Opp downtown yard sale starts at 7 a.m.

Published 11:59 pm Friday, March 20, 2009

Downtown Opp will be hustling and booming this Saturday as it hosts the first “downtown yard sale” from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The sale will be located in the parking lot behind Salvage Sisters and next to the Wachovia Bank in Downtown Opp. Robin Herz, owner of Salvage Sisters, said she expects 90 different vendors to participate in the event.

“There will be antiques, little small items, home décor; there’s probably people who are cleaning out their houses and garages and will be selling some of that stuff,” she said. “I’m sure we’ll have items for ladies, men and children. We’re looking at beautiful weather and the parking lot should be full so it should be a great time.”

The event is sponsored by the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, which helps fund several beautification projects in the city — most notably renovating the roof on the old train depot and maintaining the fountain.

“Probably our major project is the Opp Fest in October,” Herz said. “We’re just trying to promote Opp and promote the downtown area. Our main push is to keep it clean and fresh and exciting and try to get people to ‘shop Opp first.’”

Herz said the yard sale will have a vendor who sells coffee in the morning and hot dogs and other refreshments later in the day. Vendors paid a $10 rental fee for a 10-by-20 foot space, and will keep all the proceeds from their sales Saturday.

“All the vendors will get to keep their own money, bring their own tables and chairs,” she said. “We’re just basically providing them a place to bring their stuff, and also giving them some great company.”

Herz said feedback has been extremely positive, and future yard sales are planned.

“This is actually the first event like this that we’ve done, but the response has been so great that we might try to do even more in the future,” she said. “I’m thinking at least one in the fall, and maybe in a future yard sale we might try to make it a two-day event. Hopefully it can continue to grow the more we do it.”