Garage Sale proceeds support Project Prom

Theo Tate

Ethan Rakers hands out a map to a driver at the four-way stop in Montgomery City on April 17. THEO TATE PHOTO

Even the rainy and cloudy conditions didn’t stop numerous people around Montgomery City from having a yard sale.

A total of 36 residences held a yard sale as part of the town’s annual All Town Garage Sale, which returned on April 17 after a one-year hiatus. The event, which is sponsored by the Montgomery City Area Chamber of Commerce, was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Proceeds went to Montgomery County’s Project Prom, an all-night, chaperoned, drug and alcohol free event that was held on April 24 at the Renaud Center in O’Fallon.

“It’s a huge thing,” said Tammy Banks, who held a yard sale and a bake sale at the County Floors and More building at 104 W. Second Street. “People kind of save up stuff all year for it. It’s one time where you can advertise your yard sale for free and all of the maps get printed by My Office Plus. Then, the kids hand them out at the four-way and collect donations.”

Montgomery County students Ethan Rakers and Will Deering started handing out maps of the yard sale locations and collecting money from drivers at the four-way stop at 7 a.m. Rakers and Deering raised over $1,800 for their volunteer work.

Also, the yard sale and bake sale made a combined $1,100, which also went to Project Prom.

“It’s all about the kids,” said Banks, who is also the Project Prom coordinator. “It’s all their money.”

There were several Montgomery City residents who held two-day yard sales, including Linda Block. She said it took several days to prepare for the yard sale.

“I called it the whole COVID cleanup,” Block said. “After that, they all went to the basement. Then it took another day or two down and went down there and marked it. So I boxed it up. When Thursday night rolled around, the kids came home. We got tables and started carrying them up.”

Banks held her yard sale and bake sale at the County Floors and More building for the first time. She and her dad opened that business in 2013 before it closed six years later.

“This year, we decided to have it in my building just because the kids at the four-way always need help,” Banks said. “Every year, the All Town Yard Sale is on the same day they have ASEP testing. So we don’t have as many kids as we would like. So some parents do stand out there with the kids helping them out. It makes it much easier when you have a building right there at the four-way where you could help the kids and help inside the building when needed. That’s why we moved it this year. It worked out a lot better.”

Banks said she sold cupcakes, brownies and cookies at the bake sale, which started at 6:30 a.m.

“Those went really quick,” she said. “The bake sale was done by 10 a.m. It really went fast. I opened the door at 6:30 a.m. and had my first customer stand at the door waiting for me. I was more than happy to let her in.”



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