Fort Rucker yard sale aims for convenience, deals
March 21, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 21, 2013) -- Those who like to find a good deal and enjoy the hunt for hidden treasures may find what they are looking for at Fort Rucker's very first outdoor yard sale April 6 at the festival fields from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is free to attend and is open to the public, and rent space is still available for those wanting to sell their wares at the event, according to Kimberly Abeln, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation annual events coordinator.
"Held in conjunction with Picerne Military Housing's first Saturday yard sales, a large turnout is expected, so rent your space early," she said.
Though it may be more of a task to bring merchandise to the site, officials said that it would be worth it in the long run.
"It's usually easier for people to set up a yard sale at their house, but then they have to deal with getting people to come to their yard sale and setting up signs. By having a community-wide yard sale, more people will come out and see what you have for sale," said Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR marketing director.
"I think the advantage of having so many other people at the event will definitely benefit all those selling and everyone buying. This event should be a fun time for all and the location will be perfect," she added.
The registration deadline to sell wares is April 4 and prices range. For ID holders a 15 x 20-foot space is $20 and a 30 x 20-foot space is $30. For the general public a 15 x 20-foot space is $30 and a 30 x 20-foot is $40. People can sell anything from household items to collectables and clothes.
If space is available, people can buy more than one spot next to each other, said Erdlitz, as well as partner up with friends and Family.
"It's a great idea to team up with a friend and share a booth space. We all have items in the back of the garage that we'd love to sell, so teaming up with a friend to have more items to sell at your booth is a great idea," she said.
Tables are limited and will be allocated based on the date of registration form and payment received. All participants are responsible for their individual change fund and participants may bring canopies, but no tent stakes may be longer than 12 inches according to the rules and limitations.
No retail, commercial vending or business promotion is allowed. Food and beverage, live animal and weapon sales are also prohibited. Electricity is available on the event field on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are responsible to bring their own extension cords, if needed, according to the release.
Soldiers often travel around the world, and Erdlitz said that many may be selling unique items that buyers may not find elsewhere.
"It's great to find items from Germany, Korea and other countries," she said, adding that she is hoping to find an old potato wagon from Germany. "There will definitely be something for everyone."
The yard sale, according to the marketing director and the annual events coordinator, will also provide a great opportunity to clean out closets and put some extra cash in sellers' wallets.
"As an Army spouse, I think this is a great opportunity to get a jump start on spring cleaning," said Abeln.
"Finding that perfect item that someone is selling for a couple dollars that is actually worth millions is the yard sale hunter's dream find. Of course, just getting a great deal on items is worth the hunt, too," said Erdlitz.
"Now's the time to do some spring cleaning, so having a yard sale is the [ideal] solution. More people will be on post for Picerne's monthly yard sale, so we thought the timing would be perfect. Yard sale hunters can check out the neighborhood sales and then join the main [event]," said Erdlitz.
For more information, call 255-1749.