Two-and-a-half hours after the Sidewalk Sale began in the Bank of America parking lot Saturday, Marva Sutt had sold half the items she had.
Sutt said the sale was supposed to begin at 8 a.m., but there was a long line beginning at 7:30. Sutt is raising money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on March 30-31 at Mackle Park. She added that most of the items were donated by bank customers and some were from local businesses.
Hodgepodge and Hot Flashes in Fort Myers donated greenery, pictures and pillows and Interiors, Interiors, Interiors donated items as well.
Sutt also sold breakfast sandwiches with coffee and a hot dog, chips and a drink for lunch. Kretch's Restaurant donated all of the hot dogs for sale. Wanda Cutlip, an employee of Kretch's, was at the sale to help fill tables with more items when they emptied.
Doris and Ken Hofer and Sue and Mike Gibbons are friends of Sutt and came down from Fort Myers to support her. Jeri Jurewicz of Auto Craft helped set up beginning at 7 a.m.
"I think the (American) Cancer Society is a really good cause," said Sue Gibbons.
Virginia Carman from St. Clair, Mich., is here for the winter and said she likes to support the American Cancer Society.
"My husband (Richard) has had cancer three times," she said. "He's a miracle."
The items for sale included a microwave, chairs, Beanie Babies, clothing, pictures, books and lamps. Sutt said everything that wasn't sold was donated to the Bargain Basket.
Stephanie Ehlen sold Cancer Awareness Bracelets that she makes.
Ehlen started making the bracelets when she and husband Ed's 5-year-old son, Bryce, had cancer. Bryce purchased a Beanie Baby at the sale from Cindy McCue, executive director of the American Cancer Society, when she was working the cash box.
Mary Baron, past president of the American Cancer Society, attended to support Sutt.
Sutt's goal is to raise $10,000 this year. She will be having a car wash in Kretch's parking lot after the start of the new year. She said the restaurant is donating its space and water.
More than 200 customers had glanced at the tables in the first few hours, but Sutt was staying until about 2 p.m. and trying to sell as much as she could.
"If you see something and you want to make a deal - make a deal," Sutt told customers. "We're looking to get rid of it."
She also continues to sell hot dogs, chips and a drink and Cancer Awareness bracelets most Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the bank, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.