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Trash or treasure? Yard sale source of savings, income for Soldiers, families

Shoppers browse the wares at last year’s outdoor yard sale. This year’s event is scheduled for April 2, but the deadline to sign up to sell items is March 30. (File photo)

Shoppers browse the wares at last year’s outdoor yard sale. This year’s event is scheduled for April 2, but the deadline to sign up to sell items is March 30. (File photo)

Published: March 25, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 25, 2016) -- Moving can be a hassle, especially when it comes to relocating what can seem like mountains of furniture and items.

That’s why Fort Rucker’s seasonal community yard sales provide an opportunity for military families to shed unnecessary items and earn a little extra cash before they make the big move.

Fort Rucker will host its Outdoor Yard Sale and Flea Market April 2 from 7-11 a.m. at the Fort Rucker Festival Fields as a means for others to find treasures among other people’s unwanted items.

“It’s a great way for military families on and off post to be able to sell their household goods,” said Kristi Fink, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation special events coordinator.

“Military families move every couple years, so it’s a good way to lighten the load when PCSing to a new location. But it’s also a great way to find some new items for the upcoming move.

 “The outdoor yard sale and flea market will provide an opportunity for the Fort Rucker community to buy and sell used household items in a consolidated fashion, especially for those buyers or sellers who live off post and are not eligible to participate in the Corvias Military Housing yard sales,” she added.

The event is open to the public and anyone can rent booth space during the event, although discounted rates are available to government ID card holders.

According to Fink, a total of 77 booths were registered for 2,000 participants last year. Anyone interested in a booth for the fall yard sale must register by March 30 at 4:30 p.m.

Government rates are $25 for a 15-by-20 space, $35 for a 30-by-20 space and tables are $10 each. Rates for the general public are $35 for a 15-by-20 space, $45 for a 30-by-20 space and $10 per table. Registration forms can be found at or at MWR Central in the Soldier Service Center, Bldg. 5700, Rm. 130.

Each year, community yard sales provide access to a wide variety of items at prices lower than people would find in a department store, Fink said.

“Patrons can find items ranging from baby clothes to furniture,” said the events coordinator. “There are numerous toys, household items, collectibles and more. It’s great way for families to find some amazing deals right before they move or when they arrive on post.”

Although the event is open to the public, Fink reminds people that certain sales are not allowed.

“No retail, commercial vending or business promotion is allowed,” Fink said. “Food and beverage, live animal and weapon sales are also prohibited.

Also, electricity is available on the event field on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants must bring their own extension cords, if needed. All participants are responsible for their individual change fund and participants may bring canopies, but no tent stakes may be longer than 12 inches in length.

For more information, call 255-1749 or 255-2997.

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