The Hippo


Jul 16, 2019








 Upcoming yard sales

Here are a few upcoming community yard sales happening in southern New Hampshire.
• Arlington Street United Methodist Church (63 Arlington St., Nashua) will hold a yard sale on Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Visit or call 882-4663 for details.
• Join the Church of the Transfiguration (1 Hood Road, Derry) for its annual yard sale on Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit or call 432-2120.
• Epping Community Church (4 Pleasant St., Epping) will hold its annual yard sale on Saturday, June 9, from 7 to 11 a.m. Visit or call 679-5542.
• Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church (25 Main St., Peterborough) will hold a yard sale on its front lawn on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit or call 924-6245.
• The town of New Durham’s Parks & Recreation Department will host a town-wide yard sale on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maps of each participating location will be available at several locations across town, including the New Durham General Store (3 Old Bay Road), the Town Hall (4 Main St.) and the Public Library (2 Old Bay Road). Visit
• There will be a community yard sale and vendor extravaganza on Saturday, June 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jewett Street School (130 Jewett St., Manchester) to raise money for the Manchester Eagles. Visit

Yard sale treasures
Tips for yard sale shoppers and sellers


 By Matt Ingersoll
Yard sale season is in full swing, and whether you’ve recently done some spring cleaning in your home or you’re moving and want to get rid everything quickly, a yard sale can be a great way to clear all of your clutter and make a little extra cash doing it.
“I think the magic of yard sales … is that there are so many great things out there you can find for people not to buy new,” said Jason Hackler, co-owner of the New Hampshire Antique Co-Op in Milford, who has attended yard sales all his life and regularly conducts appraisals on yard sale items.
If you’re thinking about having a yard sale this summer, or you are itching to get out as a shopper for some great yard or garage sale deals, check out these tips to ensure your shopping or selling venture is a successful one.
For the seller
Depending on what city or town you live in, the regulations that apply for residential yard sales differ, but permits are easy to acquire. Manchester, for example, allows up two yard sales per calendar year, with a $5 fee for each one. Other communities may not require permits, and other special regulations may apply in certain neighborhoods, according to Hackler. If you’re unsure about what your town or city’s rules are, you can check the town website or call town hall.
Hackler said establishing exactly what it is that you want to sell and figuring out how you’re going to advertise are important steps.
“I think Craigslist or Facebook are great ways to [advertise], and I also think street corner signage is really smart, but you don’t want to put that up too early,” he said. “It’s dangerous if you put it up a few days or a week before, because you’re going to have people coming by wanting a sneak peek. You really want to wait until the morning of the sale to put it up, if you can.”
Hackler said you should be careful about how much cash you have on hand, and having enough people there to help out with sales is also crucial.
“Make sure you’re not doing it by yourself, and it kind of goes without saying, but don’t let any people into your house,” he said.
Kathy Bosk of Peterborough, who manages a Facebook group for postings of yard sales statewide, said to make sure you have prices displayed for every item you are selling.
“Just be honest with people about what you have for sale and be available if someone has any questions,” she said.
Besides selling and buying items, Hackler said yard sales are fun ways to interact with and meet people, and to get kids involved.
“It’s a great thing to do with kids because it gives them an understanding money and a little bit of business,” he said. “I always love it when you see a kid set up a yard sale selling lemonade or cookies or something. … It also gives kids the sense and the empowerment in understanding the importance of recycling, and how something that may be junk to you could be someone else’s treasure.”
If you don’t have a yard or a space for your own sale, several towns across the state hold community- or town-wide yard sales throughout the year, which will offer rates based on how much table space you require or how many items you are selling.
For the shopper
If you’re planning to spend a Saturday morning on the hunt for deals at yard sales near you, Hackler said it’s best to establish what he calls a “plan of attack” in finding them.
“Try to develop a route, bring cash and have both big and small bills,” he said. “Be prepared to negotiate a little bit if you need to, but also understand that a lot of times, people are pricing things just to sell them quickly. And oftentimes, if you don’t act quickly in making a purchase, there is usually someone right behind you who will buy that item. So decisions do sometimes have to be made very quickly and on the spot.”
He added that what you are going to a find at a yard sale — and the listed prices associated with each item — are all dependent on the individual venue.
“Typically in a yard sale format, folks are never pricing things too high. It’s more like a ‘let’s get it out of here’ type of price,” he said. “You might see examples of folk art, you might see furniture or old toys or appliances. It all depends on what the seller is trying to achieve with the sale.”
How much is it worth?
Whether it’s an item you bought at a yard sale or looking to sell at one of your own, there are free options you can consider to find out how much something is worth. Hackler said the New Hampshire Antique Co-Op offers free appraisal services for a wide variety of items, yard sale finds included.
“Someone might have a question as to the value of something, and they’ll come with it and we’ll evaluate it, or they will send me photographs beforehand,” he said. “We also have a way for people to submit photographs on our website to us via one of our email accounts.”
Hackler said oftentimes the really exciting thing can be when items that are appraised turn out to be much more valuable than the yard sale shopper or seller had anticipated.
“That’s what the quest and the reason why everyone is going to these yard sales and picking out their plans and plots, isn’t it, is for finding that ultimate hit,” he said.  

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