Evergreen Park garage sale attracts throngs
By Alison Nicol Correspondent May 11, 2013 5:32PM
Updated: June 13, 2013 7:31PM
The Evergreen Park Senior Citizens Council held its fifth annual Memories To Go Village Garage Sale on Saturday at Yukich Field at 89th Street and Kedzie Avenue.
The admission for vendors was $50 for a table under the canopy inside the ice rink and $35 for a table outside in the parking lot.
There were approximately 70 vendors who began to set up at 6:30 am according to Jim Nowicki, an employee with the Evergreen Park Public Works and Street Department.
Among the many items being sold were Beanie Babies, paperback books, furniture, VHS tapes, clothing, one-of-a-kind jewelry and used golf balls for 10 cents a piece.
Some of the more interesting items included two 5-foot-tall, red, coin-operated hot popcorn vending machines. The pair were snapped up for $60 by Terry Herr, a financial planner who specializes in people who work in the vending machine industry. Herr said he plans to keep one of them in his office so that he can serve hot popcorn to his clients, and the other in his basement.
“I plan to keep one in the basement, but I come from a very big family, so it might travel around a bit,” Herr said.
A few vendors posted signs advertising that they were raising funds for various causes. Elizabeth Cerrentano was helping to raise money for the Chicago Juniors Volleyball League. Cerrentanos’ table was hoping to raise funds for the South Side league to travel to the AAV National Championship in Orlando, Fla., June 22-26.
At another table, Zoe Kahn 18, and Elizabeth Morales, 17, were raising funds for the Evergreen Park Youth Commission at 3450 W. 97th St. The recreation center provides free after-school programs for children in grades five and up. The center has table tennis, air hockey, Xbox 360 and Wii games available.
One woman browsing at a jewelry display, Aileen Abaravitch, said this was her second year at the sale.
“I just love the idea of recycling, of someone using something instead of just throwing it away,” she said. “What do they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?”
Abaravitch picked out a beautiful necklace and said, “I do almost all of my shopping this way.”
Evergreen Park Senior Citizens Council and “Memories To Go” chairwoman Virginia Wrobel said that proceeds from vendors’ admission fees benefit the council and the Evergreen Park Village Food Pantry. Fees help provide seniors with mini-bus transportation to doctor appointments, shopping, and chorus and line dancing programs.