COPPERAS COVE — The temperature gauge hovered above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the sun took the morning off Saturday, but Cove’s citywide garage sale was still a success.
Vendors with hot dogs, clothing, toys, antiques, paintings and cosmetics braved the elements and were set up early. And it paid off, said Betty Price, president of the city’s chamber of commerce.
“There has been a steady stream of people since we opened this morning,” she said. “I’ve seen people leave with furniture and all sorts of trinkets. It has been a good turnout this year with 30 vendors, and well over 100 people have already been here (at 10 a.m.).”
Most of the items at the Copperas Cove Citizen’s Police Academy Association Alumni booth were donated by members, President Bob Oaks said.
“My wife and I have been members for 13 years and this is our second year out here. We come out to raise funds to help the Cove police department in whatever way we can,” Oaks said. “It’s a project of love and we enjoy helping out.”
Sharee Anderson, youth director at the Bountiful New Life Church of God and Christ, said she was glad for the high turnout because she is raising funds to take the congregation’s youth on trips this summer.
“We’d planned a garage sale here and didn’t even know it coincided with the city’s sale,” she said. “But it helps because the kids want to go to Six Flags and Austin, and I want to get them more involved in community events so they stay out of trouble.”
Several residents said even though multiple events were planned in the city, a stop at the garage sale was a must.
“I already picked a few decorative items for the office, including a lamp,” Price said. “This is a shopper’s treasure chest with so many vendors and items to choose from. You can’t go wrong.”