The First Ever Old Town Laurel Yard Sale Crawl is coming next week. May 5 to be exact. If you like yard sales, this is going to be a doozy.
Nirvana, Heaven, Chocolate Sundae with a Cherry on Top. Thirty-one– count’em-- 31 families-- are participating. That’s about three times as many as we thought might sign up. A little history: back in February [or late January] Joni McGovern had a great idea for a group yard sale. Yours truly said she’d help.
We did a “Doodle” [great tool for scheduling] to find people who might like to participate and the best date. May 19 came up – and then we discovered the city employees were planning that date for THEIR community sale event. So after consulting with them, and wanting to be good neighbors, we decided to reschedule.
Another doodle round. May 5 was chosen. Emails, fliers etc went out with information and permits to the local neighborhood. Laurel requires people doing yard sales have a permit. Joni volunteered to get permits for folks who dropped off their applications and fees to her. She ended up taking 18 applications up and spending two hours at City Hall, and the other 13 did it themselves.
We posted on yard sale search and put out press releases and notices throughout the local list serve. The response was, well, almost overwhelming. We were hoping that 10-maybe 12 or 13 would sign up and that would be a success. Instead, 31 families signed on. Clearly, we have a community with lots of STUFF. Or, lots of pack rats like us who’ve realized that floor space is a rapidly disappearing premium.
Now the day is fast approaching. We’re an area with lots of retirees [too much stuff] and lots of young families with kids [growing fast—surplus]. Plus lots of people restoring houses that have/need stuff. Over the past month or so husband Ken & I have been adding to our pile of items (see photo.)
Personally we’re scrounging through the attic and garage for sellable items. Need a rowing machine? Double bedspread [white].We’ll have one. Some hardware, skis, ski boots, gutter washing gizmo, old style molding [this IS old town] or a door. We’re your folks. Books, Xmas lights in box pattern. Who knows what others will come up with? You can see a list of all the sites here:
Look for the signs that neighbor and participant Jane Walker has agreed to put up. So come on by next Saturday. Should be fun – and a great community event