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2016 Fall Community Yard Sale

There is a “Fall Community Yard Sale” on October 1st, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Recreation Center
Auditorium and in the parking lot.

If you didn’t get to your “spring cleaning” – now is your chance! Clean out those closets, attics and the garage, and put the good stuff up for sale.

Indoor and outdoor booth spaces available for rental:
10 indoor spaces available – $40 each. Includes two 8′ banquet tables and five chairs.
35 outdoor spaces available – $15 each. Tables and chairs not included.

Visit the Atlantic Recreation Center to reserve booth space(s). Set-up will be from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m.

Student Garage Sale Benefits American Heart Association

Student Garage Sale Benefits American Heart AssociationCardiovascular Technology Student Association Garage Sale to Benefit the American Heart Association

The FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center Cardiovascular Technology Student Association is hosting a garage sale on October 5, 8:00AM-2:00PM, to benefit the American Heart Association. The sale will take place in the front parking lot of the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center at 76346 William Burgess Boulevard in Yulee.

Support both the American Heart Association and Nassau County’s CVT students and find a bargain at the same time! Sale items of interest include a trundle bed, sixteen place settings of Noritake china, a computer printer and more.

Please call Christie Jordan at 548-1709 for more information or directions to the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.

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Moving to Arizona Yard Sale

Moving to Arizona Yard SaleI remember moving here 22 years ago when my husband and I were first married and we had a yard sale. This was no ordinary yard sale. We were combining his home furnishings, with my home furnishings, to create a home with “our” home furnishings. Coming from Atlanta, it was quickly decided we would move all of our furnishings to Amelia Island and hold the yard sale in Fernandina Beach.

That yard sale, so many years ago, had the title, “Mother-in-law coming to visit!” This is a sobering yard sale for us because, this time, my mother-in-law is moving to Arizona.

My in-laws decided to make Amelia Island their home shortly after we moved here. We’ve shared the important holidays and family moments, but we’ve also shared life’s heart aches through the long illness and passing of my father-in-law.

Now she is moving to Arizona and will be closer to my husband’s two brothers and their families. Our blessing of having her be so close to our family all of these years will now be a blessing appreciated by them.

Back to the yard sale: Decades of accumulation in three bedroom homes is now being downsized to small Arizona condominium! Other family and friends are also putting stuff in the sale, so I don’t even know what all will be for sale!

If you have been to one of our previous yard sales, then you know: Early birds will be shot!

Friday and Saturday, August 3rd and 4th, from 8:00 to 2:00 PM, you are invited to Jekyll Court (across from the YMCA’s pool) to find treasures and memorabilia being disgarded for a new beginning.

(Rain date is August 10th and 11th, from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM.)

Clothes, knick-knacks, a matched pair of twin beds, other furniture pieces, toys, books, washer & dryer, stationary bike, home decor, some tools… all kinds of stuff!

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We are Having a Massive Yard Sale

We are Having a Massive Yard SaleWe are having a massive yard sale. I have spent the past couple of years trying to figure out how one family, with three kids, can accumulate so much stuff! Well, it is time to get rid of it!!!

    Bring your quarters and one dollar bills, prices so low it will give you the chills.

    Pots and pans and clothing and books, we’ve cleaned out our closets, crannies and nooks.

Every time my mother visits she brings boxes of things she no longer wants or needs. She won’t just throw them away or give them to charity. Mom has a visitation ritual which includes her bringing at least one box of “stuff”. Suddenly, we found ourselves staring at stacks of boxes cluttering up the garage. Don’t get me wrong, she has the best of intentions, but she literally owns three of everything. Her stuff, the stuff my step-father had when they married, and then the new stuff they bought as a married couple. This “yours, mine and ours” lifestyle has brought us boxes containing medical supplies, books, dog toys, lawn tools, clothing, linens, holiday decorations… you name it, we’ve likely seen it in “the box.”

Another reason for this yard sale is that our family, as a whole, has lost over 300 pounds within the past two years! Shedding the weight has encouraged us to shed “possessions” as well. Our lifestyle has changed, and so have our interests, our hobbies, activites and even the way we cook or prepare meals.

After 21 years of marriage, we have also come to the conclusion that none of our older kids will ever want to inherit these hand-me-downs from their grandmother’s house, so I see no reason to be the proud owner of ten skillets! Really, does anyone need four garlic presses?

Fernandina Beach Yard SalesThe sale is on Friday and Saturday at my mother-in-laws home (yes, she is shedding her stuff, too), on Jeckyll Court, across from the YMCA, in Fernandina Beach. The sale is from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM on both days.

This stuff is priced to go!!!

Our friends are shedding, too! This multi-family yard sale includes CB radios, small playpen, baskets, jewelry, knick-knacks, toys, books, file cabinet, stackable storage units for your garage at only $5.00 a piece, kitchenware, linens, curtains, clothes, TV, lamps, small furniture pieces, record player, motorcycle stuff, cheap fridge and oh, so much more!

