Annual yard sale is golden opportunity for green recycling, community spirit

Buyers and sellers negotiate in the yard of the Church of the Reedemer.

Buyers and sellers negotiate in the yard of the Church of the Reedemer.

 

About 150 Summit residents and visitors joined in a major four-hour recycling effort Saturday at the SNA’s annual community yard sale.

There were 22 registered tables of clothes, toys, books, lamps and even canoe paddles that the owners no longer needed and that could have ended up in the landfill.

Instead, an army of people looking for just those items swarmed through the yard of the Church of the Redeemer on Hope Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a beautiful fall day to purchase the previously unwanted objects and give them new life. Both buyers and sellers went away satisfied and Earth was spared from added trash.

Complementing the spirit of community interaction were members of the church who, led by Father Patrick Campbell, mixed with the dealmakers, displayed a slide show of parish activities and even invited the curious to tour the sanctuary. One member of the congregation declared with excitement, “This is the most people we’ve had in our yard in a long time.”

Sellers began setting up at 8 a.m. and some buyers eagerly began negotiating before the official opening. During the day, neighborhood residents who had been to the farmers market in Lippitt Park at the other end of Hope Street made their way to the yard sale. They even were able to refresh themselves with lemonade made and sold by a couple of boys at one table, who were also selling their outgrown toys.

Spots in the yard were reserved through an application form in SNA’s newsletter or on its web site for $15 each or $20 if a table was required.

The green event was not only an opportunity to recycle unneeded items but for neighbors to get to know each other better.

The sale area stretched along Hope Street in front of the church.

The sale area stretched along Hope Street in front of the church.

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One Comment

  1. Kim
    Posted September 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful day! I enjoyed meeting the people for whom my old treasures were to become their new ones, and I think I made a few people (including especially two young boys) very happy.
    My load is lighter now, and I have a few dollars in my pocket (what I didn’t spend in an east side restaurant that afternoon) to show for it!
    Thank you, Summit Neighborhood Association.