Tired of looking at that old exercise bike in your basement? Donate it or sell it yourself at the Monkton Townwide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 16, which is being sponsored by the Monkton Community Coffeehouse.
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., hundreds of people will be cruising in Monkton looking for deals.
This event will be the kick-off for Monkton Day, a full day's schedule of community events:
•Townwide yard sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Monkton Firehouse and at participating homes all across town to benefit the Coffeehouse.
•A flowering plant and bake sale, 9 a.m.-noon, at Monkton Friends Meeting House to benefit the Monkton Methodist Church.
•Monkton Boy Scouts will host a spaghetti dinner and auction, 5-7 p.m., at Monkton Central School to benefit the Erik Davis Fund.
•The Rumpledethumps Square and Contra Dance will be held 8 p.m. at the Monkton Firehouse to benefit the restoration of the boro schoolhouse.
"You don't have to do anything but sign up and set up. It's easy," said Coffeehouse member Jonathan Corcoran. "It's just $10 to be a part of the yard sale and you don't have to be from Monkton to participate."
The yard sale is a fundraising event for the Monkton Community Coffeehouse. Corcoran said vendors are welcome to donate some of their proceeds as well.
"Everyone is welcome to support this new venture," said Linda Anderson, the town's yard-sale coordinator. "Here's how it works. Similar to other towns, Monkton will have a map available at the general store, the library and the post office showing all the yard sale locations. Each driveway will have a bright flag as a marker. To make it fun for the kids (and big kids), each yard saler will be given their own stickers, which children can then collect, place on the card and return to the fire station. All cards will go into a drawing and the one that gets picked at random will earn the owner a $10 gift certificate to the Monkton General Store."
"This is a way for people in Monkton to connect," said Corcoran, "and come together in our vision for a place for people to meet."
Monkton has 30 vendors with the total growing daily. Anderson emphasized, "There's still plenty of space; anyone can sell from their home or get a table at the fire house."
The Monkton Community Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2007 by a group of Monkton residents who wanted to create a gathering place for the community to come together. They have hosted community conversations, picnics, dances and Monkton musical jams as they continue their search for the appropriate property in town.