You are encouraged to bring small bills when you go yard sale shopping… we do not have the ability to change a bunch of $20.00 bills. But, bring those 20’s just in case, afterall, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

Finally, No Early Birds! This means do not arrive before we open at 8:00 AM! We won’t be ready, you’ll just be in our way and I am NOT a morning person…

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Community Wide Yard Sale

Community Wide Yard Sale

Bridgeview Self Storage

There is a community wide yard sale on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Bridgeview Self Storage.

Located just west of Amelia Island at 474431 E. State Road 200, this multi-unit yard sale is a free event to discover your newest treasures.

There will be Bar-B-Q, snow cones, prizes, giveaways and plenty of bargains to be found.

For more information, call Nancy at (904) 261-5066.

Community Yard Sale

There is a community wide yard sale on Saturday, October 23, 2010, from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Bridgeview Self Storage located just off of Amelia Island.

This is a multi-unit yard sale where you can shop, sell or do both. At last check booths were still available! First come, first served! Enjoy Bar-B-Q, Snow Cones, Prize Giveaways, and plenty of shopping! You do not want to miss this!

Event Admission is free. For more information, contact Nancy at (904)261-5066.

Garage and Yard Sales, the answer to finding bargains

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Garage Sales for bargain hunters

Saturday mornings are usually filled with quality time between my wife and I dedicating the early hours scanning through garage and yard sales in the area. As many of us are slowly winding down from a couple of decades of abundant buying sprees, often collecting merchandise that still has the store tags on them, weekend garage sales, moving sales and yard sales signs have become as abundant as for rent and for sale signs. People are looking to make a little cash out of stuff they bought mostly because it was “nice” to have and credit cards carried an easy seduction.

Now that times have changed a “tad”, the tide has turned and people wonder how they can get rid of a lot of this stuff. Last weekend my wife took me to a community yard sale in the Timbercreek Development west of I-95 on SR 301. As a rule we hardly ever leave Amelia Island for sales in the boonies, mostly because you can go down a road like Blackrock Road for 20 minutes chasing an advertised yard sale and never find it. Except however, when it comes to organized neighborhood sales. Then we’ll be there.

Garage sales are nothing new and have been as common on any Saturday morning as cartoons. They are typically held by one family during the morning hours operating out of their garage or driveway where items that the family no longer wants or needs are offered and sold at great deals to others. A typical garage sale last for 3-6 hours and the goal is to not only make extra money, but to also clean out closets and rooms that are stuffed with a variety of things we once couldn’t live without, but now need to be removed from the home as undesirable or in the current economy as something that may get some money back in the pocket. It also gives us a potential chance to better organize the house and to make more room for new “things” that are surely going to take their place.

There is no permit needed for a family to host a garage sale out of their home, nor is there a need to charge sales tax. These types of sales are exercised freely on a regular basis all over the country, with the exception of one group of homeowners, the ones that live in gated communities and deed restricted developments. They need their association’s approval.

Several of our friends and partners happen to live in some of these McMansion Parks and have never given much thought to the rules and regulations that prohibit them from having garage sales at individual homes.

However the statutes usually allow homeowners semi-annual garage sales centrally located at the clubhouse facilities. In a discussion with my partner Jamie we discovered a great home based business opportunity for an enterprising individual, because trying to manage more than two households coming together in one sale, is nearly impossible, let alone trying to get the entire development to choose a Saturday, put in the common effort, show up at 6am and allow absolute strangers to rummage through your stuff. Having an independent person specialized in this type of event planning would be a welcome solution.

He or she would be organizing and putting on garage sales for those neighborhoods that are restricted. This would include gaining permission from the property owner’s association for the use of a common area within the development, attending a monthly meeting within the community advising all the homeowners of the event, advertising and promoting the sale and physically running the event. Other services that could be offered are assistance with transportation from the private homes to the sale site, making sales tables available and help with pricing of items to be sold. After-the-sale logistics would include the management of household items to be returned to the owners or arranging the items to be donated and transported to a charity of their choice.

Compensation for this service would work something along the lines of a flat fee for each family to enter the sale, but most importantly and this is why I bring this story to the forefront, it could be made part of a developer’s advertising and marketing budget in these economic times. WHY?

Well our trip to Timbercreek Development last week on SR 301 took a caravanserai of several hundreds of cars (and occupants) from Amelia Island out to a residential neighborhood with units for sale which they would have never gone to without this Neighborhood Sale as a trigger.

If I would have been the developer/financer of that neighborhood I would have gladly paid someone $1,000 or more to bring this type of traffic through the neighborhood. The makes and models of vehicles that we saw hunting the sale should be a clear indication that it would be very ignorant to assume these folks were cheap bargain hunters who could never afford to buy a property in Timbercreek. I know. My wife and I see a lot of the same “hunters” every Saturday morning. It’s a sport and a social event even though we often spent a couple of hundred dollars on bargains every weekend. Just imagine how many potential neighbors we would already have met on this Saturday morning event.

Again if I were a developer looking for qualified traffic, a regularly sponsored Yard Sale Event would be one great way to attract potential buyers. I would also kick my marketing department in gear and let them pull out all stops on those Saturday mornings. A well advertised model home with the right incentive program would have gotten some real attention at Timbercreek, oh well, maybe next time.

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