One family's junk becomes another's treasure at yard sales EAST COLUMBIA

April 27, 1993|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,Staff Writer

Kings Contrivance residents Stephen and Jeri Baker used to ride bicycles, but that was during the B.C. era -- Before Children -- as Ms. Baker puts it.

So the couple unloaded their infrequently used two-wheelers for $100 apiece, and took in about $200 more for other obsolete family accumulations, at last spring's inaugural Kings Contrivance Village-wide Yard Sales.

The second annual event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first three Saturdays in May at various homes and homeowner association common grounds throughout the village.

Sales will be in the Dickinson neighborhood this Saturday; in the Huntington and Huntington East neighborhoods on May 8; and in the Macgill's Common and Macgill's North neighborhoods on May 15. Rain dates will be each successive Sunday.

The event took shape last year following a call from a resident inquiring if Kings Contrivance sponsored a "community garage sale" at the village center, said village manager Anne L. Dodd. Ms. Dodd liked the idea, and put an ad in the village newsletter to gauge interest.

"Of all the things we've done, this has gotten one of the largest responses," said Ms. Dodd. "I'm amazed at the number of people who are enthusiastic about it."

The village office at Amherst House is offering purple ribbons for residents to tie around street signs on each street where sales are taking place. Last year, the majority of streets in the village participated, said Ms. Dodd.

The Bakers joined about a dozen families in the Murray Hill Estates development who set up separate bargaining venues last year on common grounds.

For a price, the Bakers parted with baby items -- cribs, strollers, clothes, blankets and books -- that their children, Brandon, 6, and Colleen, 4, had outgrown. They also bought some larger hand-me-downs for their growing kids.

On May 8, the family will be showcasing a couple of old La-Z-Boy chairs, a kitchen table, more baby clothes and some of Ms. Baker's unwanted apparel.

"I enjoy getting out there and bargaining," said Ms. Baker. "I figure if someone picks something up, I'll sell it regardless, even if it goes for a buck."

Ms. Baker has discovered that "serious yard sale shoppers" come early.

"They're looking for specific things," she said. "If you've got it, those are the people to sell to, the morning birds."

Customer traffic was fairly heavy last year, causing a minor traffic jam on Murray Hill Road, said Ms. Baker.

To participate in the yard sales and to pick up a purple ribbon, call the village office at (410) 381-9600.

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