Eastpointe to host citywide yard sale

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 21, 2021

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EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe will once again be offering residents the chance to turn one person’s trash into another person’s treasure with a community yard sale during a weekend in August.

The Eastpointe City Council approved a motion at its meeting April 6 to allow any Eastpointe resident to host a yard or garage sale without having to register with the city or pay a fee.

“The idea is that residents can have a yard sale that weekend without needing a permit,” explained City Councilwoman Sarah Lucido. “It’s usually a $5 fee, but that will be waived. It’s trying to encourage people to come to Eastpointe and see our city.”

Lucido proposed the measure, and it was passed unanimously at the meeting. This will be the second time the city has hosted such an event, the first time being in 2019.

“We had it a couple of years ago. I brought it up this year because some residents brought it up on the Facebook page,” Lucido said. “We couldn’t do one last year because of COVID, but I think the situation has shifted so that it can be done safely and responsibly this year.”

The measure seemed popular with city officials who voiced their approval for having such a sale.

“It’s a very good opportunity for people to clean out their garages and sell what they want to while others can come and buy things that they need,” said Eastpointe City Manager Elke Doom. “It’s a positive event all the way around for the community.”

The dates will be Friday, Aug. 20; Saturday, Aug. 21; and Sunday, Aug. 22.

“It will be the third weekend of August. It will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Lucido said. “The last one was 2019. We wanted to have this on a regular basis, but COVID put a stop to that. We’re hoping to make this an annual tradition now.”

There will be no cost to take part and no need to register. However, this means there is not yet any plan for an official list of participating sellers.

“People don’t need to register or join in,” said Lucido. “We will advertise it on Craigslist, and we may be putting a master list of people who want to sign up on the community residents Facebook page.”

The previous citywide yard sale proved popular with residents.

“I made about $120, and I thought people were enjoying themselves,” said Eastpointe resident Helen Preforio. “I think grouping them all together makes it much easier to find sales, and it means the sellers have more people coming by to look at things.”

While concerns about COVID-19 continue, Lucido hopes that by August, enough people will be vaccinated that any risk will be minimal. She still advises those taking part to take safety precautions until health officials such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially announce that it is safe not to take precautions.

“I’m hoping that by August that the majority of people who want to get vaccinated are vaccinated,” she said. “I still recommend people use masks if they participate either as a seller or buyer and social distance. We want to make sure people are safe.”