. There’s also tomorrow.”

The citywide sale continues at 7 a.m. today.

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