The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Outdoors

August 25, 2013

Cross column: Finally, a garage sale for guys

Garages are generally thought of as a man’s domain.

But garage sales? Not so much.

An exception might be the Sportsman’s Garage Sale that the Garden City Rod & Gun Club will be hosting 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Lake Crystal American Legion.

Forget about tables full of Little Tyke play centers, baby clothes or ceramic figures.

The dominant theme for this sale, which coincides with a city-wide rummage sale also being held in the community, will be man toys — hunting, fishing and camping gear, hand and power tools, just about anything outdoor-related.

“I’ve been running it past the club for the last couple of years,” said Dale Hudson, who hatched the idea of a man-cave oriented event as a fund-raising event for the organization with roots dating back to the 1940s. “This year, we thought it sounded like a good idea.”

“We’re a small club,” he said. “We don’t own any property, don’t have a gun range to maintain,” he said.

Instead, holding true to a mission of conservation, the group reinvests club funds in local wildlife and habitat projects through organizations like Blue Earth County Pheasants, Inc. and the local Ducks Unlimited Chapter.

The sale, Hudson explained, seemed to be a good way to raise funds for the club and allow sportsmen sell gear they no longer need.

The sale will be held in a way similar to area gun shows with sellers renting a 10-foot-by 10-foot area complete with an 8-foot table to display their goods at the indoor venue for $25.

Hudson said he is hoping for 25 tables and that about a dozen already have been claimed. “Then it will be free enterprise at its finest, between the buyer and seller, he said. “The seller will get to keep all of his profits.”

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