CORTLAND – Cortland resident Steve Aurand is already set up for Cortland’s community garage sale, and his next-door neighbor Jerry McMaster isn’t far behind.
McMaster said there is no competition between the two men, even though both of them will sell items such as furniture and chairs this weekend.
“I have a ball at it,” McMaster said. “It’s such hard work. I don’t think I could do it two weeks in a row. I wouldn’t want to do it two weeks in a row.”
Cortland will host its community garage sale and craft show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Some residents, including Aurand and McMaster, will also sell items at 8 a.m. today.
Maps, coffee, doughnuts and children’s activities will be available at welcome stations around town the days of the sale, and food vendors will sell food. Some vendors will donate proceeds to organizations such as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, said garage sale coordinator Donna Klemm.
Klemm has been organizing the event for about 13 years. She said the town’s garage sale attracts people from southern Illinois and even out-of-state.
There are more than 100 garage sales and 15 crafters or vendors, Klemm said.
“Every year, it has gotten bigger and bigger and bigger,” she said.
Aurand said three families will sell their items at his house, which is on the corner of Spruce Street and Pine Avenue in Cortland. He will sell birdhouses, bird-feeders and wind chimes. Some wind chimes will cost only 50 cents, he said.
Klemm said Aurand’s garage sale is one of the more popular ones in town.
“Whenever you put up a large display, if you drive by and see a table, you’re going to stop,” Aurand said. “You’re curious, and you stop.”
Once sales are over, sellers will be allowed to put any unwanted items on the roadside curb from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday for members of the public to pick up for free. After 8 p.m., residents are asked to bring the items back inside.
“It helps keep our town clean and helps us dispose those unwanted items,” Klemm said.
For more information on the Cortland garage sale, visit shawurl.com/151g.