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Yard sale profits help suport 25 charitable organizations

February 22, 2014

By Eddie Fitzgerald, Sun Journal, New Bern, N.C.



Feb. 22--"You name it; we've got it."

Danny Gennantonio, 78, chairman of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus' annual yard sales, kept saying that Saturday morning as he rushed pass crowds wandering through the aisles; through one door to point out a room full of furniture; out the door, across the parking lot and into another room to point out antiques, framed pictures and clothes.

"We even have a library," he said, waving his hand toward the shelves of books being sold for 50 cents or $1 in a corner of a building. "We have everything you could want."

There were televisions, computers, sporting equipment, radios and records, even Girl Scouts cookies; and the list went on.

"Everything you can think of," Gennantonio said.

He would briefly pause to exchange a few words with one or two of the 80 volunteers that included 16 Marines from Cherry Point air station and then he was off again, weaving through the crowds like they weren't there. One volunteer tried to give him a cup of coffee, but he was just too busy.

Alice Woodruff was going at a much leisurely pace. She was outside looking over some glassware on a table. She said she decided to go to the Knights of Columbus' yard sale off of Pine Street on the last day because she was not able to get there Friday.

"There is still plenty but it is not as crowded as the first day," Woodruff said. "I've already taken a bag of tablecloths to the car. They were just what I was looking for. I couldn't afford to buy them at a regular price."

Woodruff said she attends all of the Knights of Columbus' yard sales and finds good bargains.

"I got some picture frames, soup bowls -- useful things that are really recyclable," she said. "I get some knickknacks but not too many. I'm getting to an age where I don't want to fill up my house."

Gennantonio popped into one of the two 40-foot containers where people were looking over assorted clothes and shoes on several tables.

"We have tables with anything you want on them," he said before rushing back to his sales station.

Ella Mallard of Greenville and Sharon Soltow were slowly walking back to their car after a successful shopping spree at the winter yard sale.

"I got a Beanie Baby and a beach bag," Mallard said.

Soltow was hauling a wire drain used for dishes full of clothes hangers.

"It's wonderful," she said. "They have prices marked to go. They have about everything you are looking for."

Frances Barry, a volunteer in the toy section in one of the buildings said both days of the sales were successful.

"I think everybody has been really happy today," she said. "You can't beat the prices."

Barry said some people came to the yard sale to pick up items cheaply so they could make baskets they then give to organizations and nursing homes.

"This is a good organization," Barry said. "The money goes to help so many people, and it's a win-win situation for people who need something but can't afford to buy it."

The Knights of Columbus had their first yard sale in New Bern in 1978 and it has grown to three a year, Gennantonio said.

All of the items are donated by citizens of New Bern, Craven and Pamlico counties. On Tuesdays, before the two-day yard sale 30 women worked to clean donated items, Gennantonio said.

Money generated through the winter yard sale goes to 25 organizations, including African Missions, the American Red Cross, Religious Community Services, Salvation Army, Wounded Warriors and the Senior Center.

Last year the Knight of Columbus gave away $56,000 from yard sales to different organizations, Gennantonio said.

Eddie Fitzgerald can be reached at 252-635-5675 or at eddie.fitzgerald@newbernsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @staffwriter3.

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