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Huge yard sale hits Liberty Lake June 8

Sat., June 1, 2013

The annual Liberty Lake Community Yard Sale is poised to launch next Saturday, attracting hundreds of bargain shoppers who will clog the streets with traffic.

The long-running sale took a hiatus a few years ago but it was brought back by the Liberty Lake Kiwanis three years ago. “They had some problems getting volunteers,” said past Kiwanis president Bob Schneidmiller. “After a couple of years of struggling, trying to get help, they just decided they weren’t going to do it anymore.”

Schneidmiller said the Kiwanis were approached by Liberty Lake Splash publisher Josh Johnson, who suggested a partnership. Now the newspaper runs the registration process and puts out a map of all the sale locations. “We do all the physical work,” Schneidmiller said. “The first year was kind of tough because we were new at it. Last year we were a lot better.”

The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8. Maps will be available at local businesses and at the Liberty Lake Portal at Mission Avenue and Molter Road. The Portal will have free food, drinks and restrooms. Large office equipment and furniture will be for sale at the location.

Commercial vendors will be set up along Settler Drive near Pavillion Park. Some yard sales will be set up in the park, which is at Molter and Country Vista Drive.

Shoppers should expect to deal with traffic and difficulty finding parking spaces. “They make some streets one-way,” Schneidmiller said. “There really isn’t any easy solution to that. We just kind of grin and bear it.”

Proceeds from the registration fees benefit the Kiwanis, which in turn uses it to present community programs such as the summer concert series in Pavillion Park. “Probably 95 percent of what we bring in goes back to the community,” he said.

Visit yardsales for more information. The map of sale locations will go live on the site on Wednesday.

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