Berryville busy this weekend with yard sale, block party

Posted: September 12, 2013

The Winchester Star

Berryville — Downtown Berryville will be hopping Saturday between its annual townwide yard sale and a big block party held on Liberty Street.

The bi-annual Berryville Yard Sale will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with more than a hundred tables set up to draw in several thousand bargain hunters.

And the second annual Celebrate Thy Neighbor Community Block Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around 17 Liberty St.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Yard sale

More than 100 vendors have already registered to set up tables and booths at Saturday’s event to sell everything from antiques to secondhand goods to new items, said Jay Arnold, a board member for Berryville Main Street and a member of Berryville Merchants, the organizations that sponsor the events.

Another yard sale is held each spring, and the two days are usually some of the busiest all year for the town, he said. This is the eighth sale since 2010.

“A lot of people like yard sales,” he said. “When they mark down Berryville, they can come and see a lot more because they can park once and see all these yard sales.”

Vendor spaces are $5 for a sidewalk location or $20 for a 12-by-12-foot space. Vendors provide their own tables.

The event attracts vendors selling clothing, handmade crafts, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, antiques, toys, holiday decor, tools and more. No food vendors are allowed since another goal of the day is to increase sales for downtown restaurants and businesses, he said.

Many of the restaurants are among the 41 sponsoring businesses that cover the costs for the yard sale, he said.

The Clarke County Farmers Market at 20 S. Church St. also gets a boost as people out looking for bargains sometimes shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, sauces, meats and other items, he said.

“It helps Berryville Main Street to do projects we do. It helps businesses. It helps the farmers market,” Arnold said. “It is well-rounded and helps out a lot of different people.”

To set up and register, contact 540-313-7467 or  info@bvmerchants.com.

Block Party

Six churches will come together to put on the community block party, which was started last year to help people from different congregations get to know each other, said Loretta Allison, event co-coordinator. About 300 people attended the first event.

Members of Grace Episcopal, St. Mary’s Memorial, St. Luke Baptist, Zion Baptist, Berryville Baptist and Berryville Presbyterian churches will host the event, which will include food for sale, games, face painting, music and other entertainment, she said.

“It is being more aware of other denominations because we are all doing the same thing,” she said. “Why not coordinate and try to get along with other churches.”

The event will have a fall theme, decorated in pumpkins and chrysanthemums from Nalls Farm Market, Allison said.

A DJ will provide music, but a platform is available for people who want to sing or dance, she said. There will also be a waterslide, dunk tank, moon bounce, face painting, corn hole and Bingo games.

“We sing together, we dance together, we pray together. We have fun when the ministers drop into the dunk tank,” Allison said. “It is a wonderful day of people sharing fun and celebrating our neighbors.”

Valley Health will be on hand to offer wellness checks.

Food for sale will include hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, fish, chips and popcorn. Water and snow cones will be free.

People are also asked to bring canned goods to donate to a local food bank.

For more information, contact Allison at 540-955-4217.

— Contact Laura McFarland at lmcfarland@winchesterstar.com