Buyers flock to annual Monster of a Garage sale

Donovan Walker checks out items from a prime shopping perch on the back of his mother, Melissa Walker, on Saturday morning as she talks with a vendor during the Monster of a Garage Sale in the Oakley-Lindsay Center. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)
Posted: Mar. 23, 2013 6:27 pm Updated: Apr. 6, 2013 7:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

There was no place Erin Henderson of Quincy would rather have been at 6:45 a.m. Saturday.

Henderson, along with her daughter, son and nephew, were among those at the head of the line patiently waiting to see what deals were waiting for them on the other side of the Oakley-Lindsay Center's exhibition hall doors at the ninth Monster of a Garage Sale.

"We come every year and we walk out with handfuls," Henderson said.

The Monster sale offers shoppers like Henderson a unique opportunity. Saturday's event was the equivalent of 150 yard sales, all in one spot. There is no way one person could get to as many spots cruising around on a regular Saturday morning, but the more than 3,000 who made their way to this year's event got that chance -- and indoors to boot.

"There is something for everyone," said Dustin Hall, the multiplatform promotions manager at The Herald-Whig. "Vendors love it because it gives them more of a crowd than they would ever see if they had a sale at their home."

Some vendors used to be buyers.

Deanna Vannoy of Shelbyville, Mo., bought booth space for the first time this year after attending nearly every other Monster sale.

"I want to get rid of some of my stuff," Vannoy said.

Vannoy's area was much like many others set up Saturday. She had various knick-knacks, including Tupperware and glass items. She didn't have a goal in mind for how much money she wanted to make during the day.

"As much as I can," she said with a smile.

Before the doors swung open to the public at 7 a.m., Vannoy was like a lot of the other vendors who cruised through the hall to see what others had up for sale. It's a good thing those vendors got an early look, because once the clock struck 7, people filled the aisles looking for deals.

The line going into the Oakley-Linsday Center stretched back all the way to the Gardner Expressway by 7:15 a.m. The first 2,000 people through the doors received goodie bags filled with coupons and other offers.

Henderson's group, with Aleyah Henderson, 16, Jamie Coleman, 12, and Da'Savion Coleman, 11, had its eyes on some discounted computer games. They were hoping to come away with PlayStation 3 or Xbox video game system.

PlayStations and Xboxes were available for sale. Just about everything else imaginable was there, too. There were collectibles for sale, including G.I. Joe and Star Wars figures still in their original boxes. Model trucks and cars could be had. One booth featured plenty of vintage coins, while another had old comic books.

And the No. 1 reason most people go to yard sales is to buy clothes for their children. There were clothes for toddlers through adult available at a majority of the booths.

Terry and Marilyn Walden of Quincy set up a booth for the first time. They had a lot of antique items.

"It's just a hobby," Marilyn said. "We have fun."

Among the items in their booth were an edition of the Saturday Evening Post with late St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial on the cover. They had a huge antique megaphone they said used to be used at Quincy High School for sale at $25. They also had a unique stop sign stand that had a Coca-Cola logo on it.

"If we sell this," Terry said of the $500 item, "we're going home."

This year's sale was sponsored by Sunset Home, U.S. 24 Gold, Vatterott College and Scottie's Fun Spot.