School Yard Sale benefits Michiana classrooms

GOSHEN A resale and consignment store in the Maple City is offering area educators classroom materials at a discount. With the continuous cuts to school budgets, more teachers are providing the essentials on their own dime.

That's why one teacher took it upon herself to help.

"School Yard Sale started as a dream for me," said Dee Conn, the owner. "I wanted a store locally, but I didn't want to get a business loan, I didn't want to go into debt. So when I came up with this model, I thought it really fit the community's ability to give and also to receive."

The store offers books for all ages, classroom supplies, decorations and more. School Yard Sale operates 90% from consignment and 10% from donations.

Conn opened her doors in early July, after debuting at First Fridays in downtown Goshen. The store is located inside a building with other consignment stores on Main Street. Conn says the interest level has been high.

"We had people coming in immediately," said Conn. "So I knew there was a need."

For more information, visit the School Yard Sale website.

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