The public was out in full force this weekend to take part in the annual City Wide Garage Sales in Dysart. This year, there were a total of 33 garage sales on the city wide map, with additional sales that missed the deadline but still participated.
According to organizer Becky Lassen, who has coordinated the event for several years now, the turnout was expected to be good, regardless of the weather.
"Garage salers are very determined," Lassen said. "And they're out there rain or shine."
The annual garage sale weekend in Dysart was a big success, with residents enjoying good weather and a good selection of sales to choose from. Left, some local kids run a lemonade and hot dog stand. They are (front row, L to R): Kolten Crawford, Dallas Blackburn, Brady Hilmer, Reagan Glenn, Landry Blackburn, Jaimi Hilmer and Carly Hoppe. Back row: Emma Alpers, Grace Harrigan and Adriel Jensen. Right, Amber Winter, visiting from Wisconsin, tries on an apron.
Luckily for shoppers, this year provided warm, albeit muggy weather for the sales.
While many residents were out searching for miscellaneous items, historical artifacts or deals on big-ticket items like motorcycles or cars, the bulk of what the garage sale weekend is all about is providing needed items at affordable prices for area families. One of the most popular items this year, as is always the case, was children's clothing.
"A lot of people have things that children don't wear out, and rather than throw it away, they can recycle it and sell it at an affordable price to a family who needs it," Lassen said.
And the old adage that "one man's trash is another man's treasure" definitely rang true this weekend.
"I know that my junk may be a treasure to someone, and theirs may be a treasure to me," Lassen said.
All the participants are grateful for the support they received from the community this year.