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Thrifty buys at annual garage sale

Greg Marshall, Of the Record staff

Consider it the ABC’s of bargain shopping.

The proceeds from one of Park City’s largest annual garage sales will help launch an all-day kindergarten next fall and fund ongoing preschool classes at the Shining Stars Cooperative School, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Park City Community Church.

"We’re hoping that because everyone is being thrifty, the garage sale will be appealing," said Jennifer Terry, who has organized the sale for three years. Profits may not total millions, but turning trash into treasure is a key component to the school’s bottom line. "It’s essential [the school] has this money," Terry continued. "There’s a huge need."

This year’s sale is scheduled for May 16 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Patrons can drop off donated items May 11-15 at Park City Community Church, 4501 North State Route 224, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Terry needs as many as 50 volunteers to help sort the typically impressive array of maternity and baby trinkets, toys, furniture, clothes and books. She asks that donors bundle, fold and clean items before giving them away. Volunteers may be asked to pick up larger items.

Donations are tax-deductible and, as importantly, provide motivation for early spring cleaning.

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In previous years, the garage sale has attracted hundreds of discount shoppers, so Terry recommends arriving early. Some, she knows, will come to the sale as early as 6:45 a.m. Early risers can enjoy coffee and pastries, donated by the Starbucks coffee shop. Terry plans to offer bargains in the afternoon to encourage people to buy. "I try to make everything a bargain price," Terry explained. "There are some really incredible deals."

Haley McDonald, a representative of Shining Stars, remembers selling a cappuccino machine, still in original packaging, at the garage sale in 2008. She later found out that the coffee-maker retailed for $1,000. New this year, patrons will be able to bid on high-quality items in a silent auction. "There are some items that are so incredible small fights break out," Terry explained.

The silent auction is a way to keep peace, and give shoppers a fair shot at the best merchandise, Terry said.

Small class sizes, parent involvement and an all-day curriculum will define the first kindergarten class at Shining Stars, McDonald said.

For the 15 students enrolled in kindergarten at the school, class will run from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. "It’s a small, tight-knit community," McDonald said. Preparations for the school began last year.

Contact Jennifer Terry at 658-0517 to donate or volunteer. To learn more about Shining Stars Cooperative School, call Haley McDonald at 579-0481.