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Annual area yard sale successfully connects community

MADAWASKA, Maine — Community members from Grand Isle to Sinclair opened up their garages and set their treasures on their yards to be scouted out by shoppers during the fifth annual Community-Wide Yard Sale over the weekend of June 8-9 in the Valley.

This year, 50 people participated in the annual event hosted by Madawaska Chamber of Commerce, according to Chamber Director Jenn Collin.

“Even though this is my first year putting this on, I wanted to make sure we continue with it because it helps bring the community together by getting them outside to meet their neighbors of the area,” Collin said.

Participants signed up to host a yard sale at their homes, businesses or even local churches. The fee to sign up was recycled back into the advertising fund for the annual event. The chamber also provided maps on their website to show the locations of the sales.

“The whole idea behind this event is to bring shoppers to the communities that the Chamber represents,” the website says. “These shoppers not only spend money at the garage/yard sale, but stop to get gas, eat at local restaurants and shop in local stores. It’s ‘shop local’ at its most basic example and is what your local Chamber is here to do.”

Shanna Lagasse opened up her doors to shoppers over the weekend for the “good opportunity” to not only make money, but to reconnect and make new friends.

“Everyone says hello. You get to get out and meet new people and say hello to people you haven’t seen in a while,” she said. “It also gives us an opportunity to make a good amount of money in a short period of time.”

The annual community-driven event is already on the docket for next year.

“I’m happy to see that our community is doing it and makes for a good reason to get everybody out and about and to sell their things,“ Lagasse said. “The more we can do for this community the better.”

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