Lemonade loss: Family heirloom taken

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Nathan Hardin
A sidewalk lemonade enterprise turned sour last week when an antique chest being used as the sales stand disappeared from the family’s front yard.
The chest had been in the Barr family for more than 25 years. It was taken from their front lawn near Pine Tree Road on July 15, around 2:30 p.m.
The brown trunk was serving as the foundation for a lemonade stand and was removed while the Barrs’ children put the finishing touches on their 10-cent lemonade stand sign.
“It was the craziest thing,” Gwin Barr, the children’s mother said. “It had only been out there 20 minutes.”
According to Barr, the chest was placed near the street but was still in the grass of the Barrs’ yard. The vintage chest contained a lot of family dress-up clothes and had a large red circle with an S in the center on the side. It also had handles that had been cracked and worn through due to its age.
“The chest was given to us by my husband’s family when we got married 14 years ago,” explained Barr. “We just knew someone would bring it back once they saw it had our dress-up clothes in it.”
The Barrs are asking whoever removed the chest to please return it as soon as possible.
If you have any information about the missing chest, call 704-637-5910.