The Camp Courageous Garage Sale opened on Monday for the season.

The first day usually produces a lot of buyers, but this year's opening made for a particularly large amount, as the flea market in New Location in Manchester.

The Camp Courageous Garage Sale began in the 1970s and moved steadily from location to location before the Norby family donated their building to the campus at 913 East Main Street. The camp's director, Charlie Becker, said they thought that was their eternal home – but after Norby had built a new shop on the western end of Manchester last fall, the family gave the camp another gift – their old shop in the street 1121 East Main.

The daughter of Norbys, Paula, says it's important for her mother to return to the camp.

With the donation from Norby, Camp Courageous Garage Sale now has more than four times. The volunteer Madeline Borette from Manchester says that they are grateful.

The garage sale in Manchester became the camp's largest fundraiser, earning around $ 100,000 each year. All proceeds go back to Camp Courageous, which serves thousands of special needs campers. Monticello's John Ely used to be one of those campers – now he spends his time helping with the Manchester flea market and supporting the camp that once helped him.

Ely and other volunteers were busy putting up shelves, tables and shelves of clothing, kitchen appliances, toys and antiques – and just about anything you can imagine. There are furniture displays with dining tables, chairs and sofas. There is even an old organ.

The organ was a pleasant surprise for Dr. Ken Burrows, who volunteers from time to time.

And it does … The music filled the store as shoppers like Heidi Huisman from Dyersville wandered the aisles.

Becker says support from customers and volunteers is making the camp's garage sale so successful.

The Manchester Chamber Ambassadors were also present to celebrate on Monday at 9 o'clock with a ribbon cutting ceremony. We will learn more about running the Camp Courageous Garage Sale, which will be coming to KMCH this week.

Photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker & Sarah Meyer / KMCH