Humane Society holds Buy Local yard sale

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

To help raise money for the animal shelter, the Sevier County Humane Society held its fourth annual Buy Local yard sale Saturday at the fairgrounds.

Sally Worden, president of the board of directors, said the first sale was organized when the economy took a nosedive. “A lot of people want to support us, but don’t have the funds to just write a check,” she said. “We price things reasonably so people can get a good deal if they see something they want.”

Volunteers were at the shelter all week accepting donated household items and tagging them. While the bulk of items for sale came from donations, community members also had the option of renting space to sell their wares.

On average, the sale makes approximately $3,000 for the shelter. Cheryl Morgan, special events coordinator, said the goal was year is $4,000.

“We’ve had several hundred [customers] come through, and at least 50 percent of what we had is gone,” Worden said.

Money raised will go toward various expenses, including the S.P.O.T. program (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today.) The shelter offers low-cost spaying and neutering to pet owners. “Our efforts our paying off. The number of animals we take in at the shelter is slowing down, and that’s what we want,” Worden said.

“We’re a full service shelter,” she added. “We don’t turn anyone away.”