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Road residents to resume charity sale

After last year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus, residents of Lower Park Road in Hastings have revived their annual secondhand sale in aid of charity, as Chris Connelley, one of their number, explains.

In summer 2018, a couple of neighbours on Lower Park Road got talking over the garden fence and found they both they had tons of unwanted ‘stuff’ in their lofts and basements that would go down a storm at a car boot sale.

We all know the kind of things: abandoned toys, workable household items displaced by the fickle vagaries of fashion and clothes that were once the acme of current cool but are now approaching vintage status.

They both agreed, though, that the effort of organising themselves to turn up at a distant drizzly field at dawn on a Saturday morning was just too great.

Which got them thinking of alternatives and gave birth to the idea of bringing the boot sale to their street, right in the centre of town opposite popular Alexandra Park.

The notion of a Lower Park Road Yard Sale was born and from small acorns a giant oak grew as another 40 plus households eagerly signed up to get involved.

Some offered to make cakes and sell food; others were involved in marketing and publicity, others put on music and in the course of organising the launch event, many neighbours became good friends.

The day came, the sun shone, and hundreds of visitors turned up to make the most of a truly magnificent range of goods and some great bargains on offer.

The event proved so popular that residents decided to bring it back for a second outing in 2019, and, on Saturday 3 July, after a fallow year in 2020 due to the covid pandemic, it is back for a third outing, from 11am to 4pm, when we can expect something even bigger and better.

So, spice up your Saturday, pick up a bargain, help the planet and give some fabulous old goods a new home. You’ll also be supporting this year’s nominated good cause, Warming Up The Homeless, which will benefit from the day.


3rd Lower Park Road Yard Sale Saturday 3 July, from 11am to 4pm. See you there.

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Posted 16:51 Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 In: Local News

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