Find your treasure from others’ trash


Tools, clocks, guitars, jewelry, antiques and crafts will be for sale at different booths.

There also will be baskets, pottery, reclaimed wood projects and used books.

Parking Lot Pickers offers these items and much more. The fourth annual event, organized by Seymour Main Street, is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Walnut Street and Robertson parking lots in downtown Seymour.

The community event gives people a chance to sell items and find bargains.

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“It’s the first of the season, and I think just getting out there and being around other people, some people’s trash might just be the thing you’re looking for,” said Gloria Cullison, co-chairwoman of the event with Missy Bane. Both are members of Seymour Main Street’s promotion committee.

Up to 50 spots are available, and as of noon Tuesday, 13 remained open. The fee is $25 per booth space, which is equal to two parking spaces. Sellers must furnish their own tables and chairs, and no electric hook-up will be available. Setup begins at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Reservations will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. Friday by calling Cullison at 812-522-4020 or emailing [email protected].

Vendors keep all of the money they earn, while their booth fees benefit Seymour Main Street, which strives to preserve and promote Seymour’s downtown historical district and conducts events, including the Lawn, Garden and Patio Show and Downtown Trick-or-Treat.

Residents from Jackson and surrounding counties will be among the vendors. Community organizations and Relay For Life teams also will be selling items to benefit their causes, and Peace Lutheran Church will sell food and offer restroom facilities.

New this year is individuals and bands playing music, and Cullison said a local radio station also may provide music.

Parking Lot Pickers started four years ago after Cullison learned about a similar event in Bloomington called Junk in the Trunk.

The event was set up for 30 vendors the first year, but Cullison said more expressed interest, so a few more were added. Now that two parking lots are used, 50 spots are available.

The first two years, it was conducted before Make Seymour Shine Week, so whatever people didn’t sell could be put out for the city to collect. Last year, it was conducted after that week, and the same goes for this year’s event.

Each year, Cullison emails the vendors after the event to receive their feedback.

“Most of them made at least $500, and that makes for a pretty good Saturday morning in my book,” she said.

“They just always say they like it and visiting with other people,” she said. “If you have a yard sale at your home and in your own garage, you get some people every once in a while, where we’re all in one spot, and it draws a bunch of people down there.”

By having the event a block from the downtown, it drives business to that area, too, Cullison said.

Attendance increases when the weather is nice, and it’s supposed to be sunny Saturday with temperatures in the 70s.

“Hopefully, it will be a little warmer this year,” Cullison said. “Hopefully, no wind and no rain, and I’ll be happy.”

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What: Fourth annual Parking Lot Pickers

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Walnut Street and Robertson parking lots in downtown Seymour

Who: Up to 50 vendors will sell a variety of items; food and live music also will be a part of the event

Cost: Free for attendees; $25 per booth space for vendors (each booth is equal to two parking spaces; deadline to reserve a space is 4:30 p.m. Friday)

Information: Call Gloria Cullison at 812-522-4020 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email [email protected]


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