The SPBH citywide garage sale will be all across Liberal Saturday, and there is still time for those wanting to sell their items to get on board. Courtesy photo
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Saturdays in Liberal are well-known for one local pastime, and this coming weekend will be no different with the exception of one small twist – this time it’s communitywide.
For the second year in a row – for one day, the club known as the Society for the Prevention of Bored Housewives will be known by another name – the Society for Promoting Bargain Hunting – as the club hosts its second annual citywide garage sale.
SPBH’s Ada Linenbroker said unlike the first year, the club will pay for the advertising of any garage sale happening anywhere across Liberal as part of the event.
“We’re not charging anything,” she said. “Any business, any non-profit group, anybody that wants to have a sale, a rummage sale, a garage sale, a clearance sale, I don’t care what they want to do. If they’ll just get a hold of us, we’ll list them on the map and get them listed in the deal. This is a community thing we’re doing – trying to get this built up.”
Linenbroker said those wishing to participate can e-mail information to
. This is just one way to become involved with Saturday’s event.
“They can send the information to me there, or they can call me at home,” she said. “I’ve already got a couple of businesses, and we’ve got a church so far. I’ve got nine people, I think, so far that have called. We’re just putting it together.”
Linenbroker can be reached by phone at 629-0497, and information can also be sent to 610 S. Oklahoma in Liberal.
“Anybody in town that wants to get involved with it, that’s what we want to do,” she said. “I’m going to call some of my friends that have restaurants and see if we can get some specials going on at some of them.”
Linenbroker said the citywide garage sale is quite similar to other events such as Meade’s Trash and Treasure Day.
“We just want to get something going,” she said. “I love to go out of town and go over there and see what they’ve got. It’s just a way for people from out of town to come to Liberal, spend the day garage selling and checking out bargains.”
The second installment of SPBH’s citywide garage sale will start at 8 a.m. Saturday with sales wrapping up around 4 p.m. Linenbroker said the information submitted for a sale should include a short description of what will be sold. This info will be listed on a city map and list the address and info.
“The map will come out in the paper with all the locations,” she said. “The people that come in during the week to pay to get their ads, we can go ahead and put those in and add them on for free. It’s free. We’re just trying to get it built up so it becomes a yearly event.”
Linenbroker said the first citywide garage sale in 2010 went well, and while she participated in last year’s event, she is not planning to do so because she plans to get in on the buying herself.
“I want to go to the garage sales,” she said. “I had a big garage sale last year and had three different families come over and set up with me. We had a really good turnout all day long.”
In addition to advertising the event in the paper, Linenbroker said she will be doing some other promotion work as well.
“I’m going to get some flyers put out at National Beef so they know,” she said. “One of the locations I think we’re going to list is Milhon’s. Linda is in the club, and she’s going to have a garage sale down there in front of Milhon’s. We may have that as our location for people that are coming in from out of town and they don’t have a map. They can stop there and pick one up.”
Along with the flyers, Linenbroker said SPBH members will distribute maps at National Beef.
“There’s a lot of those people who love to go garage selling,” she said.
Linenbroker said the citywide garage sale is another event created for the community. She said last year, SPBH charged $5 for a listing on the map, but she believes having the club pay for everything may attract more people to get involved.
“I told the girls this year, ‘Let’s just do this, not charge, and that way, we can get as many people as we can,’” she said. “We want everybody to be involved. Some people, $5 is enough to make them think. Anybody that wants to be in it can be in it. No charge. It’s just something we’re doing to help the community. We’re not really getting any benefits out of it other than some of the girls are going to be having garage sales. It’s just for the fun of the community. That’s all it amounts to.”
Linenbroker said people listing big ticket items, such as lawn mowers, boats, motorcycles, cars, furniture or washers and dryers with their info will be useful, and groups can even have bake sales in order to raise money for non-profits. And all of these will be listed for free.
“It’s anybody in the community is invited to be involved in the deal,” she said. “It’s one big free day for everybody, and we’re going to pay for the promotion and the advertising.”
Linenbroker said the citywide garage sale is a fun day put on by SPBH,
“We’re just using the money from the craft show to pay for the advertising to get it going,” she said. “I would’ve loved to had more people last year, but the first year is always hard. I thought we had a good amount of people that turned out.”
Linenbroker said Meade’s Trash and Treasure Day brings in about 20 to 30 garage sales each year, and she said she hopes Liberal’s day will bring in around 100, numbers comparable to other communities.
“Haysville, a little town south of Wichita, has a citywide garage sale, and they have 100 garage sales,” she said. “They have people who pull up at the end of the streets, and they get out with their little wagons and go up and down the streets, and not driving up and down, to all the different sales. It’s a family day.”