Here’s one kid-friendly booth

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Mark Sizemore is more realistic than most 10-year-old boys.
He has for sale sports cards, comic books, action figures and other things often seen in a kid’s bedroom in a booth at the Allen County Fair. While he wouldn’t mind keeping most of what he has for sale, “I really don’t need them,” Mark said.
Mark has a strategy, he’s like to replace his bicycle that his father, the Rev. Mark Sizemore, Humboldt Christian Church minister, accidentally dismembered while backing the family van a while back.
“His little sister (Amanda) parked it there and I didn’t see it,” the elder Sizemore said.
“I also wouldn’t mind buying a puppy over there (at the Baby Barnyard),” Mark added. “Probably not going to happen,” Dad said, with a hitch in his retort that said maybe it will.
Young Sizemore also intends to save some of the money he makes, from what his father calls “the only kid-friendly booth at the fair.”
An aside of young Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit comes from family financial circumstances.
Ministry traditionally isn’t among the high-paying of occupations and his mother, Sheila, suffers from a brain tumor, which has required considerable treatment and often has put Dad in a single parent role.
“Mom is home now,” the elder Sizemore said. “She’s doing pretty good. The doctors say the tumor is inactive right now. She hopes to be able to come up and see Mark’s booth.”
That will explain to his wife, Sizemore continued, why “we have so much ‘stuff’ in the garage and around the house. It’s what Mark’s trying to sell.”

THE SIZEMORES, father and son, accumulated what is in the booth partly from attending auctions and yard sales, but most has come at the generosity of others.
They enjoy going to sports card shows and a prominent seller from Wichita, noticing the interest of young Mark, lavished several boxes on cards on him. Big-time sellers usually shy from lower-priced cards, such as those Mark has for ale, but they are ones that he can turn into cash. They’re inexpensive enough for young buyers with just a few dollars to spend.
Also, several boxes of comic books, some dating back several decades, were given to Mark.
“I suppose 75 percent of what he has for sale was given to him,” Mark’s father said. “We’ve had a lot of people help us out. We appreciate it very much.”