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Updated: 9:44 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 | Posted: 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Shop ’til You Drop at Hara Arena


Shop ’til You Drop at Hara Arena photo
Elizabeth Bennett (a member of the Red Hat Ladies organization), resident of Dayton, looks at a red hat for sale at Shop 'til You Drop, one of Dayton's largest indoor garage sales and flea markets at Hara Arena in January.

By Amelia Robinson

Staff Writer

In a way, Hara Arena’s Shop ’Til You Drop aids Cliff and Susan Shumaker’s marriage.

“My wife thinks I am a hoarder. I keep trying to convince her I am not,” Cliff Shumaker said with a laugh, noting that he’ll unload part of his stash at the event, dubbed “one of Dayton’s largest and most beloved indoor garage sales and flea markets.”

Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday,

Admission is $1.50.

Shumaker will be among the 170 vendors selling crafts, clothing, jewelry, artwork, lapidary, potpourri and collectibles at the Hara Complex, 1001 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood.

“I’ve got all kinds of stuff, mirrors to toys,” the 67-year-old Kettering resident said.

“(It’s) stuff you pick up and you use for a while and put in the closet and you forget about until someone wants to use the closet.”

Shumaker, who has attended Shop ‘til You Drop as a buyer and/or seller for about five years, said he found most of the items he’ll sell at flea markets or garage sales.

“Half the furniture in my house comes from sales,” he said, noting that his wife is a whiz at reupholstering.

She also transforms bowling balls — steals at about $1.50 at most garage sales — into art pieces using adornments like marbles and glass. There are about 25 in the couple’s garden.

New Lebanon resident Karen Edmundson hopes to break even at the event, earning enough money to pay for her buys.

A seller for 15 years, she has accumulated several small tables for the sale, the last of the year.

“It’s just been a table year. Everywhere you went, they had tables,” she said.

The 74-year-old said garage selling is a hobby that reminds her of the famed Buddy’s Carpet commercial.

“I don’t care about making money, I just l-o-v-e to sell carpet,” she said.

“You buy cheap and you sell cheap and have a great time.

“I have a lot of good friends that come, too, and not only the dealers but the customers.”

The event is expected to draw thousands.

CONTACT this reporter at (937) 225-2384 or

Shop ’Til You Drop flea market and indoor garage sale

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Hara Arena, 1001 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood

COST: $1.50 per person

MORE INFO: Visit or call (937) 278-4776. For booth space, call (937) 256-5051.

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