CLEAR FORK VALLEY — Wonderlands are being created in several rooms at the Butler and Bellville elementary schools.
“Garage sales,” though done inside buildings, are being held so adults and kids can come in and gaze at all kinds of items, from tennis rackets and balls to paper ware, books, items for learning.
The garage sales are going on today and tomorrow at both elementary buildings. In Bellville the sale is in the gymnasium. In Butler it will be in the cafeteria.
People attending can pick up items, maybe an exercise mat for someone ambitious, and simply part with any amount of money.
Tammy Craft, an administrative assistant at the Bellville school, said people can offer any amount for these unwanted objects.
Some of the books have been marked as “withdrawn,” meaning they are probably a bit too worn for use in a library.
Some of the books are a little bit more on the adult side.
A paperback copy of “Stranger in a strange land” was in a pile of books.
That work has been around since 1961, and is about adventures of a person from another planet, who arrives on earth.
A large number of chairs — all in very small sizes — are available. Samples are displayed in the rooms, with a note attached which tells the number of chairs available.
There are bean bag chairs, tree stands, two pianos, two trampolines, baskets, videos.
In Butler, items contributed by the middle and high school are available. So there are more digital items in that location.
Also, musical instruments are there.
The books come in a wide variety. Some are good little works for younger kids. Others are sophisticated, like a kids’ thesaurus.
There is a glass jar of rulers, flip charts, large illustrated teaching books.
Rachel Langer visited the Bellville site Tuesday, looking for books for her kids. Her daughter, Allison, 4, found a trampoline pretty appealing. Her son Zachery also was looking for items.
Craft said items not taken will be given away.
The garage sale has occurred every year in Butler. Craft said Bellville was added this year.
The amount taken in probably amounts to about $200, she said.