Greenbelt in 2012

A photo blog about Greenbelt, Maryland in its 75th anniversary year

Greenbelt Elementary School Yard Sale

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April 29

“The Greenbelt Elementary School Parent and Teacher Association is holding a yard sale on April 29th Sunday from 9am-noon on the grass in front of the library and the community center. We have toys, children’s items, clothes, household items and books. There is something for everyone! Stop by and pick up a gently used item, all funds will go directly towards technology at Greenbelt Elementary School! I look forward to seeing you there!” — Gretchen Schock’s email to the Greenbelters Yahoo Group.

Gretchen Schock has two sons in the Greenbelt Elementary School, and she is also a yoga teacher (see my visit to her yoga class here). For this sale, she collected items (many of them were stored in her car) and obtained a permit to use the Community Center lawn. Here, at 8:35 am, she is setting up.

Gretchen Schock’s mother Jackie Schoch helps out at the yard sale.

Lauren Cummings carries a box from the car.

Cummings drapes an American flag on a sewing desk.

Jackie Schoch unpacks a box full of sewing patterns. She says that she used these to make dresses for her daughter Gretchen when she was younger.

Gretchen Schock writes down prices for books: “Hardcover 50 cents; paperback 25 cents.”

Schock with her waist apron

The first shoppers arrive a few minutes before 9 am.

Schock explains that these pink paper lanterns should be perfect for a girl’s room.

Trying on roller skates

The family is ready to leave, but she (on the right) pleads her mother for the roller skates.

Her mother relents and she is going home with a pair of Chicago QuadRunner Cruiser roller skates—“Cruise the Pavement”—for five dollars.

One can fill a grocery bag of clothes for five dollars.

More people soon show up.

Sewing patterns by Butterick, Simplicity, McCall’s, Kwik and others

William Wegman’s photo book “Puppies”

The lanterns are sold, a set for a dollar. Here, Schock takes out the wire expander which held the lantern open.

Plastic apples, 25 cents each

“Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Civil Rights Struggle,” with photos by Bob Adelman

Cummings helps a buyer taking her purchases to the car.

Gretchen Schock tells me that proceeds from this yard sale will go to technology purchases at Greenbelt Elementary School. In particular they would like to get a SMART Board interactive whiteboard for the school.


Written by eric

April 30, 2012 at 4:00 am

Posted in Sale, School

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  1. Thanks to the efforts of Gretchen and her crew for organizing this event! (and Mother Nature for the sunshine!)

    Karen Yoho

    May 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

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