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Treasure! Outdoor Yard Sale items range from furniture to toys

Buyers and sellers at the previous Outdoor Yard Sale in the spring. (Courtesy photo)

Buyers and sellers at the previous Outdoor Yard Sale in the spring. (Courtesy photo)

Published: October 10, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 10, 2014) -- Fort Rucker residents come from all over the world, and with them come some hidden treasures that may make their way to this year’s Outdoor Yard Sale.

The flea market-style yard sale will take place Oct. 18 at the festival fields from 7-11 a.m., and organizers expect to see more than 50 booths available with items to sell from the local community, according to Kristi Fink, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation special events coordinator.

“The Outdoor Yard sale is a community-wide yard sale, and items range from (large items) like furniture to smaller items like toys and clothes,” said Fink, adding that the previous yard sale, which was held in the spring, brought over 1,500 patrons who bought and sold these hidden treasures.

Fink added that this is a great way for families who are getting ready to move to a new location to unload some of their items to make the move less cumbersome.

“Military families move every couple years, so it’s a good way to lighten the load when (moving) to a new location, but it’s also a great way to find some new items for the upcoming move,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for families who live on or off post to have a consolidated area to sell their items and not have to advertise or put up signs to get buyers to come to their house.”

The event is open to the public, and the price of renting a spot depends on the size of the plot and whether the renter is military or civilian.

The rate for active-duty military, dependents, retirees, reservists and Department of Defense civilians is $20 for 15’x20’ and $30 for 30’x20’. For the general public the cost is $30 for 15’x20’ and $40 for 30’x20’. Tables cost $10 each for both military and civilians.

Registration for the event is due by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15, and registration forms are being accepted at MWR Central, formally known as Leisure Travel Services, in Bldg. 5700. To print out a registration form, people can visit and click the link under the Outdoor Yard Sale.

No retail, commercial vending or business promotion is allowed, and food and beverage, live animal and weapon sales are also prohibited, said Fink. Electricity is available on the event field on a first-come, first-served basis and participants are responsible to bring their own extension cords, if needed.

Also, all participants are responsible for their individual change fund and participants may bring canopies, but no tent stakes may be longer than 12 inches.

“We encourage everyone to come out and participate as a seller, as well as a buyer,” said the special events coordinator. “This is a great opportunity to clean out their closets and sell those items that they are no longer using. Not to mention, it’s also a perfect time to find decorations for the upcoming holidays.”

For more information, call 255-1749.

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