|Audrey Heindl sells some toys during the Hartweg Ave/Dixie Place street sale in 2012 to raise some souvenir spending money for her summer vacation to Florida.|
Last December, Fort Thomas Mayor, Eric Haas, City Council Members and City Administrator, Ron Dill met for a long-term planning session with the goal of creating a vision for enhancing the city. Many ideas were brought to the table and at least one of those ideas is already coming to fruition as plans for the first city-wide yard sale are underway.
Saturday, May 21st is the date of the sale and it’s time to start clearing out basements and attics.
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Fort Thomas residents will soon be able to register their sale location via the city website www.FtThomas.org. By registering a sale location, residents will be included in a listing and map of all sales happening on May 21st. Yard sale permits will not be required for this city-wide sale. Shoppers looking for a bargain on May 21st will be able to download a list and map showing the location of all sales that have been registered with the city.
Dill said, “This event will provide opportunity for a large scale market outlet for individuals to dispose of unneeded belongings. Details will be updated on the (city) website.”
The yard sale concept was offered to the Fort Thomas Business Association (FTBA) to also participate on that date by creating an initiative for local merchants to generate additional business during the event.
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Many streets and neighborhoods in Fort Thomas already hold their own multi-family yard sales and this city-wide sale expands upon that idea. The Hartweg Avenue/Dixie Place street sale has been happening for over a decade and draws more shoppers than one household having a sale on their own.
Cyndy Jones had organized the Hartweg/Dixie street sale for 13 or 14 years. She and another family on the street paid for the newspaper advertising for the annual sale and posted signage on the day of the sale each year. Last year’s sale was rained out twice and after rescheduling and spreading the word multiple times, she decided 2015 would be the last year she would organize the sale. It became too much hassle.
“The street sale was always so much fun when the kids would get out and sell lemonade and lots of families were out together,” said Jones. “Creating a city-wide sale is such a great idea and it makes it so easy for everyone to participate!”
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