With weekend weather patterns heading for higher digits, yard-sale buffs are dusting off their running shoes and planning, thanks to record gas prices, on getting the most bang for their yard-sale buck.
A series of much-anticipated citywide yard sales kick off this week with events slated for every corner of the Rogue Valley. Sales range from simply being declared a "fee-free" day by city officials to more structured events, with community groups offering special meals and events for kids.
On Saturday, Talent will kick off this year's sale season with a citywide event, sunup to sundown. All residents are encouraged to host a sale and a map of early registrants will be available beginning May 3 at City Hall, Tark's Market and the Talent Post Office.
A special plant and bake sale will be held by the city's garden club and Talent Chamber in Tark's parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 535-1566.
From May 16-18, Central Point, Phoenix and Shady Cove will hold simultaneous citywide sales, and the Eagle Point Golf Course Community Sale will round out the mix.
Shady Cove's sale will be held May 16-17, sunup to sundown, with a community fair of sorts set up through downtown, including sidewalk shopping and barbecue lunches.
On May 17 only, the Phoenix "Yard Sale Fair" will double as a community celebration, including food from Roscoe's BBQ and a fire safety trailer hosted by Fire District 5 (behind Jack-in-the-Box). Friends of the Library and the Phoenix Family Garden Club will hold a joint book and plant sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new Phoenix Library and yard sale maps will be available at the chamber office, Bass outlet and Edward Jones after May 14. Details are available at phoenixoregonchamber.org online.
Also on Saturday, May 17, the Central Point Citywide Yard Sale will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sales maps will be made available Friday, May 16. Call the city's Parks and Recreation Department at 664-3321, exts. 261 or 263, for more information.
Going for all three days, the Eagle Point Golf Course Community Sale is slated from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18. Details are available by calling 621-0059.
On June 7, tiny Butte Falls will host its annual flea market in the park. Sale time is sunup to sundown, and residents who host a sale in the park, at the center of town, are encouraged to contribute a flat $20 participation fee or 10 percent of sales, whichever is less, to support community groups.
From June 20-22, the Rogue Valley Manor's Annual Sale will take place at the Medford Armory. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday with 50 percent off all leftovers. Admission is free for anyone under age 12 and $2 for everyone else.
On Sept. 13-14, sending the season out with a bang, historic Jacksonville will hold its sale, which draws visitors from near and far each year, running "9 a.m. to whenever," according to chamber officials. For details, call the chamber at 899-8118.
Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at email@example.com.