This marvelous little ad was found by an original resident of the Timbercrest subdivision in Schaumburg. A friend saw the value in it and passed it on to me for posterity’s sake.  And what a neat little find it is.

The coupon was obviously a promotional item celebrating the great Timbercrest/Woods garage sale that has been a yearly occurrence since 1970.  In the first years, the sale was held in May.   In a May 17, 1972 issue of the Daily Herald, it was mentioned that around 30 out of 365 homes joined the event in 1971.  A week later in the May 23, 1972 issue of the Daily Herald, it was reported that around 40 homes had items for sale that year.  Today, according to Rich Gerber, the organizer, there are between 100 and 160 homes that participate and the sale is now held the first week of June.

For many years, the sale was held only on Saturday and Sunday.   In 2009, organizers added Friday to the mix and it’s been that way ever since.  As a result, around 5000 people annually weave their way through the streets looking for new treasures.

Resident Carol Johnson ran the sale for nearly 30 years and when she stepped down in 2003, the annual event nearly ended.  Jerry Thompson stepped in and took her place through 2006.  Since 2007 the huge sale has been coordinated by Rich Gerber, another resident.  His website provides information for this year’s sale.  You can get to it HERE.

The Timbercrest and The Woods subdivisions are reachable on Schaumburg Road, west of Town Square at Branchwood and Hilltop Drive.  They are also reachable on Roselle Road, south of the Town Square Condominiums, at Beech Drive.

And the Pizza Amore angle?  I was told that judging by the writing on the back of the ad, the coupon must have been used in 1985 or 1986.  Checking into an online perpetual calendar, I was able to determine that the dates June 9 and 10 were a Saturday and Sunday in 1984–which fits perfectly for Pizza Amore’s  run in the original Town Square Shopping Center.  They were in that location from 1983 to 1986.  As the contributor said, “My friends and I ate many slices of pizza at Pizza Amore in the 80s!”

Maybe you bought or sold treasures at the Timbercrest Garage Sale?  Or took advantage of that coupon?  If so, pass on the details.  Everyone loves to hear about a great garage sale find!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarain
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. Fred Luft Says:

    I love local history.

    • jrozek Says:

      I do too Fred. It’s all relevant and interesting and I never know what’s going to come across my desk!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

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