BURNET — Remembering a cuckoo clock she bought for $15 at a garage sale years ago explains Cindy Lamb’s affection for the Burnet citywide garage sale.
The event, which is co-sponsored by the Burnet Association of Business Merchants and the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2 at the Burnet courthouse square. The cost for a 10-by-20 spot is $25 and then $15 for each one after. But if folks want to have a sale at their home, they can pay $5 to have their address printed on a map that will be available to attendees.
There are still remaining spots on the square.
Lamb, who is the vice president of the merchants association and an event organizer, said she found that cuckoo clock in pieces in a box and took it to someone who repairs them.
Turns out, it was a Black Forest Cuckoo Clock from Germany that is worth hundreds of dollars.
“(The seller) had it hanging in his house,” Lamb said. “He wanted to keep it. You don’t know what you’re going to find. I’m not a purist as far as antiques go. If I like it, I’ll buy it. It can be valuable to me.”
Lamb said dealers come from Killeen, Copperas Cove and the Austin area will be at the event to sell to as many as 1,500 buyers.
“Anytime you have a citywide garage sale, people are going to drive 10, 20, 30 miles or more,” she said. “One of the reasons we have it on the square is you can spend all day there instead of driving around on country roads to garage sales.”
A soft deadline of April 25 to get a spot is set. Interested sellers can go to shopburnet.org or Lamb’s shop, All Mixed Up, at 123 E. Jackson to reserve a slot. Maps to locations not on the square will be available at the shop.