Citywide garage sales attract shoppers in Hobart and Whiting

2013-05-18T20:29:00Z 2013-07-11T22:30:04Z Citywide garage sales attract shoppers in Hobart and WhitingDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

Hobart salon owner Nikki Miller switched gears Saturday transforming the outside of her shop into a yard sale business.

"I'm usually styling hair on Saturday but we decided to be part of the fun and sell our treasures," Miller said.

She and her friend, Mary Dorback, were deftly giving change to customers, most of whom were picking out baby clothes or baby equipment the two women had for sale in the front yard in the 800 block of 3rd Street.

Scooping up several items of girls' clothing was Angelina McDonald, of Crown Point, who is expecting twin girls in August.

"Baby clothes are hot," Miller said.

Miller was one of about 80 vendors who took part in the annual Trash or Treasure citywide garage sale in Hobart.

Similarly, in the Robertsdale/Whiting area, some 200 participants  took part in a citywide Garage Mahal sponsored by the Robertsdale/Whiting Chamber of Commerce.

Pam Ruiz, who lives in the 1400 block of Lake Ave., said she's lived in Whiting for a number of years.

This was the first year she signed up for the garage sale with hopes of selling her infant and children size clothing, books and toys.

"Whatever I don't sell I'll donate to a battered shelter for women. Someone can use it," Ruiz said. 

Jane Elias, who lives on Roberts Avenue, said she, her daughter and granddaughter had sold a number of items, including shoes and boxes of beads.

"It's also a great time to sit and visit with our neighbors," Midkiff said.

Elias and others on her street also had decorated their homes with American flags and red, white and blue bunting.

"We're all ready for the summer season," Elias said of the decorations.

A few hours before the close of the Whiting/Robertsdale garage sale, Kathy Midkiff was starting to pack up her items for sale including glassware, clothing and jewelry.

Midkiff said she had started putting items out on a table in front of her home on Roberts Avenue as early as 6:30 a.m. and saw other garage sale participants already out.

"They were really early birds," Midkiff said.



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