The annual event takes place at the Logan County Fairgrounds in
the exhibition barn that is the second one from the south.
On Wednesday, Marilyn Wheat and Judy Conzo were busy tagging
merchandise and getting everything organized. Conzo said that she
believed this year was probably the largest to date in regard to
donations for the sale. Throughout the barn, there are stacks of
items that are bound to catch the eye of someone. Walking through,
one will note a selection of handbags, a collection of jewelry, and
some very nice pieces of glass. There are also kitchen items, such
as some very nice Corning Ware baking dishes, and a silver-tone
glass punch set.
In the furniture area, on Wednesday, there were two nice couches, an
antique wooden dining table, several chairs, and lots of other nice
items. There is also a selection of kidsí toys and games, and golf
clubs and exercise equipment.
Wheat pointed out a couple of favorite items that she hopes will be
quick sales. One is a cute wine bottle labeled Chateau La Paws. It
features a sweet little dog on the label, but also comes with a
handmade wine glass holder and four matching stemmed glasses.
Another prized item in this yearís sale will be an autographed photo
of Danielle Colby from American Pickers. Some may recall that
Danielle was in Lincoln in April for the Logan County Spring Market.
While in town, she signed a photo for the Humane Society, and Wheat
is hopeful that someone will snatch it up early in the sale.
Again this year, the HSLC will hold a special preview night on
Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This evening will be for the serious
shoppers who want to snatch up the really good stuff ahead of time,
and there will be plenty of good stuff to snatch! The HSLC will be
asking for a suggested donation at the door of $5, on Thursday night
only, though anyone who wishes to donate cash to the HSLC throughout
the weekend would not be turned away!
And, finally, for those who may have gone last year and passed up a
bargain, donít look for it to be there still. Conzo explained that
each year after the sale, what is left over is taken by local
auctioneer Mike Maske. Maske will incorporate the leftover items
into a future auction he holds and gives the proceeds back to the
Humane Society. Conzo noted that the HSLC was very appreciative of
Maske for doing this. It guarantees that the HSLC does not have to
store the items left over, and it guarantees that every donation,
large or small, does benefit the Humane Society.
[to top of second column]
The HSLC garage sale will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The best way to get
into the fairground on those days would be through the south gate.
Wheat and Conzo were also excited to talk about a new fundraiser
they will be doing this year, a special 2017 calendar.
The calendar features local
firefighters and other service organizations in Logan County. Each
picture of the 14-month calendar (November 2016 through December
2017) will also feature a pet from the HSLC Animal Shelter.
The calendar was organized by Conzo and Wheat with Helene Paulis
doing the photography. The theme of the calendar is ďAll those who
serve.Ē Photos will include the fire departments from Lincoln, Mount
Pulaski, Latham, Atlanta, Middletown, and Lincoln Rural Fire
Protection District. It also be features photos of the city of
Lincoln Police Department, Illinois State Police, Logan County EMA,
Logan County Paramedics, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) in Lincoln. Another special feature will be
the Lincoln Legion 263 Military Funeral Rights Guard.
The calendars will cost $20 each, with the profits from the sales
going to support the daily operations of the Humane Society. Conzo
said that the first order will be 275 calendars, but the society
will place additional orders as needed.