Sales Return

ST. MARYS — An annual fundraiser benefitting a county agency kicked off this week, enabling residents to nab a few deals while helping out the Auglaize County Council on Aging.

The Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA) opened its annual garage sale Thursday.

Activities Director Evelyn Hartley noted she has been preparing for the garage sale for a month.

“We started collecting items the first week of July,” Hartley said. “We got items from anybody and everybody.”

The items span the entire open area of the ACCA, set up on tables, under the tables and along the walls.

“We have just a little bit of everything,” Hartley said. “We have clothes, furniture, computers, toys, stuffed animals, puzzles, purses, picture frames, bedding, knickknacks, books, Christmas items, all kinds of housewares — pots and pans and dishes. Just a little bit of everything.”

She noted they do not accept toilets, encyclopedias, pianos and organs.

“They’re hard to sell,” she said.

When they opened the sale on Thursday, Hartley said they had a good turnout.

“We had a nice long line outside the door when I opened at 8,” she said.

The sale will hold specials throughout the week.

“Next Wednesday starts the bag days — all the clothes you can fit in a bag for $2,” Hartley said. “Thursday is any bag, buy one at $1, get the second one free. Friday is donation day — a donation for anything they want. The more they take out, the less I have to clean up after.”

If any items are left over, they will be donated.

“We are very fortunate that we have the Van Wert Salvation Army who will take it,” Hartley said.

The ACCA garage sale is an annual fundraiser to help with events they put on throughout the year.

“It’s our annual fundraiser, and this will go along to help with the cost of things here,” Hartley said. “Then we also have our big craft show coming up — Harvestfest — which will be Oct. 13, and then our big Senior Day in September. This helps offset some of the cost of the items we get for that.”

Although this year’s festival falls during the same week as SummerFest, it does not always happen that way, Hartley noted.

“It just kind of fell on that day, but it’s usually the second or third week in August,” she said.

During the garage sale, the ACCA will suspend all activities but meal sites, Hartley noted.

The sale, which runs through Friday, is open from 8 a.m. from 1 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the ACCA, located at 610 Indiana Ave.