ZILLAH — Harley Sadler’s 2-foot-tall orange porcelain cat was gone by 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
It sold for $2 in the parking lot of the Christian Worship Center — one of more than 70 yard sales that were part of the ninth annual Zillah Community Yard Sale.
Some of the yard sales in and around Zillah continue through today.
Along with the porcelain cat, Sadler had a number of other interesting items for sale, such as a 6-foot-wide trampoline that can float on water, a compound bow and a mini Foosball table.
“I always bring ... random things,” he said.
The church has participated in the communitywide event for several years. Some youth group members were selling items to raise money for summer camp.
Sadler, 20, of Zillah was trying to earn cash for mission training and an overseas trip through Youth With A Mission. He recently returned from a different trip with the organization.
A multitude of shoppers converged in Zillah for the yard sale, sponsored by Zillah Associated Clubs. The city grants yard sale permits for $5 for the weekend, and residents, churches and other groups host the individual sales.
On Saturday, tables stacked high with various clothing and kitchenware were set up in parking lots and front lawns. Chairs and other furniture were lined up in rows along the sides of buildings. Some sellers wanted to free up space in their homes, while others were looking to make extra money.
Connoisseurs of antiques came looking for vintage items. Parents came searching for bargains on children’s clothing. Philanthropists shopped as a way to donate. And some people simply browsed for items of interest.
Several yard sale hosts said that they started around 7 a.m.
By 10:30 a.m., several reported brisk sales.
“The refrigerator is already gone,” said Lisa Weilbacher, 47, of Zillah, who was selling furniture, kitchenware, clothing and other items at a home on Sixth Street.
She said she’s shopped at the community yard sale for years, but this was her first time as a seller.
“Can’t wait until next year. It’s a neat thing; I look forward to it every year,” Weilbacher said.
The school housed at the Christian Worship Center also sold items to add to its coffers. Principal Judy Wangemann said the academy — which has about 75 students in preschool through high school — raises about $1,000 through its yard sale.
“Since there are people out and about anyway, we’re just kind of tapping into the whole flow of the yard salers ... It’s a good way to connect with people and raise money,” added Wangemann, who also is the church’s youth group leader.
Elsewhere, Jennifer and Scott Kallenberger had sold about five tables’ worth of goods by 11:15 a.m. Jennifer Kallenberger said every year one loyal customer — a mom with daughters — shows up early at their Northstone Parkway home to load up on their daughter’s used clothing.
A stream of shoppers stayed on the hunt throughout the day.
Lorene Clark, 34, of Toppenish said she’s come regularly with family and friends because it’s fun and there are good deals.
Lillie Lidke and her husband searched Saturday for good prices on clothing for their nine grandchildren and also for antiques to enhance their collection.
“I think it’s neat that the community comes together and does something like this,” said Lidke, 61, of Yakima. “It brings a lot of people out.”
• A map of locations for the Zillah Community Yard Sale can be found on the city of Zillah’s website, www.cityofzillah.us.
• Reporter Lauren Baker, a sophomore at Riverside Christian School in Terrace Heights, and photographer Bianca Daniel, a senior at Eisenhower High School, participated in the 2013 Valley Workshop: Stories in Your Backyard at the Yakima Herald-Republic on Friday and Saturday.