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Yard sales offer bargains, chance to get to know your neighbors 0

Yard sales offer bargains, chance to get to know your neighbors

F. BRIAN FERGUSON | Gazette-Mail

Some of the items that Alicia and David Mundy will have for sale during Saturday’s Fort Hill community yard sale.

F. BRIAN FERGUSON | Gazette-Mail

Alicia and David Mundy price items and make signs for Saturday’s Fort Hill community yard sale.

F. BRIAN FERGUSON | Gazette-Mail

Some of the items that Alicia and David Mundy will have in Saturday’s Fort Hill community yard sale.

A little more than a year ago, Alicia Mundy and her family moved from one side of the Fort Hill community to the other. Although the move wasn’t far, it was a new atmosphere that called for new stuff.

“We had a lot of stuff,” she said. “When you move into a new house, you want to get new furniture that matches and so we had a lot of furniture and things to get rid of.”

Instead of having their own garage sale or moving sale, the family thought to organize a day for a community yard sale.

“I got to meet my neighbors,” she said. “It’s a way of getting to know the community and neighbors.”

At her home alone, Mundy estimated 150-200 shoppers stopped by before the day ended.

Saturday, Fort Hill will have its second neighborhood yard sale after a decent turn out last year. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We had a good turn out last year,” she said. “There were 7-10 houses. This year we have 34 houses involved. Shoppers will have a day full with it.”

Mundy and her husband, David, put together a virtual map through ZeeMaps.com[1]. Each registered home will be on the map.

A couple of weeks following Fort Hill’s yard sale is another, similar event: the 27th annual Old Colony Realtors East End Yard Sale in Charleston. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 13 — the day before Mother’s Day — Adam Stollings, director of marketing and promotions with Charleston Main Street, anticipates around 10,000 will participate, based on recent years.

“This is basically the largest one day community yard sale east of the Mississippi River,” he said.

Last year there were 59 residents who registered to participate and 41 non-residents. He expects similar, or even bigger, numbers this year. Non-resident registration is limited and ends Sunday. Residents may register the day of.

“This is a great shopping opportunity and chance to meet people in Charleston,” Stollings said. “People are always looking for that bargain. There’s so many people who participate that you know you’re going to find something.”

In addition to traditional garage sale-style sales, an artist colony will be stationed on Lee Street across from the Kanawha County Schools Board of Education.

Stollings said there are about 10 different artisans registered to set up at that location.

Printed maps will be available for the East End Yard Sale at Bluegrass Kitchen, contemporary galleries and Zegeer Hardware beginning May 8.

Both yard sale events are being held rain or shine.

“It always rains at some point,” Stollings said. “We expect it.”

In the days leading to the East End Yard Sale, door hangers will be placed at homes and yard sale signs will be put around the community.

Money raised from registration goes toward the East End Community Association.

For information about the Fort Hill community yard sale, visit the event’s Facebook page or email [email protected] For information about the East End yard sale, visit www.charlestoneastend.com.[2][3]

Reach Anna Taylor at [email protected][4], 304-348-4881 or follow @byannataylor on Twitter.