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Posted March 27, 2013 in Community Featured, Waukee
This remote-controlled plane sat in Teresa Garcia’s garage and never left the ground.

This remote-controlled plane sat in Teresa Garcia’s garage and never left the ground.

Until just about a month ago, Teresa Garcia had no idea what to do with the clutter built up from a family of herself and two boys in her garage. More significantly, she wondered what to do with the massive remote-controlled airplane that had never been flown.

“One day after church about two years ago, we were driving through Water Works Park in Des Moines and there were a ton of people flying these huge airplanes,” Garcia explains. “My son, Jacob, kept asking for one for about a year, especially after we kept going to the park and watching people fly these planes.”

About a year later, Garcia gave in and bought Jacob one for his birthday, the Super Club N4768Z, at the cost of almost $250.

“We had all these plans of taking the plane and flying it seriously and considered joining an airplane association in Des Moines that flies in the summertime,” Garcia says. “We had all these high hopes for doing all kinds of fun things with this plane.”

After bringing it come, carefully piecing the craft together and charging the battery, Jacob never picked the plane up again.

“It looked great after we got everything put together,” remembers Garcia. “But after all the work, it never got flown, not even once.”

After years of the expensive machine sitting lifeless in her garage, Garcia kept thinking of ways to make her money back.

“I just wanted this huge thing out of my garage,” Garcia says. “I finally decided to try putting it on Craigslist this past summer.”

After no interest for a couple of months, and a few people who would try to talk her down much less than the expensive craft was worth, she received an email from an interested buyer.

“My son and I met with him to talk seriously about selling the plane, and to my excitement he said he would take it,” Garcia says.

Garcia was more than obliged to sell the plane for $125, given that it had already spent more than two years in her garage.

“I was happy to sell it to him,” Garcia says. “Especially when I found out he hobbies as a photographer and planned to attach a camera and film video footage. I think it would be so interesting to follow up and see some of the images he was able to capture.”

Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”

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