Be a part of Woodhaven's biggest yard sale
by Ed Wendell
Aug 20, 2014 | 661 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Josephine Wendell and Maria Concolino, who is holding the map from last year's yard sale.
Josephine Wendell and Maria Concolino, who is holding the map from last year's yard sale.
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A multi-family yard sale from last year.
A multi-family yard sale from last year.
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By popular demand, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will again be sponsoring “The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale” on Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, September 28).

Last year over 60 families participated with a good number reporting sales of well over $100 (with a few reaching even loftier goals), and this year we’re aiming for 100 participating households. If you would like to be one of those households, you can register for free by emailing the WRBA at info@woodhaven-nyc.org or calling and leaving a message at (718( 296-3735.

For those of you not familiar with the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale, here’s how it works: instead of scattered households all over the neighborhood holding their yard sales by themselves on different dates, a large group of us hold our yard sales collectively on the same day.

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association advertises the yard sale far and wide, and we distribute maps of Woodhaven with little flags indicating all of the yard sale locations.

And for those who are interested in taking it to another level, we publish a blog a few weeks ahead of time where people can advertise some of the items they plan to be selling.

The maps encourage people to come to Woodhaven because they know that there are going to be plenty of yard sales to check out. Last year, we received reports of people coming from New Jersey and Connecticut to browse the goods put up for sale by residents.

In one case we had a person come from Maspeth by bus, take all the stuff he bought home, and then come back on the bus to check out other sales.

Another advantage of the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale is that you don’t have to walk around town, illegally putting up flyers advertising your individual sale. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will advertise your sale for you by including it on our map and, if you wish, on our blog.

Last year, my wife and I visited about three-dozen different yard sales and found some great stuff. We tended to look for clusters of flags on the map, indicating concentrated areas where we could hit five or six houses on the same block.

We heard the same strategy from other shoppers, so if you want to boost your potential for sales, try to create your own cluster by asking your neighbors to join.

Now that you’re sold on the idea, let’s repeat how you can become part of the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale. You can register by sending an email to info@woodhaven-nyc.org or by calling and leaving a message at (718) 296-3735. You can also register online at projectwoodhaven.com.

There is no fee to register, but you are required to give us your name and phone number (in case we need to reach you) and the address where you will be hosting your yard sale (it must be in the 11421 zip code).

We will put a flag on the map indicating your location, but we do not put your address or any other information.

Now, even if you’re not planning on participating, we do hope that you’ll also help us advertise this event by word of mouth. Tell your neighbors, tell your family. And tell your friends in Richmond Hill and Glendale and Ozone Park and beyond to come to Woodhaven for the biggest yard sale of 2014.

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will hold its next town hall meeting on Thursday, September 18, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 89-02 91st Street. All are invited to attend.

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