Mount Airy Jaycees schedule yard sale Search for bargains helps a good cause

September 16, 1992|By Kathy Sutphin | Kathy Sutphin,Contributing Writer

MOUNT AIRY -- Folks who shop at the Mount Airy Jaycee Fall Yard Sale will be helping the community while visiting a bargain hunter's paradise.

The flea market will run 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Firemen's Carnival Grounds at state Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. This rain or shine event will help members of the Mount Airy Area Jaycees help the less fortunate in the community, said project coordinator Scott Elliott.

Proceeds from space rental fees and food booth sales at the fall yard sale will fund the Jaycees' Annual Thanksgiving Baskets project and the Needy Children's Christmas Party, said Mr. Elliott.

The spaces -- approximately 9 feet by 18 feet paved or 14 feet by 20 feet grass -- are renting for $20 reserved in advance and $25 on the day of the yard sale, Mr. Elliott said. About 500 letters advertising the Oct. 3 event were mailed to previous vendors in August, he said.

The yard sales, which are billed by the local Jaycees as some of the largest in Maryland, attract a variety of vendors, Mr. Elliott said. More than 250 spaces were rented by a variety of vendors during the service club's 1992 spring yard sale.

Conducting the yard sales continues to be a labor-intensive project for the 35-member club, said Mr. Elliott. In addition to taking reservations for yard sale spaces and assigning locations, volunteers are needed to patrol the yard sale as early as 5:30 a.m., when vendors start setting up their wares.

Workers are also needed all day at the club's food booth, which offers breakfast, lunch and snack items to hungry vendors and yard sale fans. Mr. Elliott said the Jaycees welcome offers of help from the community with the yard sale.

"We're always looking for people between the ages of 21 and 39 as new members," he added.

The yard sale will take place on the first day of the Mount Airy Fall Festival, planned for Oct. 3 and 4 in the town's downtown business district on Main Street.

"The Jaycees will be having their Annual Baby Photo Contest on Saturday and Sunday at the Fall Festival," he added.

In addition to the Thanksgiving Basket and Children's Christmas Party projects, the Mount Airy Area Jaycees will co-sponsor the town's Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest and will continue its Santa Visits project in December.

Spaces are still available, Mr. Elliott said. Information: Caren Allen, 829-9317.

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