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The minute she laid eyes on it, Sally Flory-O’Neil knew she was taking it home: a brand new, 3-foot-tall cat scratching tree for just $10.
“It was an incredible find,” Midtown resident Flory-O’Neil said. “They usually sell for $80 or $90.”
Treasures of all shapes and sizes will be waiting for bargain hunters at the Boulevard Park Neighborhood Association’s annual yard sale in Midtown Saturday.
The sale starts at 9 a.m. on the 22nd Street median between F and G streets and wraps up at 1 p.m., according to the BPNA Park Beat newsletter.
BPNA member Pat Cosentino said more than two dozen families donate items to the annual sale, so there will be a wide variety of items for shoppers to discover.
Cosentino is the designated “treasure keeper” leading up to the event, and neighbors use his six-car garage to collect and store items for sale. He starts storing the items about two weeks ahead of the event, and more treasures roll in as the day draws nearer.
“By the weekend before the sale, my truck no longer fits in the garage,” Cosentino said.
For sale this year are items ranging from a large leather sofa to new rubber garden boots and everything in between, Cosentino said.
“We’ll have furniture and and glassware and knick-knacks and doodads for everyone,” he said.
But don’t wait until the last minute to go check it out.
“Everybody and their cousin comes to the sale,” Flory-O’Neil said. “They get there while it’s being set up and just keep coming. People just kind of descend on it.”
The event is BPNA’s largest fundraiser, and money collected is used to publish the association’s monthly newsletter, make grants to local organizations and finance neighborhood events including an annual holiday party and spaghetti dinner.
For more information, or if you have something to donate to the sale, contact Asha Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Corker is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Twitter @MelissaCorker.