wyeyardsaleLast week Wye residents may have noticed a number of posters appearing on lamp posts and village noticeboards advertising a community ‘YARD SALE’ on July 21.

They may also have noticed that they have for the most part been taken down.

The reason for this apparent volte face is because no-one knew who was organising the event. There were no contact details on the posters. And some of the posters had upset Kent County Council (KCC) because they’d been placed on KCC  property (lamp posts).

I was not the person who put up or took down the posters but I do know who these people were. The reason that the event ‘organiser’ didn’t supply a name or address was because 1/ they are busy and 2/ they felt that it was an event that didn’t require much oversight or coordination.

The idea is that if you have any old things to sell, you can just put them out in front of your house, sell them to passers-by, and bag the money to help pay for the gas bill, the violin lessons or the trip to Majorca.

So you’d be in charge of your own sales. You keep the money. It is only a community event in the sense that we’d all be doing the same thing at the same time.


Joep Zander at nl.wikipedia

I like this idea. The Dutch do it throughout their country every year on the Queen’s Birthday on April 27 (see picture). Wye Cycle used to do something similar here at the village hall when they held a swap day.

So I have agreed to have my name and number put on the posters as a point of contact and the posters should reappear in the next week or so.

In agreeing to have my name put on the posters, I am not acting as a parish councillor but as a private individual. (ie. The Parish Council has not discussed this event.)

Please everyone be aware that you conduct your own sales at your own risk. You are strongly advised not to sell things of high value in this fashion. Unscrupulous dealers have been known to target such events. If in doubt, don’t sell.

If you choose to raise money for charity, you are free to do so. However please contact the charities concerned in advance of the sale.

Good luck!

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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