Macomb Township youngsters work in business for a day at yard sale

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 30, 2021

 Drew Callahan, 2, inspects the inside of the car while brother Brady looks on. The car was for sale, and the Callahans thought they’d check it out.

Drew Callahan, 2, inspects the inside of the car while brother Brady looks on. The car was for sale, and the Callahans thought they’d check it out.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — For almost three hours, children had the chance to buy, sell and trade toys and games.

A kids-only yard sale was held July 20 in the parking lot of the Macomb Township Recreation Center. The event coincided with “Rosco’s Picnic Palooza.”

The sale was originally scheduled for July 13 but was pushed back a week due to weather concerns.

More than 20 children put on their vendor hat, setting up shop in the parking lot, hoping to earn some money.

Macomb Township Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda said prior to her working with the township 17 years ago, the sale was called “Too much junk in the trunk.”

Duda said the sale was a good chance for kids to clean out their closets, take the money to purchase some items to use the rest of the summer, and create a marketing display.

“The parents are really good at not micromanaging the kids and letting them do their thing,” she said.   

Tracy Berden and her daughter Adalyn Berden worked the sale.

“She’s selling all of her stuff to earn money for a dance solo,” Tracy Berden said. “We tried to bring some of the bigger items, to get rid of them. The deal was she had to declutter the play area.”

Adalyn Berden, who attends Ebeling Elementary in Macomb Township, said she wanted to get rid of all her dolls because she’s really focused on dance now.

“We go home with a lot less stuff, which is awesome,” said Tracy Berden when asked if previous sales had been a success. “We’re definitely willing to negotiate the price because I don’t want to have to bring it all home.”

She added that the sale teaches children to take care of their belongings and that they can earn money to save for their goals.

“Sometimes, I feel kids are handed stuff too much and that if they have to work for their money, that gives them a new aspect of ‘I really don’t want that $20 toy,’” Tracy Berden said.

Emmaline Rizek, 14, of Shelby Township, said she had a lot of old toys and wanted to sell them so other kids can have them.

“I think it’s a good opportunity for them to learn to talk to people, sell and maybe do some bartering,” Emmaline’s mom Julie Rizek, said. “Knowing that someone else may want their toys, it’s like recycling, instead of just throwing it in the trash. Someone else may have a good use for them. It’s a good opportunity to make a little extra money.”

Emmaline Rizek’s phone recently broke, so she said the sale could be a good chance to pay for a repair.

Sisters Alayna and Olivia Ambro, of Macomb Township, said at the end of the sale, they wanted to see no more toys and “money in my hands.”

Laura Ambro said her daughters cleaned out the toy room and will use the money they make to save up for bigger items.

She said the goal of the day was to get rid of everything, not bringing any toys back home.

The parks department’s next big event is Movie Under the Stars Aug. 6 at Macomb Corners Park. “Yes Day” will be shown.

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