East English Village gets ready for garage sale

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published August 7, 2015

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DETROIT — The East English Village Association will host an annual tradition in the neighborhood — the community’s garage sale event.

This year’s garage sale will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 15-16. Residents can participate for a $5 daily registration fee. They’ll get signs and balloons to identify their homes as garage sale participants so shoppers can easily find the homes taking part in the sale.

“We had over 50 homes participate in recent years,” East English Village Association representative Maureen Dritsan said in an email. “We have lived in the community for 23 years and cannot remember a year when the EEVA Garage Sale did not take place.

“In the past, we have had a variety of items ranging from small household goods, toys, jewelry, furniture, artwork and even beautiful wooden doors, stained glass windows and chandeliers,” she said. “One year, a resident was selling old 45 records. It definitely varies with each event, but always a treasure or jewel ‘in the rough’ can be found.”

It may be a great way for shoppers to pick up some unique items, but the event is also a good option for residents looking to shed some items that they no longer need.

“It’s a great way to clean out and start anew with regard to decorating or making room in the garage or basement for all the things you want to keep but have little room for,” association President Bill Barlage stated in his message in the association newsletter.

The Friends of the Alger Theater are hosting a sidewalk sale as a fundraising event Aug. 15 to coincide with the garage sale. The organization is raising money to restore the theater at 16451 E. Warren Ave., which dates back to the 1930s. They want to create “a welcoming destination for arts, entertainment and education,” Dritsan said.  

The sidewalk sale will include several activities. 

“Setting the scene both inside and outside the theater, local artists and business vendors will promote their many creations, products and services,” Dritsan said. “Cuisine from local restaurants will be available for purchase. A treasure-filled tag sale also will take place that day with items donated from the community.

“This would be an excellent opportunity to visit and appreciate the beautiful homes and landscaping within East English Village, as well as discovering the magic of the neighborhood’s Alger Theater,” she said.

A map of participating homes can be picked up at 4240 Kensington or any participating home during the event. For more information, call Kathy Roddie at (313) 882-1646.

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