The Northside Community Yard Sale | Looking Forward

On Saturday, August 9th, from 9am to 2pm, please join us in the green space behind Django Western Taco (along Blue Rock at the corner of Hamilton), where you’ll find this year’s central location. We’ll have maps so you can locate your shopper-welcoming neighbors, smiles to help with whatever mother nature presents us with, and excited wishes of “Happy Hunting!” to help put you in the mood.

northsideYardSale1If you’re new to Northside or happen to work weekends, you may not be aware of one of the community’s institutions — The Northside Community Yard Sale. For many years C.A.I.N. (Churches Active In Northside) located on Hamilton Ave did a great job of coordinating this event the same weekend as “Corridor 127,” also known as The World’s Longest Yard Sale. For 10+ years, their volunteers put together a yard sale map so neighbors could find each others’ wares, trinkets and furniture. They also opened their parking lot to community members looking to participate in a central yard sale location, which is more in tune with the Corridor 127 event.

After many years of success, the group found the event difficult to relate to their overall  mission and noticed the planning was becoming a bit cumbersome to handle amongst all of the great work they were doing for the community, especially during the summer months. When they made the tough decision to pass the torch, the good folks of Building Value (another great Northside organization) realized they had the space to keep the event alive, so over the past few years they’ve been putting in the long hours to organize and promote the event. Still, it was never a perfect fit for the group, so this year the community yard sale was once again passed on to whomever would take it on — via The Northside Community Council.

As one of the few members of the Northside Community Council board with experience hosting and producing large-scale events in Northside and surrounding areas, I took on the responsibility of accepting the torch, with the understanding that I’d be making it into more of a PAR-Projects experience in an effort to loop it into our annual offerings. And for those who don’t know, PAR-Projects is the organization that’s been working to build an art & education center for Northside, out of repurposed shipping containers. You may have noticed our #MakersMobile shipping container gallery space floating around and/or heard about our recent land acquisition.

Familiar or not, with this article, I’d simply like to invite you to join us for the re-birth of The Northside Community Yard Sale.

On Saturday, August 9th, from 9am to 2pm, please join us in the green space behind Django Western Taco (along Blue Rock at the corner of Hamilton), where you’ll find this year’s central location. We’ll have maps so you can locate your shopper-welcoming neighbors, smiles to help with whatever mother nature presents us with, and excited wishes of “Happy Hunting!” to help put you in the mood.

Per usual, we’ll also be hosting some of your eclectic neighbors, but this year a few highlights from outside of Northside such as the “Big SIS” tent (of Rosie Kovacs & Jessie Cundiff) will be joining us and featuring fanciful hand-me-downs as well as pricing options that will allow your dollars to benefit one of their favorite non-profits, Dress for Success! There may even be a few surprises like a live DJ and art-inspired  takeaways from PAR.

All said, this is our transitioning year so we hope you’ll excuse any missteps we may (or may not) have made along the way. More importantly though, we hope you’ll look forward to the new generation of the Northside Community Yard Sale hosted by PAR-Projects. Interactive maps, art markets, live entertainment and good food are things you can expect us to start integrating into one of our favorite Northside events as the years progress.

For now though, you can stay tuned in at www.NorthsideYardSale.com

Jonathan Sears
About Jonathan Sears (2 Articles)
Artist and designer Jonathan Sears is the Executive Director of Professional Artistic Research (PAR) Projects. As an individual, he’s been studying art his entire life culminating with an MFA degree from The University of Maryland College Park in 2006. These days he looks to build an arts & education center for Northside and help teach practical arts training to teens and adults of our region.
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