Cordelia Garage Sale ends quietly

By From page A3 | May 05, 2014

CORDELIA — A sleepy morning greeted bargain hunters Sunday at the 27th annual Cordelia Garage Sale.

Sara Hawreliak has been doing the garage sales since before her son was born in 2007.

“That year I was just not up to doing it but my dad was totally enthusiastic and wanted to set it all up,” she said.

About 100 residents in the Golden Hills area of Cordelia pull out just about anything you can imagine to sell, from books, beds and sheets to glasses and clothes. You name it and it’s probably somewhere on the streets to buy.

“The sale is always the first weekend of May no matter rain or shine,” Hawreliak said.

Ice creams trucks comb the neighborhoods some years with the ring, ring of the truck bell. One neighbor a few years ago had tamales and other delicacies foods for visitors. The mail man stopped by Saturday on his route looking for comic books.

“It’s a great way to be conscientious of what you have,” Hawreliak said. “The kids get involved, and they learn that it is important to give back to the community.”

Her neighbors Dennis and Dawn Velikonia have been doing the garage sale for 20 years. It has been a lot of fun and work for the two-day event.

“It’s nice having people out,” Dennis Velikonia said.

Representatives of the nonprofit Yippie Foundation drove by Saturday and offered to take any of their leftover things for their own upcoming sale.

Yippie is an acronym for Youth Initiating Professional Preparedness In Employment. The foundation works to provide students with job-readiness skills, mentoring, paid work experience and job placement. It operates Yippie Yogurt at 1955 W. Texas St.

“Usually we just take what is left to the dump, but not this year,” Dennis Velikonia said.

Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Nebraska.

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  • clancyMay 05, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Wish I had known about it would have gone.

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  • JBDragonMay 05, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    Ya, I didn't know about it myself. My brother whee he lives has one every year in his whole neighborhood. It's a big hit. Bunch better to have a planned one with a bunch of people and houses in one area. Cuts down of driving all over the place looking for one, or running into one. I didn't know this type of thing happened until a month ago. Wish it happened here in Fairfield. Once a year happening in differnt neighborhoods thoughout the year. A way to clear out junk and make a little money have have it better organized. Set date, time for a section of the city. Sellers and buyers can plan for it.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 05, 2014 - 12:22 pm

    Can you imagine going to a garage sale and finding a long lost Rembrant, Monet, Picasso, El Greco or Van Gogh? Or a fabrege egg or 1950 Fender telecaster? I couldn't knowingly defraud somebody like that.

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