The streets of downtown West Point will be lined with gently used items for sale by residents and sale items from businesses Saturday.
The Downtown West Point Community yard sale on March 30, sponsored by the Women of West Point group, will give residents the opportunity to find new homes for items they no longer need or want, as well as get to know fellow Pointers.
Businesses such as Divin’ Off the Dock, Anchors Away Antiques & Collectibles and West Point Antiques will also sell items outside their stores for reduced prices.
West Point resident Hillary Scarbath, who is from Williamsburg but has lived in West Point since August 2016, had been thinking about having a yard sale to clean out some home items in her house.
“I’m always redecorating our home, so I have a ton of extra home décor stuff that we no longer use,” Scarbath said. “I also have some wedding stuff to get rid of since my husband Derek and I got married in November.”
Scarbath also thought selling her unwanted items would be great a great way to get some extra money for their honeymoon trip to the Dominican Republic next month.
Scarbath posted on the Women of West Point Facebook group to see if anyone would be interested in a town yard sale.
“People were interested and wanted to start spring cleaning,” Scarbath said. “Then it just grew from there. Emily Mann made the flyer and Melissa Anderson with the ‘I Love West Point, Va’ Facebook page made the Facebook event to get the word out.”
Not only does the community yard sale help purge people’s homes of unwanted items, but it also gives them a chance to connect with their neighbors.
“We don’t know many families in downtown West Point. We know our direct neighbors but not everyone close around us,” Scarbath said.
Fellow West Point resident Emily Mann also thinks the event could draw people from out of town.
“It’s a good opportunity for people to come here and discover West Point, find some new stuff and shop local,” Mann said.
Mann said she is working on a map marked with stars that will be put out on the day of the yard sale for people to see which houses and businesses are participating.
Scarbath said she thinks downtown West Point is the perfect place for a community yard sale.
“Every house is next to each other. You can park your car and just walk around,” Scarbath said. “We can also put out directional signs for houses uptown having yard sales, or have families bring their items to a home or business downtown to sell.”
Families looking to sell unwanted items can also request yard sale space at Town Park — 325 8th St. The Indian Rivers Humane Society/4 Paws Thrift Store will sponsor use of the park on behalf of the Women of West Point group.
Resident Lisa Hornsby organized the effort so families in uptown West Point can use space in the park for the yard sale, as well as provide a set up for portable restrooms in the park for yard sale goers.
Space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and residents can reserve space by commenting on any of I Love West Point, Va’s announcement posts in the Downtown West Point Community Yard Sale Facebook event page.
Hornsby said there is no limit, but she will track reservations to make sure there is enough space for everyone and that it’s not overcrowded.
The fee for having a space is a donation to the Indian Rivers Humane Society, and the collection jar will be placed at the entrance to the park.
Each participant is responsible for providing their own tables and types of set ups to display yard sale items. Participants are also responsible for cleaning their area after the sale. The Spaces in Town Park are for yard sale participants only, no business vendors are allowed.
If any items are left at the end of the sale, participants should consider donating them to the 4 Paws Thrift Store, according to Hornsby.
“This is to bring both sides of town together so everyone can participate together as a community,” Hornsby said.
Jason Colley, owner of Anchors Away Antiques & Collectibles, said he thinks the yard sale is a great way to support the town.
“We want to help bring West Point back to life, to get the community involved and build downtown back up to its former glory,” Colley said.
The store will have multiple families and vendors set up outside Friday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) with all proceeds going to the store to fund an addition to the building planned for this summer.
“We are excited to build our business and meet more community members during the yard sale,” Colley said.
Any residents or businesses in town are welcome to participate in the community yard sale, according to Scarbath. She said she knew of 21 houses participating, with some having multiple families holding yard sales at one house, as of March 25.
Town Community Development director Holly McGowan said she thinks the yard sale has potential to be an annual town event.
“The Community Yard Sale started off as a small downtown event in a few yards that has turned into a large community event that will bring people to the Town of West Point,” McGowan said.
To learn more about the community yard sale and get updates, go to the Facebook event page ‘Downtown West Point Community Yard Sale,’ by I Love West Point, Va.
The yard sale is respectively from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
» Divin’ Off the Dock: sale items in the store and on lawn outside of store. 417 6th St.
» Anchors Away Antiques & Collectibles and Achilles Foot and Ankle Center Inc.: sale on flash sale items (Anchors Away) 417 8th St.
» West Point Antiques: two sale tables on sidewalk outside of store, one 50 percent off and a $1 table. 706 Main St.
» The Blue Crab of West Point restaurant: 10 percent off to anyone who visits the restaurant and mentions the yard sale on March 30. 620 Main St.
» Historical Society of West Point: open 8 a.m. to noon and selling regularly priced archive and museum items. 709 Main St.
» West Point Pamunkey Regional Library: books on sale in community room by the group the Friends of the Library, noon to 2 p.m., 721 Main St.
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