It was still dark, and surprisingly cold, but these obstacles didn’t discourage the vendors who set up stands at the Humane Society’s garage sale Saturday morning.
As the fourth such event, it has grown from 38 vendors the first time to 78 this year, said Epic Events Event coordinator Enrique Moreno.
Two years ago, Moreno saw that the Humane Society had posted on Facebook that they needed dog food, and he thought, “They shouldn’t have to do that.” He also wanted to help them promote the organization’s thrift store, and in joining fundraising with the store he conceived of the community garage sale.
He said the event doesn’t just help the Humane Society, but also each vendor who participates.
“You’re going to make money,” he said confidently. One man the first year made $2,200 in four hours and now buys out four stations.
Of course, Moreno also enjoys the event himself, sometimes walking about a table and saying, “I’ll come back for that,” and vendors will hold items for him.
“I just want to do some shopping of my own, but I also like to see the community get together,” he said.
Of course the Humane Society had a table, mostly filled with jewelry, as well as “little antiquey things,” said Manager Carol Rogers.
“We make more money for our four-legged friends,” she said. “We usually do very well. Roswell is very good to the Humane Society.”
The garage sale is one of its big fundraisers. And all the items are donated. Some vendors will even donate whatever they don’t sell at the end of the day, and they immediately start preparing for the next sale. They have two sales a year, usually around April and then around September, so there isn’t a lot of time in between for planning.
But the Humane Society was only one of many tables selling items.
Visiting all the way from Texas after her daughter told her of the fundraiser, Cindy Williamson, owner of CWdreams and More, displayed some of her artistic talent in football crosses made with napkins and découpage as well as team spirit earrings made from duct tape.
Tina Woodell found herself dragged out of bed at 3 a.m. to help her parents sell an assortment of random items, from tools and jewelry to picture frames.
“We want to get rid of everything,” said her father, James Wooddell.
And at yet another booth, guitars, trumpets, cornets, a keyboard, flutes and other musical instruments could be purchased at reasonable prices, perfect for students.
Daniel Munoz started looking for used instruments after he spent $800 on a violin for his son, and a year later that same violin was never played again.
So he finds instruments at garage sales and has them refurbished at Ginsberg Music Co., 201 N. Main, before selling them back to kids for less exorbitant prices.
“I sell back to the kids,” he said simply. “I’m not going to lie, I do make some money, but mostly it’s for the kids.”
Regardless of what they sold, every vendor had the opportunity for a lot of foot traffic to see what they had to offer, as well as the chance to help the Humane Society and enjoy time with members of the community.