The Summit neighborhood gave a community-wide yard sale on Sunday – and everybody came.
“From my vantage point at my house,” one participant said, “I could visibly see neighbors out and about, talking to each other, sharing stories and getting to know one another. And we brought a lot of people in from other areas too, so they could see what a fun and useful event it was.”
That “useful event” was centered on the parking lot of Citizens Bank on Hope Street, where the SNA distributed maps showing the 48 locations where residents had set up their own sale tables. Added to that were about 10 people who brought their valued items to the core location, according to Britt Page, the SNA board member who organized the event.
Topping off the day were seven merchants along Hope who had special sales to coordinate with the yard sales, plus a truck from Indie Cycle parked in the CVS lot across the street to accept unused or unwanted electronics so they could be disposed of in a responsible manner.
“I can tell you that my store was busier than usual that day,” said Kim T. Clark, owner of Rhody Craft, a shop at 780 Hope that specializes in products made my local craftspeople, “and there was a lot of fun, festive energy all over the neighborhood because I was roaming around.”
The yard sale is an annual event that SNA sponsors, but in previous years it had been at the Church of the Redeemer at 655 Hope. This year it involved the entire neighborhood. “We’re building community, not just in Summit, but potentially in areas beyond our reach,” said Dean Weinberg, SNA president.
“Great event,” said Clark, an SNA board member. “I think we should definitely do it like that every year!”