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Belleair garage sale draws a crowd
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Crowds gathered in every driveway where items were for sale in Belleair.
BELLEAIR – “Lucky got lucky” may be the tagline of the 2014 community-wide garage sale in town

The sale was held on Jan. 11 and residents from all over town reaped the benefit of making a few bucks while getting rid of “stuff” that they no longer needed. But no one benefitted more than Lucky Tabor who came all the way from Weeki-Wachee with a golf cart in tow. He and his wife Donna set up a booth in the parking lot of the Town Hall and before they knew it their golf cart was sold.

“It was the first thing that sold,” he said. “We had two golf carts and we didn’t need this one so we thought we’d try to sell it here. We heard that golf carts were popular here and sure enough it sold quickly. In fact several people dropped by to ask us if we had any more of them.”

Tabor joked that going into the used golf cart business might be a good retirement activity. On the more serious side he said the entire experience of selling in the garage sale was a good one.

“This is fun, it really is,” he said. “The people here are so nice, they drop by and chat. They are very pleasant, they talk and they joke and just seem to be having a good time.”

Belleair resident Suzanne Stahle couldn’t agree more. She was making the rounds, looking for that special something, she didn’t know what, but was having a good time doing it.

“I love this,” she said. “I’m happy to see so many people out. Next year we might have to participate, at least it gives you a reason to clean out the garage.”

Nearby another Belleair resident, Barbara Clark, was replenishing her tables. It was her first time participating in the garage sale and she was happy with the way things were going.

“This is just fine, the weather is great, not too sunny and there is a good crowd around,” she said. “This is pretty typical of any garage sale. The things you really want to sell are still sitting here, the small stuff sells well.”

As for whether or not she’ll participate again next year, Clark said she was still on the fence.

“This is a lot of work. If you were to ask me now if I’ll do it again next year, the answer would be no. But in a week or two I’d probably say yes, I’ll be back,” she said.

Also participating for the first time were Wayne and Kathy Sincich. They were going all out, not only with their front yard full of things to sell but they also fired up the grill to sell hot dogs and drinks.

“Last year we couldn’t do it but this year we’re glad we did,” said Sincich. “There have been a lot of people around today. They began to show up at 7 a.m. even though the sale didn’t begin until 8. For sure we’ll do it again”

Moments later Sincich had to run off to help a neighbor who arrived with a camp cot he wanted to sell and added it to their lot.

Then a customer had to be tended to. Joan Bubar came from Clearwater to browse around the town. She is an experienced “yarder.”

“This is awesome,” she said. “I love garage sales. Just because something is used doesn’t mean it is bad. I’m trying to teach my kids that garage sales are fun and a way to save money.”

Earlier in the day on Saturday it was foggy and cool. But that didn’t stop Largo residents Vickie Hanson and her friend Sam Martino. In fact the garage sale itself helped the women continue to look for treasures.

“I was cold shortly after we got here,” said Hanson. “So I bought this sweater which I’m wearing and that allowed us to continue.”

“I managed to find some jewelry and we’re not finished yet,” said Martino.

The community-wide garage sale started in Belleair a year ago. It is a project of the Parks and Recreation Department. This year, the second annual sale, over 80 residents took part.
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