Bement is having a citywide garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28-29. These events seem to be getting more popular, which makes a lot of sense: numerous sites instead of just one.
Petals & Porch Posts in downtown Bement will be part of the festivities. Stop in and visit with owner Kim Snyder, who will be featuring handmade willow garden accents.
Also that weekend, at 517 E. Bodman St., is a living estate sale. Teri Pfau, a well-known collector of primitives, and her husband are selling a major portion of their collections. His offerings are mostly what would be called a farming collection plus a large amount of bar or tavern items.
Their sale will be an extended event: 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information about this sale, call Pfau at 678-8253.
Hit the bricks
The city of Champaign is donating a few partial pallets of bricks to the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County.
These are materials left over from the city's sidewalk beautification project. Some are hexagon with interlocking side bricks; others are regular size with some decorative aspects.
They will be delivered June 14-15 to the PACA lot at Walnut and Washington streets.
PACA could use some help separating and putting the bricks on pallets, so if you do not have anything to do, come on around and help. None of these bricks are pavers.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.