Garage sales a rich tradition for Elmwood Park residents

Over the weekend, the McNeeley household hoped to sell a few items out of their garage and their 4-year-old son hoped to sell some lemonade.

The McNeeleys, who live on the 1800 block of 76th Avenue, are among the many residents in Elmwood Park who had a garage sale this past weekend as part of the village of Elmwood Park’s staggered garage sale system.

Since June, different parts of the village have had a designated weekend they’re allowed to have a garage sale after purchasing a permit and making a deposit with the village. On the weekend of Aug. 1, a portion of residents on the south side of the village were able to open up shop. The McNeeleys were among the families who took advantage of the opportunity, starting Friday.

Linette McNeeley said they had a lot of items they wanted to get rid of and decided a garage sale was a good way to do it.

“We have a lot of baby stuff,” she said.

The garage did indeed have baby clothing and several car seats, but also had an old Xbox game system and a DVD player. Her husband, Tom, said the digital surround sound receiver they want to sell can get really loud.

“It really puts out a lot,” he said.

Linette McNeeley said people looking for a good deal don’t have to go anywhere else.

“We have really good stuff that we no longer need,” she said. “Why go the store when you can come here and we have good prices?”

Meanwhile their son, Brendan, manned his small lemonade stand hoping the shoppers take a break for a cold drink.

Lori Marino, who lives on 1600 block of 76th Court, relaxed in a chair as people came into her garage to see what she has for sale. She’d already had a pretty good day.

“I sold a stove and I sold a dresser,” she said.

She also sold a wine refrigerator as well, and there were plenty of clothes, books and shoes that she hoped would be taken off her hands.

“I just wanted to make some extra money and I had some items I had to sell,” she said. “We just accumulate a lot of stuff.”

Her next-door neighbor, Sandra Saldana, was also having a garage at the same time. Marino didn’t mind.

“Actually, it’s good when you get with a neighbor,” she said. “It attracts more people.”

Saldana said most of the items she had for sale came out of her attic. Clothes, vases, books and other items were available for purchase in her garage.

“I grew up going to garage sales with my mother,” she said.

Now, most of the things she’s selling belonged to her mother. She has no attachment to them, she said, but she carries on her mother’s tradition and is into collecting antiques and quality items for herself.

“There’s something about finding a deal,” she said. “Most of the things I have in my house are of much better quality, because it’s made from a different era.”

After two more days of her garage sale, she hoped an empty garage at the end of the day.

“You have to get rid of these things or they’re going back into the house,” she said. “This stuff is not going back in the house.”

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