EARLY—Stagecoach Station Venues kicked off another season of events by drawing hundreds for Saturday’s community garage sale.
Intent on providing an opportunity for rural homeowner to unloaded some unwanted goods, hundreds filed through Stagecoach Station Venues, across from the Heartland Mall, with many rural homeowners walking away feeling their $25 booth fee was money well spent.
“I don’t have much left. We got here at about 7:30 a.m. It’s been a productive day and nice weather,” said Dina Mosley while trying to unload the last of her goods Saturday afternoon. “We had all of our tables full … We’ve sold a lot and now I’m giving stuff away for free. I made probably $150 and that ain’t bad.”
Saturday’s community garage sale was just the first of many planned events this spring and summer. In two weeks, Stagecoach Station will have its second annual April Stagecoach Market Days. Last year, more than 70 venders attend the two-day event and Pam Ribble, who co-owns the Stagecoach Stations with Nancy Gathright,, said she and Gathright learned much in their first outing and made a few changes for 2019.
“This will be our second April event and it’s kind of more of the same with the venders, the food venders and the live music,” Ribble said. “We have added free admission. We’re going to have some kids activities. We’re going to have a wagon ride and a pony-lead barrel race. A kids will be able to get on a pony, lead by a horseman or adult, and they get to go through a barrel race like they’re an adult, but they’re being lead through it.”
The Stagecoach Station property, located just north of the Heartland Mall, dates back to the 1800s and was once a livery and stagecoach stop, serving the Chidester mail route from Fort Worth to Yuma when the floodwaters made Pecan Bayou impassable. Completion of the southern transcontinental railroad in 1881 discontinued the Chidester route. Ribble said the next long-term project for Stagecoach Stations is restoring its more than 100-year-old stone horse stable.
“It’s awesome. We’re looking at something that was built in the late 1800s and to be able to utilize it and share it,” Ribble said. “We always have people who appreciate the historical value in something and being able to imagine what may have happened hundreds of years ago there and still be functional. We will sure up a few things with the rock, but we’re not going to change any outside features … It will definitely be something people can use and appreciate.”
With Stagecoach Stations slowly becoming a fixture of the community with its bi-annual market days and the returning Cowboy Gathering in July, Ribble said she is excited for the coming years and becoming increasingly ingrained in the Brown County community.
“We have found there is always something to do as far as improvements. We will continue to tweak things to realize the vision we have. We’re getting there and now we need to get the word out more about where we are, who we are and what we have to offer to the public.