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Belton hosts first garage sale of 2014

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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 4:30 am

BELTON — The Bell County Expo Center will be host it’s first City-Wide Garage Sale of the year this weekend.

The two-day event, which costs $4 for adults and is free for children 12 and younger, is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Rue Dwyer, producer and promoter of City-Wide Garage Sale, said the sale will feature about 60 vendors.

“There’s no new merchandise at this show,” Dwyer said. “This is all second-hand and vintage.”

Dwyer, who has been in the business since his mother started the company when he was 12 years old, said the vendors at the show will be selling “anything and everything” that you could find in a home or a business. The selection will range from home furnishings and architectural antiques to clothes and collectibles.

“We have vendors who will bring tables and chairs and other vendors who will bring unopened Star Wars figures,” Dwyer said. “Vendors will be traveling from as far away as San Antonio and Dallas for the show.”

Ines Brakebill, a Temple-based furniture vendor, will be among those selling their wares this weekend.

Brakebill, who has been in the resale business for 45 years, said “if you’re into this, you’re an addict. You work 24/7.”

She was introduced into buying and selling furniture by her father in Germany.”

“I first came to Temple in 1998 and I had a full-time job then,” Brakebill said. “It wasn’t until 2006 that I started (collecting) full time.”

She’s been going to shows in the Central Texas area for almost 20.

“Austin is very mid-century modern, which is 1950s to 1970s. Austin is very into Mad Men furniture,” Brakebill said. “Here in Temple it’s more traditional. You can sell everything from the 1700s on up until about the 1960s.”

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