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Community association hosts annual yard sale
by Sarah Anne Voyles
svoyles@neighbornewspapers.com
August 28, 2013 01:57 PM | 1137 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Patty Green and Heather Meissen work together Thursday afternoon to separate and organize items for the annual Brookhaven Fields yard sale.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Patty Green and Heather Meissen work together Thursday afternoon to separate and organize items for the annual Brookhaven Fields yard sale.
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The signature Brookhaven Fields bright pink yard sale balloons popped up in September 1994, when the members of the social committee for the community association decided to add an annual yard sale to the social calendar.

“The social committee thought it would be a great social event,” Brookhaven resident Meredith O’Connor said. “People thought it would work better to have a large event rather than individual ones because it helped to draw more people together. It turns out to be very fun and a couple of the streets have several houses, which becomes one big block party.”

The association plans to continue the event Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 3p.m.

When residents pay their annual $30 fee, they receive the benefit of the yard sale along with other social events. Brookhaven resident Daisy Ottmann said a participant is supposed to be part of the community association, however, residents in the neighborhood sometimes have their own yard sales the same day but only members’ houses appear on the yard sale map.

This year’s chairwoman Patty Green said the maps create a synergy even though fair amounts of the same people continually come back from year to year.

O’Connor said participation from the more than 700 residents is around 60 houses each year. She said there has been a lot of foot traffic since the start of the sale.

“When the sale first started it was mainly through word of month and a community newsletter,” O’Connor said. “With the Internet and accessibility to email, the yard sale grew greatly in size.”

Each house sells a variety of items. Green said a few years ago she purchased a new car and thought she might put a for sale sign on her old 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

“I said to my husband let’s put a for-sale sign on the Jeep,” Green said. “Sure enough it sold that day and I was able to get more than if I sold it to a dealer.”

Ottmann said the association works to provide a central location for the maps for shoppers and she said this year she will have a kiosk for them at her house since it is near the entrance of the neighborhood.

On the Web:
www.facebook.com/BFCAYardSale

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