Yard sale benefits teens, seniors

The Shuford YMCA's Sparkman Community Center became a bargain barn Friday and Saturday to raise money for community programming.
The Adrian L. Shuford Jr. YMCA in Conover held a two-day community yard sale and fundraiser, complete with drastically reduced prices on a wide range of donated items.  
"People have been so generous," said Nanci Gregory, the YMCA's senior center coordinator who organized the yard sale. "We have everything from clothes to pocketbooks, electronics and bedding. People are still bringing stuff in. It's been nuts."
The yard sale started at 8 a.m. Friday, but people were lined up for the event before the center opened.
"We had 10 people in line at 10 (minutes) until 8 (a.m.)," Gregory said.
More than $100 was raised for the center within 90 minutes of the yard sale's opening.
Proceeds from the event will benefit YMCA programs for seniors and teens.
The yard sale was held in the YMCA's Sparkman Community Center, which is where many programs for youth and seniors are held each week.
"This is meeting a need, and people are really excited about it," Gregory said. "Every space (in the community center) is programmed. It amazes me how busy we are down here."
Tommy and Nettie Houston, of Conover, browsed through piles of clothes to find new and gently used outfits for their grandchildren.
"We've got grandchildren of all sizes," Nettie said.
They found several dresses for toddlers, and Nettie said she regularly attends yard sales, like the one held at the Sparkman Community Center, to find inexpensive clothes for her grandchildren.
"We also have yard sales, too," she said.
The yard sale, however, wouldn't be possible without generous donations of clothes, electronics, furniture and other items.
Patsy Fox, of Conover, brought Christmas decorations to donate to the Sparkman Community Center.
"I wanted to get rid of the stuff, and my children didn't want it," Fox said. "So I just wanted to donate it to a good cause."
Some of the decorations will be sold in the yard sale, while other decorations will be used to make the Sparkman Community Center look festive during the holiday season.
"I can't wait to come down here and see what it looks like decorated," Fox said.
Gregory started planning the yard sale about eight weeks ago, and she wants to make the event a regular fundraiser for the YMCA.
The event is scheduled to continue Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. The Sparkman Community Center holds classes and gatherings for seniors and youth, including card games, a quilting group, video games and line dancing.
For more information about programming at the Sparkman Community Center, contact Gregory at (828) 468-3068.