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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • 'I love yard sales'

  • Virginia Taylor, of Gentry, Ark., and Sue Ames, of Noel, sorted through the tables full of bargains Saturday morning at the Neosho Christian School's yard sale during the annual Neosho City-Wide Garage Sale.
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  • Virginia Taylor, of Gentry, Ark., and Sue Ames, of Noel, sorted through the tables full of bargains Saturday morning at the Neosho Christian School's yard sale during the annual Neosho City-Wide Garage Sale.
    The event, known as Missouri's largest garage sale, celebrated its 25th year this weekend, with a two-day event.
    And while the city-wide sale has become a local tradition, shopping its sales has also become an annual tradition for Taylor and Ames.
    "[We've been coming] ever since it started," Ames said. "To get a bargain!"
    Taylor said she has found plenty of good deals in the past.
    "I love yard sales," Taylor said. "I've bought curtains before and bed spreads and blouses and purses, I go for the purses."
    "And I love bells, I collect them," Taylor added, as she looked at a white bell sitting among the sale items Saturday.
    While Taylor and Ames have made rummaging in Neosho a long-standing tradition, Savannah McNeese, of Nevada, and her mother and sister, are in the third year of their annual garage sale trips.
    "We come up here every year because we love the Neosho city-wide," McNeese said. "They have a great selection and a lot of good things up here. It's just a tradition for us."
    McNeese was browsing purses at Carrie Simonin's yard sale on Oak Ridge Drive Saturday morning, though she said the biggest bargain she looks for are clothes for her family.
    "I like to clothes shop for my boys or anybody else that I see something they might like," she said.
    While attending the sales has becoming an annual affair for several local and regional residents, holding the sales has also become a long-standing tradition for many Neosho residents.
    In their 11th or 12th year of holding a sale, Brad and Tracy Lett, have a prime location on Oak Ridge Drive, one of the hotspots of the annual city-wide sale.
    "We've been having it as long as we've lived here," Tracy Lett said. "It depends on what you have to sell, but I would say you could make anywhere from $500 to $1,000."
    Among their items up for sale on Saturday was one of the garage sale's more unique items, a pair of red stilts.
    Brad Lett said the stilts, which he had purchased for the Neosho Show Choir's Sugar and Spice performances, was listed for $125.
    The Letts said they had also sold a six-inch joiner and a refrigerator, among the clothes, CDs and other assorted items included in their garage sale.
    Down the road from the Letts' house, Simonin also had a yard full of bargain hunters Saturday.
    Her display of purses seemed to be a big attraction, though one of her best sellers was one of the sale's more uncommon items.
    Page 2 of 2 - " Anything sells," Simonin said. "I mean anything. The chicken crates are pretty interesting, I sold nine of those Friday."
    She said the two-day sale had brought a flood of people through on Friday, with some driving from as far as Kansas City and St. Louis.
    According to the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, it is estimated that approximately 8,000 people attend the event annually, while only about 20 percent of that crowd is local.
    More than 300 sales were expected to be held over the two-day event.

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