Westport Kelly Ecker has worked for the past five years to help make the Lakeside School yard sale a success.
Now, she and other members of the Westport community are coming together to bring that same success to a town-wide version Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27.
“I love yard sales,” Ecker said. “I go to a lot of town-wide sales and have been organizing the Lakeside sale, which is one of two large fundraising sales held in Westport on Memorial Day weekend along with the Depot Theatre sale.”
Ecker said having yard sales throughout the town during the first weekend when summer visitors and residents start to return to the area would allow the community to promote itself.
“It is a wonderful way to bring people into Westport and show them what the town has to offer and also have people stay longer in town,” Ecker said. “People can come to Westport and see how great it is and know what we have to offer.”
Ecker said maps of the town with the locations of family and business yard sales will be available at Ernie’s Market, Everybody’s Market, the Inn in Westport and the Westport Hotel and Tavern starting a few days before the sales.
“They will list all of the local sales as well as the ones that are being done by businesses,” she said. “We will also be having some special events, like children’s yoga on Saturday on the front yard of the Heritage House.”
There will also be chances to win different prizes by visiting as many yard sales as people can.
“On Saturday, anyone who comes and goes to all of the yard sales that are listed on the map can enter to win a $50 gift certificate from the Westport Hotel and Tavern,” Ecker said. “There will also be other prizes throughout the weekend.”
The deadline for registering a yard sale with Ecker is Sunday, May 20. She said they currently have about 20 yard and business sales that will be displayed on the maps, and are always looking for more.
Those interested in having a yard sale placed on the town wide map can contact Ecker via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.