Connellsville, South Connellsville and Dunbar planning yard sales

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 6:12 p.m.

The 10th annual Connellsville Community Yard Sale, sponsored by the community events committee of the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce, will start at 8 a.m. May 4.

“Participants pay a $5 registration fee that includes their yard sale location on the master address list/map, a house sign, balloons and advertising on Armstrong Channel 20 and the Daily Courier, etc.,” said Lori Kaczmarek, a member of the community events committee.

Last year more than 80 locations were listed on the map.

Kaczmarek said there will be two new things this year. Address lists will not be available until May 4. They can be picked up only at the community events committee booth, which will be located in the PNC Bank parking lot on West Crawford Avenue.

The chamber is asking for a 25-cent donation for each map. All proceeds will benefit the July 3 fireworks display sponsored by the chamber.

Also, New Haven Hose Company will be selling hoagies at the booth. A basket raffle will be held there, too.

“This will be the first Connellsville Community Yard Sale that I'm involved with. I'm excited to see another event working to bring the city together,” said Ronn Hall, chamber office manager.

Outside vendors may purchase a 10- by 10-foot spot in the PNC Bank parking lot (across from Artworks) for $10. Payment must be made in advance. A chamber representative will confirm payment before setup is allowed. Positively no setting up before 7 a.m. May 4 will be allowed. Tables will not be provided. Chamber member businesses may set up a display for $5 in the PNC Bank parking lot. A non-chamber business can set up for $10.

Registrants must fill out the yard sale form in the chamber office at 923 W. Crawford Ave. and include payment of $5 or $10 no later than May 1 to be included on the master address list/map. Type or write address clearly. Address lists/maps will be available at the chamber booth from 8 a.m. to noon May 4 in the bank parking lot.

“Our organization is proud to have been able to sponsor this event for 10 years. As always we hope that the weather cooperates, but the event is held rain or shine,” said Michael Edwards, community events committee chairman.

Coffee and doughnuts will be sold in the morning, said Edwards. Gift baskets have been donated by area businesses, and chances will be sold, he added.

Dunbar will also hold a Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4. Residents can sign up by paying $5 in the borough office by May 1. Participants will receive a yard sale sign and will be listed on the map. The maps will be available beginning May 2 in the borough office and in the post office lobby. On the day of the sale, they will be available in the post office lobby.

“The date coincides with Connellsville's yard sale so shoppers can go on from one town to the next. It worked out very well last year. It benefits the sellers and the buyers,” said Tammy Nedrow, borough secretary.

The South Connellsville Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11. Residents can sign up at the borough building for $5 for a listing on the map and a yard sale sign. The deadline to register is May 3. The maps will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6-10 in the borough office.

“We wanted to get an early start on the maps, so we can give them out the whole week before the sale,” said Holly Green, borough secretary.

“Last year we held our yard sale on the same day as the city, and we did not get a lot of shoppers, and they missed out on a lot of bargains. I think people may have been overwhelmed by too many sales on one day,” said Karen Holbrook, South Connellsville councilwoman.

“We hope by holding our yard sale a week later, they'll come to South Connellsville and spend time,” she said. “We will also be continuing the flea markets at the playground this summer with the dates to be announced soon.”

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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