This year’s Fall Yard Sale has a different format than previous years due to COVID-19, but Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s goal for the event remains the same: helping military families sell their stuff.
The sale kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday. This year, sales will be conducted at individual homes on the installation, with FMWR providing an online map and directory for shoppers, who can travel from site to site.
“We will publish a list of locations, as well as a map with dots showing the homes where each sale is taking place,” said LoraLee Neubeck with the Installation Wide Events Office. “We will not put (participants’) names on the map, but we will have a key … listing some of the items available at each site. We’re asking participants to list up to five highlighted items to be put on their listing. We’ll go through and number each sale site, and shoppers can go in whatever numerical order they want. All these will be on-post locations.”
The yard-sale map will be posted on FMWR’s website and social media outlets today.
Participants who need to rent tables or other items to set up their yard sale can call the Outdoor Adventure Center at 573.596.4223. OAC has tables available to rent for $7, folding chairs for $2 and pop-up tents for $25.
This will be the ninth year FMWR has held the Fall Yard Sale, which is typically held indoors at Baker Theater. This year, with COVID-19, the old format wasn’t possible, Neubeck said, who added that the new format not only moves the event outdoors but is designed to decrease the amount of physical contact the items have with shoppers.
“One of the things we’ve tried to prevent is people touching the same items again and again,” she said. “(The indoor sale) is really more hands-on than just going to the grocery store — and it’s more difficult to socially distance, especially when (sellers) are trying to help customers with an item.”
Registered participants agree to open their yard sales by 8 a.m., but, “how late they stay open is up to them,” Neubeck said.
Participants are also encouraged to make their sales easily visible.
“You want to set it up in a prominent area so people can see it as they are pulling up,” she said.
While sales of firearms, pets or livestock are prohibited, participants can sell nearly anything else, Neubeck said.
For more information about the Fall Yard Sale, call the Installation Wide Events Office at 573.596.6913.