By Jeremy Henderson, Army Flier Staff WriterJuly 6, 2017
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Moving can be a chore, but Fort Rucker's seasonal community yard sales provide an opportunity for military families to shed unnecessary items and earn a little extra cash for the journey ahead.
"Yard sales can be a great place to find good deals, but sometimes it takes more than one yard sale to find everything you need," Lynn Avila, Fort Rucker special events coordinator, said. "Fort Rucker's Outdoor Yard Sale and Flea Market cuts out all of the driving and puts several yard sales in one location -- the festival fields."
Registration is currently open for sellers to bring their wares to festival fields July 15 from 7-11 a.m. Sellers must register no later than July 12.
"Spaces are open to the public," Avila said. "Rental prices vary by the space based on the space required and if the seller is government-affiliated or a civilian."
Military ID (active-duty service members and their family members, retired military, reserve component, Department of Defense personnel) is required for the government rate pricing, she added.
"If you are mailing your registration form, you will either have to bring in your ID card prior to the event or show it at the registration table the day of the event," Avila said. "If no ID is shown, the 'general public' rate will be applied."
Spaces for military ID or CAC card holders are available for $25 for a 15-by-20 space and $35 for a 30-by-20 space. The general public may also purchase space for $35 and $45 respectively.
"This event is a great way to clean out your garage or closet at home and put some extra money in your pocket," Avila said. "The event is also a great outing for individuals and families. You can come out and spend the morning with us to browse all the deals and then enjoy lunch together."
According to Avila, the community yard sale event also helps remove some of the guess work for sellers.
"Much of the hard work is done for the seller," she said. "DFMWR handles all marketing efforts and reservation of space. No more taping posters to stop signs and no more strangers trampling through your yard or rummaging through your garage."
Set up will begin at 5 a.m. July 15 and all sellers will need to be ready to open by 7 a.m. for the first shoppers.
According to Avila, the Fort Rucker Yard Sale and Flea Market differs from a typical yard sale as the sellers themselves vary. Each seller brings an assortment of items, drastically increasing the selection over what one would find in a typical yard sale.
"For single Soldiers, couples and families, everyone is sure to find a treasure from at least one of the sellers," she said. "Whether you are looking for a new or gently worn outfit, or a piece of furniture that you can refurbish to fit your home décor, the Fort Rucker Yard Sale and Flea Market may have what you are looking for."
The event allows a wide variety of vendors to sell items in a central location, but a few items are prohibited. Sellers who do not possess a military ID or CAC card must obtain a visitor's pass prior to the day of the event, according to Avila. Unescorted visitors music obtain a visitors pass from one of two visitor control centers.
Visitors may obtain passes from VCCs at the Daleville and Ozark gates. The Daleville VCC is open Mondays-Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ozark VCC is open Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information or to register, call 255-2997 or 255-1749.