HARKNESS - Even if it's junk to you, Allison Arnold wants you to know it may be one person's treasure.
That's why Arnold has brought "Treasures from Your Trunk" back to the grounds of Harkness United Methodist Church for the second year in a row. The weekly event gives people the opportunity to essentially set up rummage sales from the trunks of their vehicles, turning new and used items into cold, hard cash - and have fun doing it at the same time.
"We wanted to do this again this year because we had so much fun last year," said Arnold. "We didn't make a ton of money, but we did make about a $100 or $200 [in vendor donations for the church] that we wouldn't have made if people hadn't come."
Even though the event brings people together with a common goal of selling, the end result of Treasures from Your Trunk is more than just making a little extra spending money.
"We've made friends and developed relationships. People have come and hung out and had a blast," said Arnold.
Sabrina Hamilton, Peru, didn't participate in Treasures from Your Trunk last year, but decided she'd give it a shot this time around. And, she's glad she did.
"The people here are wonderful, absolutely fantastic," she said. "They welcomed me with open arms. It was really nice."
Hamilton has created her own jewelry for several years, making necklaces and other hand-crafted pieces out of minerals and shells. She had always given them as gifts to friends and family, until her mother and mother-in-law suggested she try selling her creations.
"I figured, why not," she said.
That was the same attitude that brought Robert King, Morrisonville, to the church this year. King, a disabled veteran, learned how to make braided rugs out of fleece blankets while in the hospital, never thinking he'd one day make them as a hobby and sell them.
"When I came home, I started buying blankets and I'd take one and cut it into strips and braid three different blankets together," he said. "I've thought of it as a good hobby, especially in the winter months."
Only recently did he think of his hobby as being a potential money-maker.
"I heard about [Treasures from Your Trunk], so I thought I'd come over," said King, who added he gained a lot of attention for his blankets and other items he had for sale. "I'll have to come back and bring my wood carvings."
That's the kind of enthusiasm that gets Arnold excited about bringing back Treasures from Your Trunk.
"When we were asked if we should do it again this year, we felt that it can only get bigger and better," said Arnold. "We've already had more cars parked here this year than last year. We're hoping we build on this year after year."
Treasures from Your Trunk will continue at the church - on the corner of Harkness and Hallock Hill roads - Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The event will be held throughout the summer, rain or shine. Vendors are charged a $5 donation for space.
For more information, call 643-2817.