For years I've wondered what to do with the old, unwanted sporting goods, toys and household items cluttering my basement. A yard sale is not very practical out here in the country, where my closest neighbors are cows.
But now I have a solution: the Mount Pleasant Community Yard Sale on April 16.
It's a great opportunity to get rid of your stuff, buy some new stuff and support an excellent cause, all at the same time.
The idea for a community yard sale came from the Mount Pleasant Tigers Relay For Life team, led by Julie Stephenson at Mount Pleasant Middle and Ashley Rapier at Mount Pleasant Elementary.
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I think it's genius.
For $20 you can rent a space in the front parking lot at the middle school on N.C. 49. You provide the table and the items to sell - a simple and easy way to get rid of your unwanted treasures.
But it's even better than that: Because your rental fee is actually a donation to the American Cancer Society, it's tax-deductible. And, you keep 100 percent of the profit from your sales.
Stephenson and Rapier are counting on two things - the visibility of the middle school and its role as a center for community sports on Saturday mornings - to bring lots of shoppers to the yard sale.
Not only have they heard from folks like me, looking to unload the spring cleaning detritus, they said, but they've also been renting space to various craftspeople.
The sale will begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon, rain or shine. In case of bad weather, the sale will move from the parking lot to the school's covered central quad.
The Community Yard Sale is just one fundraising effort of this new Mount Pleasant Tigers Relay For Life team, which combines elementary and middle school teams that were separate last year. Since they're all working toward the same goal, Rapier said, they decided it only made sense to join forces.
Both schools have been participating in a variety of ways.
At the middle school, students have been able to buy permission to wear hats on designated days. The proceeds go to the Relay For Life team. At the elementary school, teachers pay to wear jeans.
A teacher at the elementary school was diagnosed recently with breast cancer, so the desire to make a difference is stronger than ever.
Students will sell bracelets, donate items for the yard sale and even join the team at the Relay For Life event May 14 and 15.
Supporting Relay For Life is an easy way to join the battle to cure cancer. And one of the easiest ways to support our Mount Pleasant Tigers team is to participate in the Community Yard Sale on April 16. Contact Julie Stephenson (Julie.Stephenson@cabarrus
.k12.nc.us) to reserve a space or for more information.
Then plan to sell, shop or both for a good cause.