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Day: December 5, 2011

New business aims to be yard sale hub

You never know what you’ll find at Yard Sale Galore, be it a brass Buddha or an autographed Peyton Manning jersey. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

The owner’s of Keizer’s newest thrift shop want it to be the first stop for yard sale aficionados.

Our first hint was the name: Yard Sale Galore, which moved into their space on 3986 River Road N. earlier this fall.

Many aspects of the business are oriented towards the front lawn entrepreneur.

Each Thursday owners Larry and Gina Dankenbring plan to have Salem-Keizer yard sales available in a handy-dandy list for customers to take with them.

“People can come in, grab a list and while they’re there they can take a peek around and see what’s new,” Gina said.

Following that is Freebie Fridays, which is where – at least for now – eager deal-seekers can look through items the owners don’t think will sell, or aren’t in good enough condition to put on shelves.

“We don’t want to sell junk, so we’ll just give it away,” said Gina, who added she hopes that, as inventory grows and word spreads, folks in need can stop by on a referral basis and grab what they need.

Street Sale Saturdays are exactly what they sound like. Doors open two hours earlier than usual and free coffee is ready to go. The Dankenbrings hope it will be the first stop for yard sale aficionados each weekend.

“That’s when we really roll out the new inventory,” Gina added.

If you’re thinking of having a yard sale but don’t want the hassle – or you just finished one and want the leftovers gone – call up the store. They’ll stop by and make an offer.

“I want to buy stuff from people who want to get rid of stuff,” she said. “It’s a lot of work to have a yard sale but instead of just donating it or letting it sit around, we can actually send somebody out and make an offer.”

You might find a DVD player for a few bucks, or a Buddha sculpture that could be yours for a song. But there’s also higher-end items that come with a not-so-high-end price tag.

For example, autograph collectors could find a poster signed by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, or an Indianapolis Colts jersey autographed by Peyton Manning.. Perhaps you’d like a cymbal with Tommy Lee of Motley Crue’s John Hancock.

“You never know what you’re going to get – that’s the thing about it,” Gina said.

If you’re looking for something specific – one example is a man who buys broken motorcycles, but won’t pay more than $50 – they’ll be happy to put you on their wish list for when they go bargain hunting.

They plan to use the business to grow HelpMAS (Help Make A Smile), the charitable group they’ve started. HELPmas has provided Christmas gifts to some 200 families in the past two years, and also assists the homeless with gloves, sleeping bags and the like.

The couple lives in west Salem with their children, and operate several Christmas tree lots as well as Golden Grill Catering. They plan on selling Christmas trees on site during the season.

City says it will repay other taxing districts for urban renewal extension

Mayor Lore Christopher

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

The newest iteration of the city’s proposal to extend urban renewal district to pay down bond debt comes with a promise to fully repay other taxing districts.

The Keizer City Council took public testimony on the issue last week, but hasn’t yet made a decision. The city is in that position due to a developer’s apparent inability to pay some $800,000 and counting towards local improvement district assessments at Keizer Station.

New details of plans to reimburse overlapping jurisdictions for foregone revenue also emerged. The city needs agencies representing 75 percent of taxing revenue to sign off, meaning the Salem-Keizer School District is an essential player. It represents some 35 percent of revenue, and there’s no deal if the school district doesn’t sign off.

The city’s proposal calls for guaranteed payment of funds the school district could possibly lose as a result of the extension – some $134,058. This will occur over the next four years. All jurisdictions will be paid back with 4 percent interest once affected land is repossessed from or voluntarily conveyed by developer Chuck Sides. But the city has 10 years before that payment is due.

The proposal allows the city to hold onto the land until market values reach a level deemed optimal, said City Attorney Shannon Johnson, avoiding what he called a fire sale.

And Christopher sought to dispel any notion that Sides is receiving a bailout.

“That developer will pay back every dime he owes Keizer taxpayers,” Christopher said, adding that “creating jobs incurs risk and if we want it to be more than lip service, we have to incur risk.”

Part of the plan includes defunding the city’s River Road Renaissance program, created to revitalize the city’s urban core in a bid to help compete with Keizer Station. Matt Williams said the city would be making a mistake by removing some $1 million remaining in the program’s line item.

“I just don’t think we should send the wrong message to River Road businesses – that they’re not important enough to leave those funds there,” Williams said.

David Philbrick said allowing the urban renewal district to expire would allow more citizen control over the budgeting process.