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’Something that seemed normal’

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Plant club events, yard sales return to the local schedule

After more than a year of COVID restrictions on gatherings and last year’s fire season threw Southern Oregon for a long and unpleasant loop, local plant clubs and yard-sale buffs are rallying to bring back some fun with a steadily growing list of sales this spring and summer.

The city of Central Point plans to host its spring and fall citywide yard sales in partnership with the Central Point Chamber of Commerce this year, and it looks like a record-breaking year is on tap.

Nikki Petersen, special events coordinator for the city of Central Point, said yard-sale registrations were double the norm.

“We have never had more than 95 yard sales register, and as of now we have 198 registered, which is crazy!” Petersen said.

“I think everyone’s been sitting around for a year with nothing to do, so a lot of spring cleaning is being done and people want to get back out there. We’re encouraging local businesses to host sidewalk sales, and food trucks and restaurants to get in on the fun, too.”

Barnstormer’s Vintage Fair broke the ice in late April with the first of its pair of 2021 shows at The Expo.

Shelly Britt, who purchased the event in 2019, admitted a fair amount of anxiety bringing back one of the region’s first large gatherings with pandemic restrictions still largely in place. Britt said the event was set up for staggered admission times and reduced capacity to comply with guidelines.

“Everyone was so excited to get out and do something that seemed normal, even though everything was still 10 feet apart with masks on ... they barely complained,” Britt said.

“We spread out into two buildings so we could social distance, and everyone had a really positive response to having more space in general and not having it be so crowded,” Britt said.

Here’s a partial list of events already on the schedule, starting with events this weekend in Central Point and Talent.

Saturday, May 15: The Central Point citywide spring yard sale will run from sunrise to sunset. Residents can download a list of addresses online, at centralpointchamber.org/central-point-city-wide-yard-sale/

Saturday-Sunday, May 15-16: The Talent Garden Club plant sale will offer everything from shrubs and flowers to veggie starts — including more than 80 varieties of tomatoes — this weekend. In person sales will be offered at Friend’s Church, 50 Talent Ave., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Remaining plants will be available Sunday and Monday, via the honor system, at 55 Talent Ave. For details, visit online, talentgardenclub.com/. The sale benefits students heading into botany and horticulture careers.

Sunday, May 23: The Original Medford Giant Flea Market will be held at the Medford Armory from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, with a range of vendors offering everything from antiques to electronics. Admission is $1 for adults. Kids 12 and younger get in for free. Ticket information can be found online, at southernoregonfleamarket.com.

June 12-13: A sale hosted by the Greater East and SE Medford Community group will take place in mid-June. Residents are encouraged to host their own sales Saturday and Sunday, with a list of addresses being offered on the group’s community Facebook page, at facebook.com/groups/548223739151039

July 24: A sale to benefit medically challenged and senior pups, the annual Oldies But Goodies Yard Sale is hosted by local dog rescuer Donna Jones. This year’s sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24. The rescue is accepting donations (pet-related and household items — no clothing please) through mid-July. The sale will be held at 725 W. 11th St., in Medford. To arrange a donation pickup, contact Donna Jones. Send a text to 541-621-6250, or email, Oldiesbutgoodiesrescue@gmail.com

Aug. 28: The fall citywide yard sale in Central Point is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28. To register or download an address list, see centralpointchamber.org/central-point-city-wide-yard-sale/

Oct. 8-9: The fall Barnstormers Vintage Fair will be held at The Expo Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9. For details, see facebook.com/BarnstormersVF, or barnstormersvintagefair.com

Still to come: The Jacksonville citywide yard sale and the Eagle Point Community Yard Sale have not been scheduled but could be announced at a later date.

Reach freelance writer Buffy Pollock at buffyp76@yahoo.com.