Ethan Muniz of River Grove decided to participate in the Kids Outdoor Garage Sale to earn some extra money.
"I wanted to make money to buy stuff," he said. "I want to buy a new toy car."
Muniz and seven other participants also sold books, clothes, games and more at the garage sale on June 25. The sale was in the River Grove Recreation Center parking lot. Each family had to pay $5 to have a stand at the garage sale. All of the items sold were for the kids' personal profit.
Recreational director Jess Wyda felt that the annual garage sale teaches the kids how to work hard no matter what the conditions.
"Everyone seemed to have a good time besides [being hot]," Wyda said.
Muniz did not let the hot conditions discourage him. He decided to turn lemons into lemonade — creating his own lemonade sign and selling his own homemade lemonade. He also sold a bike trailer, a Lego table, a desk, a mini kitchen and a picnic table.
"This teaches him to be a little more independent and sociable," said Muniz's mother, Edna Muniz. "He's attracting the customers and reaping the rewards in doing so."
Paula Czajkowski of River Grove collaborated with her 14-year-old son to sell items at the garage sale.
"We just like doing it," she said. "It helps us get rid of stuff in the house."
"We usually have a pretty good run," she said.
Maryann Pisano is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.