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Odds and ends for this week

Congratulations to the calendar gods at Peabody-Burns High School for having the foresight not to have scheduled the prom for this past Saturday night. Woo-hoo, way to go! And that will be my only comment on the recent weather.

I enjoyed working with Susie Schmidt and the Married Daughter a week or so ago, decorating the store windows at Mayesville Mercantile. I used to get a kick out of decorating windows way back in the old days when I worked for Jean Maples at Towne and Country Clothing and then again, when I worked at the Mercantile for Gary Jones. I understand there is a group of volunteers planning to gussy-up several of the windows downtown. I hope they ask me to join them again. The activity at the Mercantile scared-up a half a dozen or so customers, a couple of who even made purchases! And that is all I am going to say about having the front door of your retail business “open for business!”

Too bad about the Kansas Jayhawks — bummer! And that will be my one comment about March Madness.

Peabody Main Street is hoping to have an announcement of some significance in a week or so. I have been sworn to secrecy by the program director so that is probably about the only comment I can make about that. I would love to mess-up and tell you, but those things have a way of coming back to haunt me so I will try my best to keep still. But it won’t be easy. And that is the final word on this issue … for now.

Looking to the future, I want you all to know that the citywide garage sale will be May 2, hosted again by the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. That is NOT the final word on this event. Cleanup week, compliments of the city of Peabody, will be the following week. The theory behind this cooperation is that whatever you can’t sell at your garage sale can be hauled to the curb the following week and disappear from your life. For a fee of $10, the PGB will draw-up a map of garage sale locations (with your description of your merchandise), print it in all three of our county newspapers, provide you with one “official” garage sale sign, have free maps at garage sale sites, and advertise it in the Wichita Eagle. Every year there are as many freeloaders as paying participants … people who figure they will let you pay for the map and all advertising and they will just setup their stuff on the day of the sale because all those people will be in town. Every year I threaten to “never do this again” because of that bunch who doesn’t bother to pay the fee, but sponge off those of you who pay to get the crowds here.

Maybe this will be the last year for me to be the “citywide garage sale patsy” and those of you who do not pay can foot the entire bill on your own next year. And that really IS all I am going to say about that.

— Susan Marshall

Last modified April 2, 2009

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