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Historical group pleased with yard sale opening

McDonough resident Doris Brown straightens up her handmade pot holders at Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc.’s community yard sale Friday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

McDonough resident Doris Brown straightens up her handmade pot holders at Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc.’s community yard sale Friday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. volunteers Helen Adkins, from center, and Danielle Black help Stockbridge resident Randy Parsons find items at the group’s comunity yard sale Friday. The sale continues Saturday at Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

JONESBORO — Randy Parsons sorted through boxes of odds and ends at Stately Oaks Plantation on Friday in hopes of finding something interesting.

When he found something, anything, he liked at Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc.’s community yard sale, he tossed it into a box and kept looking. As they stood in the shade just off Lake Jodeco Road, Juddy’s Store storekeeper Danielle Black occasionally helped Parsons out and suggested items that he might like.

As he rummaged through a box of items, she pointed to a pair of small cast-iron dog faces on a table. Their their mouths were wide open so you could see through them.

“Have you seen our little bulldogs?” Black said.

“Yes ma’am, I have,” Parsons replied.

“And do you know what they are used for?” she asked.

“They’re bottle openers, aren’t they?” he said.

By noon, Parsons had a random collection of items, including lapel pins and what appeared to be holiday cards with turn of the century drawings on them.

“I just like buying stuff,” said Parsons, a resident of Stockbridge. “Look at these little American flag pins. I like giving pins away and these were 10 cents each. The prices just can’t be beat.”

Historical Jonesboro officials said their first day of the two-day yard sale went well, with a steady stream of customers coming by to see what they had throughout the morning.

“They’ve been continuously coming by, so we’ve been really pleased with the turnout,” said organizer Helen Adkins.

The turnout was so good, volunteers kept it going past its scheduled noon closing time and customers kept pouring in steadily. There was never a huge crowd, but just enough people for sellers and volunteers to address everyone who came to look at what was available for sale.

They had a plethora of items to buy, from small figurines, to old DVDs and video tapes, handmade quilts and pot holders.

“Do you have any silverware left?” said one woman from her car as she stopped by the sale.

“No, I think we sold all of the silverware already, but we have plenty of glassware and plates available for sale,” said Adkins.

“Oh, OK then,” said the woman before pulling into a parking spot to look around.

The yard sale will continue today from 8 a.m. until noon at Stately Oaks, 100 Carriage Lane in Jonesboro. Adkins said they will stay later again if there are still a lot of customers at the scheduled end.