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Community garage sale set for May 24-25

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

Start the Memorial Day celebration by getting rid of unneeded items while making some money, then enjoy the 500-Mile Race and remember those who gave their lives for the country.

The 2019 Connersville Community-Wide Garage Sale Days will be Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.

“This is an opportunity for the entire county and city to have garage sales,” said organizer Brenda Kunkel. “It could be groups, churches, businesses, organizations and could be block parties.”

“It is one of those events that can actually include each and every resident or person here for a visit,” Kunkel said. “It is hoped to bring individuals into Connersville to enjoy themselves, shop, have something to eat and fill up their cars with gas while looking for treasures and bargains.”

The sale has been moved up from previous years, when it’s been in mid-June. Kunkel is hoping for a little cooler weather.

While this is the fifth annual event, its reach has been expanded to allow more people to participate and for distribution of items not sold.

Grand Avenue United Methodist Church is opening up its parking lot for those who may not have a good location for a sale, such as those in apartment complexes or who live in rural areas, to rent for the day or both days, she said. Each rental space comes with a table provided by the church. Contact the church office Monday-Thursday at 765-825-8192 for that information.

Robinson’s Whitewater River Campground on Indiana 121 South will also offer spaces; call 765-377-0807.

The Whitewater Valley Arts Association will have a sidewalk sale of artwork at 402 Central Ave. Among donwotnw businesses planning to open are Daniel Girls Farmhouse Restaurant, 600 Central Ave., and Wallflowers, 612 Central Ave.

Kunkel said two options are available for disposing of unsold items no longer wanted after the sale.

“After the sale is over, I wish everyone cleans up their sale areas,” she said. “If you don’t want to pack up your things, the thrift dtore at the Fayette Senior Center and Faith Builders Furniture and Clothing Ministry will take it.”

Faith Builders will accept clothing and furniture. Contact Jennifer Horning at 765-265-2171. Faith Builders will distribute the clothing and furniture to those in need.

The Thrift Store will accept clothing and household items. Call the Senior Center at 765-827-1511 before delivering items.

Information is available on the Facebook page, 2019 Connersville, IN Community-Wide Garage Sale Days. Anyone having a yard sale can advertise there.

The Fayette County Tourism Board provides some funding for promotion and Historic Connersville Inc. also supports the sale.

If anyone has an antiquity pertaining to the county that they don’t want, they can be taken to the Fayette County Historical Museum where someone can assess them to determine if HCI is interested in accepting it as donation for display.

“It’s like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and we begin the tunnel by opening up these yard sales, having people buy and sell and when it’s all said and done, clean up and then anything you don’t want, take it to the Senior Center, who supports the community and Faith Builders that services those in need,” she said.