The “early birds get their worms” is the way it works each year at the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s big garage and food sale.
“We were swamped in the first hour, with sale tables nearly picked clean,” reported spokesman Miles Okumura.
Within minutes of opening on June 23, the checkout lines became long. Some shoppers came to buy “wholesale,” as the event is known for its low prices and vast quantities of household, garden, electronic, literary and collectible items.
“The silent auction offering more than 100 collectible items was the center of attention, with collectibles from Japan and Asia, as well as art from local craftsmen. Roto-tillers, audio equipment and a one-of-a-kind vintage electric guitar highlighted the list of big ticket items sold,” said Okumura.
Satisfied customers included William Hardisty of Kukuihaele.
“I scored a six-foot blow-up pumpkin for my Halloween display, for just a dollar!” As for serious shopping, Hardisty was glad to have the winning bid in the silent auction for a Japanese tea set, though he was outbid on the rare 1965 guitar.
Janet Murakami of the temple’s Buddhist Women’s Association, had a big smile at the end of the sale: “It was a great success, thanks to our members who worked so hard preparing and setting up, all the people who donated items, as well as the community at large who come out every year to support us.”