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Mt. Pleasant Community Yard Sale expected to draw many

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Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7:02 p.m.

Many people take time every weekend to scour the area for yard, garage and estate sales, looking for treasures. The upcoming Mt. Pleasant Community Yard Sale will make it easy to find dozens of great sales all nestled in the same area.

The community yard sale will be held throughout the borough, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Shoppers and sellers alike are welcome to join in the day-long event.

“We just started to have a community yard sale a few years ago, and we hope that we can build it up,” Mt. Pleasant Mayor Gerald Lucia said. “Scottdale and Connellsville both have them and have had great success with them. We hope that we can do the same thing here in Mt. Pleasant.”

The community yard sale is marking its fourth year in Mt. Pleasant and is traditionally held in May, but event organizers decided to try moving it to June to raise more interest.

“There was just so much going on everywhere in May that we thought we would try to move it to June this year,” Councilwoman Cynthia Stevenson said, adding that the community yard sale is one day residents are not required to resister and pay a small fee normally needed to hold a yard sale in the borough. “This is one day that no one is required to have a yard sale permit.”

The yard sale is open to everyone in the borough that wants to participate. Some groups and organizations also take the opportunity to sell items for their nonprofits or set up informational booths about their organizations.

“The Cat Committee will have a booth in the parking area behind Burn's drug store,” Stevenson said, adding that sale information will also be available at that site. “We will be handing out maps of the town.”

Stevenson said that borough residents who registered in advance to participate will have their house address listed on the map for out-of-town visitors.

“There will be a listing of addresses for each street,” Stevenson said. “The maps won't actually show you where the houses are located, but it will list their addresses for you to find.”

The yard sale is not only a way to bring shoppers and buyers together, but it's also a great way to bring visitors to town.

“We hope that the yard sale will become a way to generate interest in the town of Mt. Pleasant itself,” Lucia said. “We hope it brings people in who may also want to shop at our stores, grab something to eat or just walk around and enjoy Mt. Pleasant.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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