SWOYERSVILLE — The scene at 488 Slocum St. was one of joyful chaos.
“Christopher!” a volunteer yelled. “Someone wants to take a box of belts.”
“Five dollars,” Christopher “Crazy Chris” Concert said. “Tell them it’s a ‘Crazy Chris Special’!”
That special was one of many Saturday at the third annual Crazy Chris Charity Yard Sale. The Swoyersville councilman and a team of volunteers sold boxes and piles of donated toys, dishware, electronics, clothes and more, with most items priced below $10.
“I think we have more shoes than Kmart,” he said.
All proceeds and donations, he said, go to Valley with a Heart Benefits, an organization of motorcyclists. The group raises money and awareness for the benefit of children suffering serious illnesses, its website says.
Concert said he donates to the charity because, as a member, he gets first-hand experience with the people his fundraising efforts help.
“The group of volunteers at Valley with a Heart are amazing,” he said.
Though the sale opened at 7 a.m., Concert said some shoppers couldn’t seem to wait that long.
“The first people showed up at quarter after five this morning, and I chased them away,” he said.
Within another hour or so, he said, more interested parties began turning up, opening a steady stream of bargain-hunters.
Liz Renner of Hanover Township said she visits the yard sale every year, and it’s an event her family looks forward to.
“I come with my list of who wants what,” she said, browsing a clothing rack.
With 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, she said she does plenty of shopping at Concert’s sale.
“Usually I go home with a lot, but nothing for me,” Renner said. “That’s how it goes.”
As one of Chris’s friends, Dotty Bell of Harveys Lake, said she tries to support all of Concert’s fundraising efforts. She said she comes to the yard sale every year, and on top of his “really reasonable” prices, Concert himself lends to the event’s allure.
“He has that kind of personality that attracts people,” she said. And as Concert bestowed another Crazy Chris Special she remarked, “There’s a lot of those.”
The first and second years of the annual yard sale raised $1,000 and $1,200, respectively, Concert said, and this year he hopes to surpass those amounts.
Since the sale began, he said, it has grown tremendously, spilling out of the long driveway and into the backyard this year for the first time. Because support for his event has been so overwhelming, he said he thinks he may have to find a new location next year.
The yard sale will open for a second day at 8 a.m. today.