Photo by Curt Yeomans
Clayton County Humane Society volunteers Lance Williams (left), and his son Landon, play with their dog, Cinnamon, outside two of the storage units that contain donated items for the animal adoption group’s annual garage sale fundraiser. Cinnamon was adopted 11 years ago from the group’s shelter.
A fear that donations for the Clayton County Humane Society’s Spring Treasures for PAWS Sale would be drastically down this year has been averted, and representatives from the group say they now need buyers.
It was reported in late March that the number of donations made for one of the animal adoption group’s biggest fundraisers was down by at least 50 percent this year. After that report came out, however, things quickly changed.
Gwen Lyles, the coordinator for the yard sale, said on Tuesday that so many donations have come in since then, that the group is now on par with its normal donation levels.
Three storage units are now filled to the roof with “thousands” of items that have been donated for the garage sale, she said.
“We’ve been working for the last two months to get everything collected, and priced and ready to be sold,” Lyles said. “Now, we need the people to come out and buy everything we’ve got.”
The sale is scheduled to take place Saturday, from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., in the parking lot at Jonesboro High School, located at 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd., in Jonesboro.
Lyles said the items on sale are slated to range in price from 50 cents, to approximately $100. She explained that the proceeds from this garage sale — along with a fall garage sale, and a quilt sale set to take place this summer — are used to help pay the operating expenses for the Humane Society’s shelter, in Jonesboro. Those expenses include veterinarian bills, utility bills for the shelter, and to pay its small staff.
“We couldn’t keep our doors open without the money we raise from these fundraisers,” Lyles said.
The donations made for this spring’s yard sale run nearly a full gamut of items, including: antique furniture, paintings, “vintage” jewelry, floral arrangements, electronics, glassware, and toys. A donation of six Tignanello and Kathy Van Zeeland purses, which could cost more than $100 at department stores, will be sold at the garage sale for only $15, Lyles said.
“We have pretty much everything you can think of,” she said.
Lyles added that the Clayton County Humane Society will host a workshop on identification microchips for pets during the garage sale, but she added that space will be limited to only 25 people. Participants will each get one microchip (they were only able to get 25 chips, though) for $20, and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
If it rains on Saturday, May 12 has been set up for the garage sale. Call (770)471-9436 for more information.