9th annual APAS yard sale


The Animal Protective Association of Socorro’s 9th Annual Mega Garage Sale is here at last.

Hundreds of people will find over an acre of valuable, gently used merchandise at reasonable prices.

A silent auction will be featured with an assortment of collectables, antiques, jewelry, furniture, boats, automobiles, travel trailers, art and other items.

“We’ve had good results and they have grown every year,” said Dorothy Brook, APAS treasurer. “Especially from donations from members.”

The sale starts at 8 a.m. for the early birds, and runs to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, at 901 Duggins Lane in Socorro.

“We have almost everything you can imagine,” Brook said. “We have a lot of nice garden items … a nice bicycle, a really, really nice storm door, it’s not one of these old flimsy things. There’s so many things out there.”

Winning bids on silent auction items will be announced at the end of the sale Sunday at 2 p.m. You don’t have to be present to win, said Nyleen Troxel-Stowe, an APAS volunteer and member.

People who have placed bids in the silent auction often check back during the two days of sales to see if they need to bid higher on the item they’re after, she said.

Some of the auction items include an old Craftsman table saw with several attachments, blades, and sanding and grinding discs, a dining-room set, a beaded medicine bag, and Acoma Pueblo pottery.

The yard sale offers hand tools, a living room cocktail bar, framed pictures, frames, dishes, skis, lawn equipment, luggage, patio furniture, books, lamps, ceramics, artwork, you name it.

Donations are still being accepted for the sale until Thursday, April 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 901 Duggins Lane.

One woman donated about three boxes of stuff because APAS helped her when she needed it, Brook said.

“We have some very loyal friends,” she said.

The organization will take just about anything that is in pretty good shape, but they don’t accept any old computers or clothes.

Last year, APAS raised $7,000, and the members hope to surpass that figure this year.

“The primary goal of APAS is to fund spay and neuter programs through the year, and for the animals who get adopted from the animal shelter,” said Troxel-Stowe.

The annual garage sale is the biggest fundraiser for the organization, and every penny raised goes to spay and neuter through the year. It also helps in emergencies when an animal has been hurt and the shelter needs assistance.

“If the shelter doesn’t have money for leashes, collars or medicines through the year, they will put in a request,” Troxel-Stowe said. “APAS has funded that in the past.”

APAS also gives out coupons, usually in early spring, aimed at low income residents and senior citizens on fixed incomes, who need assistance to get their animal spayed or neutered.

“There is usually a copay that goes along with it that the owner will take care of,” Troxel-Stowe said.

The owner of the animal can pick the veterinarian of their choice, and APAS encourages them to get the animal’s shots at the same time, as well as a city license for the animal.

APAS supports the city of Socorro in its efforts to provide humane care, foster homes and adoption for homeless animals.

If you would like to donate for the sale or have any questions call Nyleen at 505-440-9588, Will at 575-418-5979 or Dorothy at 575-835-0259.

To learn more about the Animal Protective Association of Socorro, visit the website at www.socorroapas.org

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, 101 Plaza.


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