As sure as the pear blossoms and afternoon showers have arrived, yard sales are starting to spring up around the Rogue Valley.

As sure as the pear blossoms and afternoon showers have arrived, yard sales are starting to spring up around the Rogue Valley.

Every year, local communities and a few organizations host citywide sales to lure yard sale fans to their corner of the valley.

For sales close to downtown, area businesses do sidewalk sales and offer special deals to get in on the fun.

Some cities even offer lists or maps of sale locations while others simply declare a whole town sale. Unless otherwise noted, citywide sales come without yard sale permit fees for municipalities who usually charge for one.

Some cities also host clean-up and drop-off days to help residents to get rid of unwanted items that don't sell.

A pair of cities — Gold Hill and Eagle Point — are offering two sales this year.

This year's list:

April 28: Up first with a sale this weekend, the city of Central Point is hosting its citywide sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A published list of sales will be made available at the doors to City Hall, on Saturday.

A cleanup event will be held the following Saturday, May 5, at the nearby Jackson County fairgrounds. Residents can drop off unwanted items to agencies including Rogue Disposal, the Lions Club (old eyeglasses), Southern Oregon Goodwill, Schnitzer Steel and Biomass.

For residents who can't wait a week, a Salvation Army trailer will be set up from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, near the city skate park at 405 South Fourth Street.

May 4-6: The 12th Annual Eagle Point Golf Course Community sale will be held the first weekend in May. This year's sale times are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

To find the sale, take Shasta Avenue east off of Highway 62 at the south end of Eagle Point, then turn east on Alta Vista. Watch for sale signs on Eagle Point Drive, RT Jones Boulevard, Arrowhead Trail, Glenwood and all side streets and cul-de-sacs in between.

May 12: The city of Talent will host a coordinated effort, complete with a map that will be available the week before the sale at City Hall, Tark's Market, the post office and downtown laundromat. To have a sale listed, call City Hall, 541-535-1566 ,by April 30.

May 19-20: A two-for-one weekend for yard sale buffs, Shady Cove and Phoenix will offer a sale the third weekend in May.

The city of Shady Cove will draw yard sale buffs alongside the Rogue River for a two-day event, "sun-up to sundown." No maps will be provided but sale hosts are encouraged to put out signs.

Near the other end of the valley, the city of Phoenix will host a one-day citywide sale the same weekend. Contact the Phoenix Chamber for additional events or to have your sale listed, 541-535-6956.

June 9-10: A second sale for residents of Eagle Point, the Eagle Point Community yard sale is open to any residents who wish to host a sale.

June 15-17: A favorite for locals each year, the Rogue Valley Manor's annual sale, put on by residents, will be held in the Medford Armory. Official sale times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A "half-price sale" will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17. The sale offers household goods, ranging from linens and lamps to electronics and furniture, clothing and jewelry. For more details, call 541-857-7366.

Aug. 3-5: A first for the tiny gold rush town, the city of Gold Hill will host two sales this year, starting with one in the first week in August. The sale is "sun-up to sundown" and advertising is up to residents who host a sale.

Sept. 8-9: The Jacksonville Chamber will host one of the valley's more popular sales, one that floods the city with buyers every year.

Citing issues with recent sales, city officials emphasize that the sale items may be offered by city residents and businesses only and parking laws must be followed. Details, www.jacksonvilleoregon.org.

Sept. 15-17: Six weeks after its first summer sale, and hopefully in cooler temperatures, the city of Gold Hill will host a second town sale. The sale is casual, and residents can do a sale for as little or as long as they like during the three days.

Sept. 28-30: A third sale for Eagle Point, and the second for the golf course community off Alta Vista Road, a fall event will take place the final weekend in September.

The same neighborhood (see directions above) will host a three-day sale, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at buffypollock@juno.com.