2018-06-21 / Editorial

Colossal Yard Sale is collection of everything

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By Leslie Rounds

A collection of teeny, tiny baskets shaped like birds’ nests. Dozens and dozens of puzzles. A remarkable assortment of cut glass – some of it crystal and really gorgeous (even seductive) wine glasses. More baskets. Vases in every shape, size and color. Holiday decorations. Toys for children of all ages. Sporting equipment to make you into the most amazingly well-rounded amateur athlete. Coasters. Pots and pans. Antiques. Candles. Art suitable for any home or taste. First rate furniture. Well, OK, second rate furniture.

What is all of this? It is a list of just a few of the treasures that you will find at our amazing sixth annual Colossal Yard Sale Saturday, June 23, starting at 8 a.m. at Dyer Library and Saco Museum. Why are we in the yard sale business? You know the story. I’ve told you it so many times before. Dyer Library and Saco Museum are operated by a private, nonprofit organization and have been since the very beginning way back in the 19th century, and we receive only partial funding from the city of Saco. We strive to provide you with the very best library and museum that we can at the very lowest possible cost to taxpayers. One of the ways we accomplish that is to do a lot of fundraising and this big yard sale is just one component of that. Coming up, opening on Saturday, July 21 at 9:30 a.m., is our giant annual book sale, the next event on our fundraising calendar.

The yard sale is brought to you by a dedicated group of volunteers who have been meeting for months to plan every aspect of their strategy: how to promote it, how to collect the donated stuff to sell, how to price it (cheaply!), how to get the stuff (um, valuable goods) out onto the lawn at the crack of dawn on Saturday (which doesn’t mean you can shop at the crack of dawn …), how to staff the selling of it and finally how to clean up afterward those few remaining items that failed to make the cut. We are so indebted to our wonderful volunteers for making it all work.

You can participate and help support our efforts in four really cool ways. The first is: rent a table and sell your own stuff. Take advantage of the massive crowds of people that turn out for our great stuff to sell your great stuff. A table space is $20. Even better, donate your really great stuff to the sale. We are accepting donations of everything except clothing, upholstered furniture, mattresses, electronics, car seats, cribs and playpens and major appliances. Volunteer to help. And finally, make us really indebted to you.

How? Ultimately, a yard sale is nothing without some excellent shoppers and I know that there are many among you who fit that description. So, please come promptly, bring your bulging billfolds, and shop with intensity and, most of all, with generosity so that this will end up being our very most successful yard sale ever. See you there.

Leslie Rounds is executive director of Dyer Library/Saco Museum.

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