Article as posted in the Brookshire Times-Tribune by Lillie Ruby, Staff Reporter
When we think of recycling, we may have visions of people picking up cans on the side of the road, or collecting newspapers and trucking them to the recycling centers. There are many ways to recycle and repurpose items though.
Twenty-four months ago a group of people had a dream. They believed that if they all pulled together recycling the goods they all had in their homes and whatever their neighbors donated, they could raise enough money to challenge a corporation.
Following on the heels of a neighboring county a corporation that attempted to siphon off Waller County resources. In this case, the beautiful, tranquility, idyllic and ranchero way of life that so many people have enjoyed for generations or moved to Waller County to find (and the quality of the aquifer) was at stack.
Determined to save a way of life for every Waller Countian, this visionary, yet small group of souls came together to formulate a solution to what could obviously amount to a large attorney fees, should they decide to attempt to slay Goliath (the landfill corporation).
The brain child Diana Tatum, the sale began in the back of her horse trailer in the Brookshire Brothers parking lot. Encouraged with the results, the CALH group eventually moved into their first store front in the Brookshire Brothers shopping center where their first sale netted about $8,000.
When they lost that space to another renter, the Swartz family in Hempstead stepped up and offered them space for the sale. When that space was rented, CALH was offered another space and the utilities by the Swartz’s, “Until it’s over.”
Diana Tatum says, “The word has gotten out and it’s gotten bigger and bigger. Today is our two year anniversary. We have a sale about every second Friday and Saturday of the month. Donations come in from everywhere. It takes about two weeks to get everything set up and we are being compared to boutiques in University Place in Houston,”
Those goods CALH sell have been seen in Roundtop and in those same Houston boutiques being resold and repurposed in household throughout Texas.
Ms Tatum add, “We have items that still have Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue tags on them. We have brand new boots for children at a good price. We like to think, some citizens of Waller County who might not otherwise be able to shop in those stores can benefit from what we sale here.”
The news of great shopping is spreading and visitors have come from as far as Colorado.
Donations include new creations from local artists and everything from hay bales to boats, even Balinese carvings. The white thumbs of local bakers fire up ovens before daylight because by 7 A.M. steaming loaves of bread arrive for the sale as well as individual packages of homemade cookies.
If you need something for your home whether it be furniture or a soup pot, boots or bangles, you cam find them. More Than a Garage Sale. All sales go to help offset attorney fees in the fight to keep Pintail landfill out of Waller County.
If you have any questions about our garage sales or have donations (and we will pick up heavy and large iteams), please contact us at StopHwy6Landfill@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!