Big yard sale in Landis benefits schools, community
By Shavonne Potts
LANDIS ó If you’ve got crafts, baked goods or some old stuff you think others want, Landis is the place for you.
The town will have a community yard sale Saturday where proceeds from booth rentals will benefit Landis Elementary and Corriher-Lipe Middle School.
Organizer Charlene Nolt, who works at Kings Quick Stop in Landis, sees firsthand how the economy has affected her regular customers.
Nolt said when companies began layoffs she thought, “Why can’t there be a day where residents can sell some items, make a little money and help the schools?”
“I waited on my customers and watched people go from having a job to not having a job. I wanted to give back,” Nolt said.
The yard sale is from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Quick Stop is the sponsor for the event.
The money from space and table rentals and raffles is designated for the schools. The money made at each booth will go to the person running it.
Anything can be sold, with the exception of food and drinks. Nolt said those items have been donated and will help support the schools. Baked goods can be sold.
Spaces and tables are $5 each. If someone has their own table, they must still pay $5 to rent the space.
“After it’s over, each school will supply us with a list of needs. We will buy what we can for them,” Nolt said.
There are 60 spaces that have been rented and about 40 more available.
“It is not too late,” Nolt said. “They can show up Saturday at 6 a.m. and get a space.”
She has been planning this community event since mid-April. She attended the town board meeting in May to discuss her ideas. Alderman Roger Safrit threw his support behind Nolt’s idea.
Local businesses have also supported the yard sale by allowing people to park at their businesses or use their lots for booth space.
Parking and booth space will be available at Kings Quick Stop, the Bank of the Carolinas, Kepley Realty, Parkdale Mill and Corriher-Lipe Middle School.
Quick Stop is also offering food such as breakfast items for sale.
Nolt said she wouldn’t have been able to do all of this without her co-workers and friends helping.