JUNCTION CITY — Yard sales are a dime a dozen this time a year, but the one held Thursday by the Boyle County Family Resource Center was even a better bargain than that.
It was free.
And, as you might expect, business was pretty good at the tables set up out the center’s office in the Linetta Homes public housing neighborhood.
“I could call it a give-away, but then they don’t come,” explained Carol Sargent, director of the resource center for Junction City and Perryville elementary schools. “But if it’s a ‘free yard sale,’ it’s unheard of.”
The agency, charged with providing extra help to families with school-age children who might need a hand, accumulates a lot of donated items throughout the school year and holds periodic free yard sales to diminish its stockpile and make way for future donations. Much of what was given away Thursday was clothing, with some toys, books, backpacks, water bottles and other doodads sprinkled in the mix.
“I don’t want to discourage anyone from giving, but there’s no way we can get rid of all the stuff we get,” said Kathleen Sinkhorn, director of Youth Services at Boyle County Middle School. “Most of it is geared toward kids, but we get people who clean out their whole closets, so we have dress pants, ladies clothes, a whole range of things.”
Items from the schools’ lost-and-found boxes, including pricey Carhartt jackets, also were put out for the taking.
Business was brisk throughout the morning and into the afternoon, with tables being restocked multiple times. Even though everything was free, several bargain hunters couldn’t help but ask the price of items, Sinkhorn said.
Seven-year-old friends Leah Marshall and Ezra Lynn made multiple visits from their nearby apartments, leaving with bags full of goodies each time.
“It’s fun to be down here,” Leah said. “I got stuffed animals, shoes, lots of clothes, a Hula hoop.”
On one of his return visits, Ezra was browsing with other people in mind.
“I might get this for my mother,” he said to Leah as he picked through a bin of hair care products.
Sargent hasn’t set a date yet, but she said another free yard sale is on tap for July in Perryville.