David Wilson of Jackson sold items from his collection of wooden toys, jewelry boxes and statuettes during the Rex Community Spring Fling Yard Sale on Saturday. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)
REX — Children fanned out on the grass collecting the colorful treat-filled ovals, as their parents followed behind spotting potential finds.
Chris Michael helped his daughter, Leeann Michael, fill her basket with goodies she was happy to indulge Saturday.
The Easter egg hunt was part of activities during the Second Annual Rex Community Spring Fling Yard Sale presented by Historic Rex Mill Inc.’s Step-up Program.
The yard sale featured several vendors selling their wares and homemade crafts, toys, jewelry and gift baskets.
McDonough resident Carl Coleman learned some people have a need for what he cannot use. He said he and his wife purged many of the items they were not using to sell at the yard sale.
“We thrift shop and go to yard sales buying for the children and grandchildren,” said Coleman, peering over two tables worth of inventory.
He said business was steady and “better than I expected,” particularly during the early morning rush.
Sylvia Martin, a disabled veteran from Ellenwood, sold homemade Easter baskets and suits, toys and accessories she found around her home.
Janet Johnson lives in the Rex community and made a point of supporting the yard sale. She sold jewelry sets — bracelets, earrings and necklaces she made by hand.
She has been into the hobby for about a year and a half, finding her materials at area retailers and online. She sells the boxed sets for $10 to $13 each.
David Wilson of Jackson carves intricate wooden statuettes, jewelry boxes and clock bodies using a simple scroll saw.
Wilson’s booth brimmed with his creations. His toy model airplanes and Model T automobiles were painted with dark-colored varnish.
A two foot tall, five-blade windmill clock cut from blond wood took him about seven hours to make. It sat at the front of his booth table across from a small thinly-varnished crucifix he also took pains to carve.
Rex resident Alecia Taylor, 12, wants to be an entrepreneur. She manned a table of leggings as she contemplated business ideas to expand to online sales.
Madison Paige, a toddler from Stone Mountain, got a surprise treat on her visit with aunt Tori Holloway. She got a chance to hunt for Easter eggs.
“I’m enjoying it,” said Holloway, as she helped her niece search between the tall blades of grass.
Cub Scout Pack No. 115 Committee Chair Amy Kipp and Cub Master David Turner organized the Easter egg hunt.
They counted about 25 youngsters who made quick work of the egg hunt, uncovering most of the 400 plastic eggs filled with wrapped candies.
Turner said the egg hunt was the first the pack has hosted during Rex’s community yard sale event, which also served as an opportunity to recruit young people to the scouts.
Scout Pack No. 115 is about 15 cubs strong now, having recently graduated cubs up the scout ranks. The pack meets every Thursday, around 6:40 p.m. at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 3250 Mount Zion Road just north of Ga. 138 in Stockbridge. For more information about the scouts, call 770-358-2912.