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Community yard sale helps people buy, sell household items

Published: March 6, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 6, 2014) -- People can get the jump on spring cleaning as the winter blues blow away by taking part in the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s community-wide yard sale.

Those who like to find a good deal and enjoy the hunt for hidden treasures may find what they are looking for at the yard sale March 15 at the festival fields from 8 a.m. to noon. The event is free to attend and is open to the public, and rent space is still available for those wanting to sell their wares, said Kristi Fink, special events coordinator.

“The last day to sign up is March 12 at 4:30 p.m. Last fall, we had 46 booths and it took up about three fourths of the field. So we have room to grow,” she said, adding that officials hope to have more than 50 booths.

Commercial businesses are not allowed to sell their merchandise, which includes any at-home businesses. And sale of weapons and live animals is prohibited. DFMWR reserves the right to remove any items that are considered inappropriate or endanger patrons in any way.

Space rentals are available to the general public. Military identification card holders will pay $20 for a 15x20 space or $30 for a 20x30 space. General public spaces are $30 for a 15x20 space or $40 for a 20x30 space. People can rent tables for $10 each.

Though it may be more of a task to bring merchandise to the site instead of having a personal yard sale, officials said that it’s worth it in the long run.

“We are expecting a huge turnout,” said Fink. “With spring right around the corner, this is a perfect time for all those households wanting to do some spring cleaning and get rid of stuff they do not use anymore. Last fall, we had about 1,400 people come through to check out all the items for sale.”

All participants are responsible for their individual change fund, and participants may bring canopies, but no tent stakes may be longer than 12 inches, according to the rules and limitations.

With Fort Rucker being a training installation, there are many Soldiers and Families transitioning in and out throughout the year, said Fink. So, with having a yard sale twice a year, people needing to empty houses and put money in their wallets, along with people trying to find the perfect new toy or dining room table all benefit from the event.

“We like to hold (the yard sales) before Families PCS in the summer and in the fall. Military Families move quite a bit throughout the Soldier’s career and most like to get rid of items they do not use anymore before moving to a new base,” she said.

For more information, call 255-1749.

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