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Annual Scottdale community yard sale scheduled Aug. 3

| Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 4:54 p.m.

Scottdale Chamber of Commerce is making plans for the community's 12th annual yard sale, set for Aug. 3.

Committee member Marty Savanick said the chamber started the event following the lead of several other Fay-West communities that had success from their community yard sales.

In addition to being a benefit to the downtown businesses, it's also a benefit for borough residents.

For just $6, residents can register to be a part of the sale and be placed on the address list that will be passed out to visitors.

The registration deadline for residents who would like to participate is July 27. Registration can be done at Collections by Marty.

“It's something that has grown each year, but it is disappointing to see so many yard sales set up without registering,” Savanick said. “The fee pays for advertising and also contributes to the chamber, which helps the community.”

The map with the addresses of all the participants will be available to pick up at Collections by Marty by Aug. 1.

Savanick said the event is always very popular, not only for the residents but also those who come looking for that special buy.

The chamber gets calls as early as spring from people asking when the community yard sale will be held. It is always held the first Saturday in August.

“The community always seems excited about the sale,” Savanick said. “I have not heard any negative comments. But traffic can get very congested on the popular streets, so we ask people to be patient and courteous.”

The event is one of the biggest fundraisers the chamber has throughout the year.

One of the biggest advantages for residents taking part in the yard sale is that the chamber spends hundreds of dollars in regional advertising and signage for the event, which brings in more than 1,000 shoppers who are looking for that special find.

As was the case last year, individuals can pay an extra dollar to advertise for specific item they will be selling at their yard sale.

For example, those who have a lot of baby girl clothes can pay a dollar to have a BG code listed beside their address.

Others might want to pay a $1 to have the code B next to their address if they have a lot of books, and they might also want to pay a second dollar to have the code T for toys next to their address as well.

The codes include BG for baby girl clothing, BB for baby boy clothing, T for toys, K for kitchen, GC for girls clothing, BC for boys clothing, G for tools/garage, B for books and F for furniture.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.