Oak Creek to hold town yard sale

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— Last year, Oak Creek resident Janette Manke walked around her neighborhood on Sharp Avenue and got to know her neighbors better.

But that wasn't the point.

The social opportunity provided by the annual Oak Creek townwide yard sale is just a fringe benefit. The goal is to attract buyers to residents' extra household wares using the power of numbers.

"If I lived in Steamboat, I wouldn't want to drive to Oak Creek for a yard sale," Manke said. "But with about 20 yard sales, that's a different story. It could be an all-day event."

Twenty-two households -- the most ever -- have signed up with the town to sell items for the community event to take place Saturday.

Because Manke has been remodeling her home, she has many items ready to sell, including windows, flooring, carpeting and cabinets.

Poet Morningstar, who lives on Willow Bend next to Decker Park, is selling so many things she already has started moving the items into her yard. The social aspect builds for her every day as neighbors drop by to add items to her yard sale.

Morningstar said her neighbors didn't have enough sellable items to host individual sales but together had enough to crowd her yard.

"I'm the one people will want to come to first," Morningstar said. "I'm loaded with stuff."

Morningstar will be selling clothes for all ages, toys, books, a refrigerator, microwave, vacuum, end tables and antiques, such as a chest that was used to store records and a set of Queen Anne chairs.

"There will be 50 years worth of living in that yard," Morningstar said.

Vivian Johnson, court clerk for the town of Oak Creek, will be selling "all kinds of stuff" from her home, including a bed, dishes and patio furniture. She also sold items in last year's sale.

"I think it's a great thing," Johnson said. "Plus, we have Cleanup Day next week, so we can throw it away if we don't sell it."

Oak Creek Cleanup Day is scheduled for June 7. Residents will have the added convenience of extra trash bins and specialty receptacles for metal and recyclable items.

Oak Creek held a different type of cleanup day last Thursday, when volunteers from all over town pitched in to clean the creek flowing through town. Mayor Cargo Rodeman said the event was a success and wanted to thank all the volunteers.

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