Historical Jonesboro yard sale may address renovation issues

Residents can rent tables, sell items

Juddy’s Store storekeeper Danielle Black displays some framed crochet displays which will be sold this weekend at the Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. Community Yard Sale. (Special Photo)

Juddy’s Store storekeeper Danielle Black displays some framed crochet displays which will be sold this weekend at the Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. Community Yard Sale. (Special Photo)

JONESBORO — It’s a story told over and over again through television shows such as “Antiques Roadshow.”

An item, whether it be a tea pot, a painting or a vase, is made and sold to someone. That person holds onto it for awhile and it eventually passes into the hands of another person, either by purchasing it or inheriting it from the original owner.

Through the years, this item may change hands a few more times and it eventually finds itself sold at a yard or estate sale for a bargain price. A single item, which may have outlived its original owners and creators, sitting among other odds and ends on a table for people to pick over.

A tiny sticker with a low price is hastily stuck on a corner. The buyers have no clue whether it is worth 10 cents or $10 million. It’s all a mystery, like trying to shoot fish in a barrel.

That could be the story of several items which will be on sale this weekend at Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc.’s Community Yard Sale Fundraiser.

“There could be a hidden treasure since we’re opening it up to the community and people are bringing in their own items from home to sell,” said yard sale organizer Helen Adkins. “I have no idea what’s going to be there, but I hope people can find something they think is valuable.”

This will be the first time in several years that Historical Jonesboro has held a community yard sale. It is also one of the last major fundraisers planned for the year.

It will be held Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. until noon, in a parking lot adjacent to Stately Oaks Plantation at 100 Carriage Lane in Jonesboro.

The historical society will have several clearance sale items from its Juddy’s Store, including prints of locations around Jonesboro, mugs, flags, books on the county’s history and Fourth of July items, said Adkins. Additionally, members of the community are encouraged to reserve a table and sell any old items they would like to get rid of.

“It costs $10 to rent a space and all they have to bring is a table and whatever they have to sell,” said Adkins. “We have four or five people who have signed up already to sell personal items.”

Adkins said it is not too late for community members to sign up to rent a space at the yard sale. The last day to sign up will be Thursday and residents can call Stately Oaks at 770-473-0197 to get things set up.

Residents who have items to sell, but do not want to rent a table, can also donate those items to Historical Jonesboro to sell. Anyone interested in making a donation is asked to wait until Thursday to drop their items off, however, because Historical Jonesboro does not have the space to store the items for more than a day or two.

“Anyone who has a table gets to keep all of the money they make from the yard sale, but profits we make from the rental fees and whatever items we sell will go towards upkeep of our properties,” said Adkins.

There are a variety of upkeep projects Historical Jonesboro must take care of.

One project is replacing the roof on the 1869 jail, which now serves as a county museum. Water and animal damage over the years has led to the ceiling beginning to collapse in some rooms. Officials fear the damage is severe enough that it will take a major restoration of the building to keep it standing.

Other projects Adkins said the group needs to address. those include reinforcing the back porch on the Stately Oaks house, removing trees that threaten to fall on the property and covering heating bills for the winter months when the frequency of tours drops off.

“We really hope we’ll raise enough money through the yard sale to tackle some of these issues that we’re facing,” said Adkins.