Carrie Rengers

Laid-off worker finds idea in garage sales

Unlike a typical laid-off worker who might hold a garage sale to make extra money, John David Burkholder is creating an entire company built around garage sales.

Burkholder lost his job as manager of content and strategic positioning with Preferred Health Systems in March.

He's doing a lot of Web consulting, but he wanted to find another part-time job.

His father-in-law, Les Seibert of Bug Stoppers , had an idea he'd kicked around about a company that would provide everything someone needs for a garage sale.

That inspired Burkholder to start Garage Sale Gurus , which is gearing up to serve its first customers.

"The hope is to be able to have kind of a one-stop shop when it comes to garage sale supplies," Burkholder says.

On the Monday before a garage sale, Burkholder will deliver tables, clothes racks, signs, pricing stickers and anything else someone needs for a sale.

After the sale, he'll pick up everything, including leftover items people don't want.

Those will go either to someplace like Goodwill , eBay or the trash.

Burkholder's service will cost $49.

"Everyone that I've talked to has loved the idea," he says.

If it's successful, Burkholder would like to franchise the business.

"You don't need any kind of a licensing other than a driver's license to be able to get into this business," he says.

It could be a great part-time job for a lot of people, Burkholder says.

"If it's done properly, you can take this anywhere," he says. "Sometimes there's a silver lining when you are laid off because you'd never even consider doing this kind of thing."

Not to mention, Burkholder says, "It certainly is fun kind of being your own boss and doing your own thing."

Olsen to leave Westar

A decade after joining Westar Energy , director of corporate communications Karla Olsen is leaving for another energy company.

She's heading to EQT , a natural gas company in Pittsburgh.

"Actually, they came after me," Olsen says. "I wasn't looking. I really love my job here at Westar, and I love the people I work with."

The main reason Olsen even considered the job is she has family in nearby Maryland.

Then she discovered she'd have an opportunity to create a public affairs department, and that attracted her.

Olsen's last day is Aug. 31.

"It's sad and happy at the same time," she says. "I don't want to get sappy, but I just relish the memories I have."

Olsen also says it's nice to be wanted.

"Absolutely. Especially when you're not exactly a spring chicken."

Darn, I'm not Dave

You may not be famous, but if your name is Dave —or David or Davy —you can get a free meal at Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que on Sunday.

To celebrate the chain's 16th anniversary along with founder " Famous Dave" Anderson , Famous Dave's restaurants across the country are offering a free entree (with a value of $15 or less) to anyone sharing the same name.

Sorry, Andersons don't count.

If your middle name happens to be a variation of David, your entree will be half price.

And for the non-Dave diners?

You could consider changing your name between now and then, or you could settle for the buck-a-bone rib special.

You don't say

"I wouldn't look pretty in jail."

Wink Hartman Sr.' s response — referring to a potential confidentiality agreement — when asked if he's buying a bank in Butler County