By Chris Lisinski
TOWNSEND — Deal-seekers and collectors in Townsend will have an entire day to hunt for treasure among the trash of others during the first-ever town-wide yard sale this spring, an event that will also raise money for the Kids Kountry Playground.
On May 7, dozens of homes will hold simultaneous yard sales across Townsend, and organizers will hand out maps listing each location as well as specific items available at each sale. Those maps will be available at both 99 Main St. and also 36 Ponderosa Drive, the day’s two “starting points.”
Cindy Schuster, who created a Facebook group for the event, said she is “thrilled” that the town will get its own edition of a town-wide yard sale.
“I know on any given nice day in this town, you’ll see five or 10 yard sales on the main drag (in Townsend),” she said. “Even if we only have a handful (of homes), it’ll be fun for the people who want to get out and do it.”
Several neighboring areas, including Pepperell and Westford, have been hosting such organized yard sales for years. In that time, several Townsend residents have expressed an interest in bringing one to their area, which finally motivated organizers to set it up.
“I’m psyched because every year when Dunstable does it and Pepperell does it, I can’t wait to go,” Schuster said. “It’s really, really fun.”
The sale will begin at 8:30 a.m., and each house will decide when it closes for the day.
Schuster is also attempting to raise money for the Kids Kountry Playground, for which she is the coordinator. She is asking — but not requiring — shoppers to donate $2 per map and homeowners to donate $10 when they sign up.
“This year, we’ve got a few things that we’d like to do and we’ve got a wishlist a mile long,” Schuster said about the playground. “The fence needs repair – somebody backed into it … We’ve got to get a couple more signs. I’d love to get electricity at the playground eventually … We definitely need some more picnic tables.”
Schuster is also working to get local businesses to donate items to the yard sale. Her hope is to create a “treasure hunt”: donated items will be scattered among participating homes, and any shopper who picks one up and sees a sticker indicating it was donated can keep it for free. Those businesses will be listed on the map as a form of free advertising.
So far, about 20 homes have signed up to participate, though Schuster expects that number to grow. Anyone who would like to include a home on the map must email her at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15. She asked that homeowners give a general overview of some items they will offer.