So you’ve had your garage sale, had a pretty good turnout and got rid of a lot of stuff. Time to call it a day. You close the garage door, then turn around and see all the stuff left over. What to do with it??
The Brentwood neighborhood held their neighborhood garage sales on May 4, and as a solution to the “what to do” problem, we partnered up with the Think Big Corporation and YOTO (Youth of the Ozarks) to handle the leftovers. Both organizations parked their trucks in the parking lot of the Unity Church on Seminole and accepted donations of clothing, shoes, and household items from the neighborhood. A couple of neighborhood volunteers helped with unloading trunks and trucks and back seats.
Think Big is the fundraising arm of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, led by Tyler Moles. He estimated that the donations of clothing and shoes that he collected that afternoon earned about $250-$300 for his organization, all going to kids in the program. Ken from YOTO filled his truck with household items, dishes, Christmas decorations and all the things other than clothing that people brought to donate. These were taken to their thrift shop on North Glenstone, where they would be sorted and offered for sale. Again, all proceeds of those donations go to kids’ programs in the Ozarks.
It was a win/win situation for all of us. If your neighborhood would be interested in doing the same kind of thing, or would just like to do a donations day without the garage sales, you can contact Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 417-379-0461.He will help you make all the arrangements and help you get rid of all your excess stuff.