Weekend Planner: Tagged, ready to bag

Weekend Planner: Tagged, ready to bag

The former County Market grocery store at 312 W. Kirby Ave., C, will be filled with merchandise and customers in an effort to help out homeless dogs, cats and other animals.

The building has been repurposed this weekend for the 34th annual Champaign County Humane Society Giant Garage Sale.

Last year's event raised about $67,000 for the care of the animals at the Humane Society, and organizers wouldn't mind topping that figure this year.

Here's more via staff writer Tim Mitchell:

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The building has been divided into different sections to feature merchandise ranging from books to electronics to children's toys.

"We have ample space and delightful means to display our wares, from plants in the former salad bar to DVDs and linens in the freezer," Humane Society Executive Director Mary Tiefenbrunn said.

Anything unusual?

"This year, there is an old exercise machine that requires you to put a rubber band around your body and vibrate," she said.

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The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, with a $3 bag sale running from 3 to 6 p.m. The event concludes Sunday with a giveaway of leftovers from 10 a.m. to noon, with a $1 admission. Don't expect to see any animals for adoption on site.

"Our regular facility in Urbana will be open as usual, so if you are inspired by the garage sale to adopt a pet, you still have that opportunity," she said.

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Tiefenbrunn said it takes between 130 and 150 volunteers to put together, run and take apart the garage sale. Last year, 132 volunteers contributed 4,847 hours during the sale.

She said her organization could use extra volunteers to help take down the garage sale after it closes on Sunday. They need to be out of the building by May 30, she said.

For information, call the Humane Society at 217-344-7297.