By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007
Register now to participate in the Jenks Garage Sale. Pictured is Cathie Meeker, owner of Hartly New Resale, who helped originate the event in 1992.
It’s officially springtime, and many Oklahomans have replaced their snow boots with flip flops. But with the new season comes spring cleaning, a dreaded task by most. Jenks residents, however, have no worries. The 15th Annual Jenks City-Wide Garage Sale is quickly approaching.
Jenks residents Phil and Cathie Meeker started the popular event 15 years ago after visiting a similar, smaller-scale garage sale nearby. The two are no strangers to consignment, as they own Hartley New Resale located at 385 E. Main St. The shop in Jenks, which celebrates its twentieth year of business this year, offers a wide assortment of gently used items from baby clothes to prom dresses.
The Meekers had no idea that their first Jenks City-Wide Garage Sale would escalate into such an anticipated, exciting event for residents of Jenks and surrounding areas. “People come in from all over: Arkansas, Kansas, every part of Oklahoma. It’s huge,” said Annette Bowles, Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s Community Marketing Director. Past City-Wide Garage Sales have featured over 120 individual homes.
Any residence, church or merchant located within the Jenks city limits can participate in this year’s Jenks City-Wide Garage Sale. Participant kits will be available for purchase Monday, April 2, through Wednesday, May2, at Scrapbook Creations, located at 103 E. Main St. Kits will be $10 for residences and $15 for retail businesses and churches and include signs, stickers for pricing, balloons and garage sale tips. Registered hosts will also be put on the official map of all garage sales. Anyone who has gone to past City-Wide Garage Sales knows that being on the map is the key to being discovered by eager shoppers.
Although this year’s event is being sponsored by BancFirst, all proceeds from kit sales will benefit the Jenks Lions Club and the Jenks Chamber Diplomats Club. Like last year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lions Club’s Annual Eyeglasses Drive. The organization will be able to provide eye exams and eyeglasses for up to 10 children in the Jenks city limits who are in need of eye care and are financially unable to afford it.
Everyone registered for the City-Wide Garage Sale by April 19 will be entered in a drawing for a $100 Reasors gift certificate. The drawing will take place April 19 at 5 p.m. at Banc First in Jenks. Hurry and get your registration in to win!
This year’s event will take place Saturday, May 5, beginning at 7 a.m. Although the sale is “on ‘til it’s gone,” the good stuff goes fast. Maps of all registered garage sale locations will be distributed the morning of the event at most Jenks-area convenience stores. Need caffeine to perk up your morning? Those who pick up their maps at local restaurant Bella Latte, located at 108 N. 1st St., will receive a complimentary cup of coffee.
Whether you’re a host, a shopper or both, the 15th Annual Jenks City-Wide Garage Sale is surely an event not to miss. “I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve lived all over,” Bowles mentioned. From clothes to used vehicles to furniture, May 5 will be an exciting day in Jenks.