With more than 120 sale locations mapped out on its website and up to 200 more expected to be doing business on Saturday, the 22nd annual Tree Streets Yard Sale is lining up.
Mary Lee Jondahl, a member of the Southside Neighborhood Organization, said tens of thousands of people from all over the region and several neighboring states attend the yard sale annually. Many sellers, and shoppers as well, plan their vacations around the event. And because of the large crowds the sale attracts, for the past two years area first responders have requested SNO select a sale date that does not coincide with the Appalachian Fair, the NASCAR races at Bristol or any other large seasonal events in the area that place a strain on their resources.
For the comfort of the throngs expected this year, a convenience center with portable toilets, bottled water and an on site emergency medical service team will be located under the trees at Veterans Park, adjacent to South Side School on Southwest Avenue. Mitch Cox Construction Co. has donated four portable toilets for the event. Washington County EMS has pledged a crew and vehicle to spend the day at the park. And volunteers from East Locust Church of Christ have volunteered to man a welcome table and hand out bottled water.
Participating Tree Street residents have been preparing for the sale for months and many have spent the past week moving their merchandise front and center. Jondahl said several nonprofit organizations that also take part in the sale have spent the entire year gathering sale items to benefit their programs. “There will be antiques, clothing, household items, some hand crafted items. It’s not an exaggeration when I say, if you don’t find it here on Saturday, it may not exist,” she said.
Among this year’s sellers, the Tree Streets Community Garden and Educational Organization will be in business at 600 W. Maple St. selling items to help support their community garden at West Pine and Spring streets. Gwen Hunter and her friends will host a large sale at 512 West Maple to benefit the PEO Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization for women. Residents of 802 West Locust Street plan to give a portion of their sale proceeds to the Johnson City Community Theatre group. The folks at 801 West Pine will be serving breakfast and a hotdog lunch to benefit the local HIV Network. And a benefit sale for Good Samaritan Ministries is planned at 815 West Pine Street.
On Sunday, Jondahl said, the public is invited to join the SNO in a celebration of the sale’s completion to be held in conjunction with another in their series of Music in the Park events. The free concert will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Veterans Park next to South Side School. Doc Bonhomie, a roots/folk group known for its acoustic instrumentals and three and four part harmonies, will provide the entertainment.
A map of the 35-block sale area bounded by University Parkway, West Walnut and South Roan streets, SNO’s list of all the known sale addresses and more information about the sale can be found online at www.treestreets.us.