QUINCY -- The garage sale season will start coming to an end when The Herald-Whig hosts the fall edition of the Monster of a Garage Sale next Saturday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., but serious shoppers can buy a $5 VIP pass at the door that allows them to enter the sales floor at 7 a.m. -- an hour before the sale opens to the public.
General admission starts at 8 a.m. and will cost $3. However, patrons can reduce the entry fee by using a $1-off coupon that will appear in the daily Herald-Whig this week.
The Herald-Whig started offering the Monster of a Garage Sale in spring 2007 and was an immediate hit. This is now the sixth year for the fall event.
Nathan Halfpap, marketing manager for The Herald-Whig, said the Monster of a Garage Sale continues to be popular with many people because it offers bargain hunters a chance to visit numerous garage sales "all under one roof" in a single convenient location.
"You'll find a little bit of everything -- from gently worn clothing and collectibles to toys and home decor, all the way to furniture," he said. "People come because they find great gently used items at a fraction of the regular cost."
The Monster of a Garage Sale will feature a new twist this fall. In addition to all of the regular garage sale items to be featured in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, a "sportsman's auction" will be conducted simultaneously in the OLC's cavernous convention hall by Will Sullivan Auction Co., which is the event's presenting sponsor. Other sponsors are Practical Tactical Plus, County Market and Going Bonkers.
The sportsman's auction will take place starting at 9 a.m. and will be subject to the same admission prices as the garage sale. Will Sullivan, who runs the Carthage-based auction business, said the auction will feature more than 400 firearms along with various military items. Patrons will be able to bid in person or online.
More information about the auction and its available items can be found at the company's website willsullivanauction.com.
Sullivan said he's eager to hold his sportsman's auction in conjunction with the Monster of a Garage Sale.
"We just figured it was a good fit for both of us," he said. "It's basically going to be one big event."
Two fundraisers benefitting the Salvation Army will be held during Saturday's activities. Halfpap said The Herald-Whig will offer a 55-inch TV as a door prize. To enter the drawing, participants much donate a nonperishable food item that County Market, in turn, will present to the Salvation Army to help kick off its annual Fall Harvest Food Drive.
Meanwhile, Sullivan said his auction company will be selling $5 chances to win a Henry 410 shotgun, with all proceeds from ticket sales to be donated to the Salvation Army.
A concession stand offering food and drinks will be available during Saturday's event.
Halfpap said people interested in selling garage sale items can still rent a 10-by-10-foot booth space for $35. Spaces can be reserved by calling The Herald-Whig's Classified Department at 217-222-7600.