Chance to declutter, recycle and reuse everything – including the kitchen sink
26th June 2019
THE third annual town-wide Yard Sale in Tunbridge Wells proved once again to be very large and successful free community event, which also benefited a variety of charities.
The event, which was held on June 15, is like a car boot sale, except vendors sell their unwanted items from their front gardens or driveways.
Participants registered their stall and selling address on the website twyardsale.co.uk with some information about what they had on offer.
They were then plotted on an interactive map, which visitors to the town could use to plan their route for the day. The event ran from 10am to 4pm.
More than 120 stalls participated in this year’s yard sale, mainly households but also a few shops got involved, and charities set up stalls to help with fundraising.
Organiser Ingrid Pope said: “It was another really successful and fun day all around town.
“This year we saw a number of stalls in Langton Green and Rusthall get involved too for the first time, so the word is spreading.
“Most stallholders took the opportunity to declutter their homes, selling children’s items, household goods, books and DVDs, games, sporting equipment, homemade goodies – and even a kitchen sink!”
She added: “The idea behind the event remains to encourage recycling and reusing, as well as engaging the community.
“In these uncertain and divided times, people more than ever want to be able to connect with others, neighbours or passers-by, and just have friendly chats. And there were plenty of those going on.”
Imago was the yard sale’s charity partner for the year. Based in Monson Road, it acts as an umbrella organisation for a range of services that promote and facilitate social action and empower communities.
Another charity, Soroptimist International, was also an official sponsor of the event, and for the first time stalls were set up in Market Square off Camden Road.
Ingrid described how the running of the event was becoming increasingly well-honed.
“We learned last year that the participants really valued the pick-up service at the end of the day, so we organised it again for Saturday,” she said.
“We had three vans on the road from the Heart of Kent Hospice and the British Heart Foundation collecting all unsold and unwanted items at the end of the day. They were very grateful for all the donations, which they will be able to sell from their charity shops.”