If last Saturday's abundance of yard sales around Seminole Heights seemed coordinated to you, your observation was correct. The Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association's Great Neighborhood Yard Sale commenced under a clear fall sky, and speckled the area with 25 mini bazaars from 7 a.m. to the early afternoon.
Ann Delach, coordinator of the day's largest yard sale at St. Paul Lutheran Church, said business has improved since the church merged its yard sale with the OSHNA event in 2007. “There's more traffic,” she said. “(OSHNA) has more
clout, and better publicity for these events.” Still, the church got an early start and opened its yard sale on Friday, filling its education building with member vendors. Outside in the parking lot were spaces for 10 private vendors.
Delach estimated the church made around $780 each day, not counting what the private vendors made.
Among them, Lola Betancourt and her mother, Aracely Aguiar, said they made $70 as of noon Saturday.
“My mom is downsizing,” said Betancourt. “She wants to make a little extra money to buy presents for the grandkids for Christmas.”
Larry Rueff, who ran a yard sale with his wife Louise at their 1212 E. Clifton St. home, said they sold half their stuff by 1 p.m. Saturday. “We'll make close to $400 by the time we get done,” he said.
Each yard sale participant was charged $5 to join the Great Neighborhood Yard sale, and get a spot on the event's map that OSHNA distributed from the Seminole Heights Library.
Yard sale participants had the option of donating unsold items to LifePath Hospice of South Tampa.