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Betty Umland, a La Verne Heritage Foundation volunteer, collected $3 from La Verne resident Aungkana Katayama for a bag to fill with oranges from the park’s orchards at the Big Barn Sale on Saturday at Heritage Park. The Big Barn Sale benefitted the La Verne Heritage Foundation, which works to preserve historical locations throughout the city. / photo by Katherine Careaga

Veronica Sepulveda
Staff Writer

Discounts and deals drew a crowd at the semiannual Big Barn Sale on Saturday at Heritage Park.

The morning began with a line of eager “treasure hunters” waiting at the entrance of the event.

“People like this kind of stuff,” Kelly Miller, a first time vendor, said.

Miller was selling items such as movies, stuffed animals, pins, cell phone cases and much more.

“(Customers) are always are looking for outlets,” Miller said.

About 500 people made their way through the barn sale searching for treasures at prices that were unbeatable.

“I bought a (brand new) waffle iron for $10,” Mary Owen, a resident of Monrovia, said. “It’s Cuisinart and that’s not a cheap brand.”

The event was put on by the La Verne Heritage Foundation. Since 1985 the foundation has dedicated their time to preserving the Weber House, the oldest house in La Verne, as well as the 1 1/2 acre ranch it resides on.

“The foundation stands for preserving a slice of La Verne’s past,” Robin Molina, president of the La Verne Heritage Foundation, said.

“Our events bring awareness and fundraising to the foundation.”

The Heritage Foundation is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the park and Molina said all the proceeds help the foundation to do that.

This is the fourth year the Heritage Foundation has put on this event and it has been very successful in the past.

“It is also successful for the vendors,” Molina said.

With 22 booths participating, patrons were able to search through a variety of items, such as tools, electronics, movies, games, jewelry and clothes.

Many booths consisted of used items from the vendors themselves. Other booths consisted of products from the vendors who were starting their own businesses.

Baby Luv and Creations by Joy were two of the independent businesses selling their items.

Baby Luv was started by Joy Moldenhauer after her granddaughter Makaela was born.

Moldenhauer began to make headbands and clips for Makaela and as time went by she created a business for it. Makaela is now the model for all the photos taken to promote the business.

“Makaela is our inspiration,” Moldenhauer said.

This event brought together not only the community but the vendors as well.

“This is a great opportunity to make friends as well as sell things,” Rita Shorthill, a vendor, said.

Shorthill became friends with the vendor next to her, Victoria Belmontez.

“(The event) was really nice,” Will Canavan, a resident of La Verne, said.

“We have been coming for several years; it’s a good way to give back to the community.”

Molina said the Heritage Foundation will be working on making this an annual event.

The Big Barn Sale is run by volunteers from the La Verne Heritage Foundation.

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