St. John Valley

Town-wide yard sales across the Valley bring family heirlooms to front lawns

Across the St. John Valley last weekend, people propped open garage doors and laid out books, clothes and trinkets for yard sales. Both Madawaska and Van Buren celebrated an annual town-wide yard sale May 29 and 30. 

From couples looking to downsize to estate sales following a family loss, sales dotted front yards between both towns, as families with young kids and shrewd collectors alike filtered through the collections. 

The sales varied wildly, even between neighbors. On Main St. in Madawaska, Bob Cyr showed off a100-year-old coal-powered iron while next door, Heather Boucher and Nancy Bourgoin sold Paparazzi jewelry. Jim Bosse showed off a convertible Ford LTD he and his wife were selling. In Van Buren, Linda Ouellette sold a handful of her personal crafts alongside clothes, jewelry and her sister’s homemade peanut butter fudge.

At the Madawaska Multi Purpose Center, clothes leftover from the donation drive to support the victims of a tragic apartment complex fire went on sale to the public — the proceeds went to financial contributions to the former tenants.  

Meanwhile, Madawaska’s American Legion Post 147 held a sale to raise money for the Auxiliary Emergency Fund, a Legion-run assistance program to support members of the American Legion Auxiliary experiencing personal crises or natural disasters.

MADAWASKA, Maine — May 29, 2021 — Sisters-in-law Rina (left) and Mary Ann Bosse pose at their indoor yard sale on Saturday. (Hannah Catlin | St. John Valley Times)

MADAWASKA, Maine — May 29, 2021 — Nancy Bourgoin (left) and Heather Boucher stand between their jewelry displays, propped in a front yard during the townwide yardsale Saturday. (Hannah Catlin | St. John Valley Times)

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