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With its light breezes and sun-soaked skies, the season of spring seems the ideal time for that warm weather community tradition known as the yard or garage sale, an event at which neighbors meet to talk and laugh, not to mention buy and sell both practical household items and intriguing hidden treasures.

This spring, two nonprofit service organizations in Hernando County are hosting free community yard sales for the public, as well as a pair of fun, free-of-charge forums for folks to offer wares of all varieties.

At 8 a.m. Friday, April 12th, Weeki Wachee Area Club, 7442 Shoal Line Blvd., is holding a free community yard sale and vendor market. No vendor fees will be charged for this event, though donations will be accepted, with all funds collected going to cover repairs needed at the Weeki Wachee Clubhouse. A nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation owns and operates this clubhouse. Its members are all volunteers who plan and coordinate events to benefit the community and the club. The club relies solely on donations and proceeds from planned events for its operation.
“Tables will be provided if needed. Tent set-ups are welcome,” said Maryann Johnson, President of the Weeki Wachee Area Club. “It’s that time of year for some spring cleaning, so perhaps get rid of some of those unwanted items or declutter Hubby’s garage. Local vendors are also free and welcome to set up and sell.”

Johnson invites the community to “set up early and stay as long as you’d like, or until you sell out. Food and beverages will be available.”

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Write [email protected] for more information about the Weeki Wachee Area Club Free Community Yard Sale.

Also coming up here in Hernando, the Win the Day Foundation’s Community Garage Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at The Krueger Center, 392 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Participation in this sale will incur no vendor fees, although donations to the Win the Day Foundation will be accepted.

Win the Day Foundation is a nonprofit organization “with the sole purpose of serving its community. Working with various organizations and networking with individuals identifies needs and gaps in social services and provides for them in the best way possible. Emphasis may include but not be limited to the needs of senior citizens, foster care parents, children with disabilities, front-line workers, the military, farmers, truck drivers, and small business owners.”

Many of the organization’s senior services and special events are offered through the center, a community center named in honor of Bill and Ody Krueger, the late parents of Keith Krueger, Win a Day founder.

“This will be our first community garage sale,” said Nikki Bell, operations manager at The Win the Day Foundation.

Bell feels that this sale will offer a vast variety of quality merchandise at reasonable prices.
“People are struggling,” she said. “They can come here and get a variety of items, from household items to sports gear, at low prices.”

This event also offers many benefits to eager exhibitors. “Some people live in neighborhoods where they have HOAs and other rules that prevent them from hosting yard sales,” said Bell. “This is a place where they can bring their sales items and offer them at a site where we’ll have a lot of traffic come through.”

“And while they’re here,” she added, “they’ll see everything we have to offer here at The Krueger Center.”

Those who wish to join in and sell their treasures at the Community Garage Sale can contact 352-293-4738.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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