There’s a reason why prospectors traipse over mountains, why collectors haunt flea markets and divers plumb the depths of Hurricane Alley.
It’s the prospect of finding treasure.
It’s what makes programs such as the “Antiques Road Show” so popular. There’s a vicarious thrill watching someone pull some item out of the attic, blow off the dust and have an expert tell them just how much more it’s worth than anyone ever suspected.
Couple that with the innate need most people have for finding a bargain and you have the total spectacle surrounding the 12th annual Liberty Lake Yard Sale, which takes place next Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. all over the many neighborhoods of Liberty Lake.
Last year 17 neighborhoods took part in the annual spring-cleaning event, with more than 250 houses lining up goods for the visiting masses. More than 5,000 maps to the area were snapped up, complete with a list of every participating house with a synopsis of the kind of goods they were offering – an increase of more than 1,500 from the year before.
How the numbers of participants and shoppers will compare this year won’t be known until next week, but organizers expect both to be up over last year, in keeping with an established trend.
Here’s how it works.
Beginning Friday afternoon, at stores and the Liberty Lake Chevron, maps will be available so that treasure hunters can plan where they want to go based upon what interests them most.
There are always plenty of baby things for sale, as well as general household items and toys.
Considering the fact that the neighborhoods are surrounded by three golf courses, there will always be a supply of clubs and bags for sale, and most years see several powered golf carts for sale.
Exercise equipment is another popular sale item, be it weight sets that have fallen out of use or the must-have, get-in-shape-apparatus of several years ago.
The Liberty Lake Library gets into the act by holding a book sale during the day-long shopping spree, and Valley Christian School will hold a fund-raiser in the area as well.
Refreshments are available throughout. You can expect to see lemonade stands in most neighborhoods. If you require something more substantial, the local Kiwanis Club will sell hot dogs and soda at Pavillion Park, as will local Girl Scouts
Traffic can get pretty concentrated, so be prepared to park and walk as you check out the good stuff.
Volunteers from Lakeside Church will be available to help elderly shoppers lug their collected booty to their respective cars, and Volunteers of America will be along to collect any leftovers and put them to good use once shoppers have made their inspections.
And rest assured that the proceeds from this annual event are put to good use in the community. Proceeds, minus the modest cost of publicity, go to help pay for the annual Liberty Lake fireworks show.
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