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Citywide Tag Sale Comes to Montpelier


by Ashley Witzenberger

MONTPELIER — Calling all shoppers! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 30, for the first citywide tag sale hosted by Montpelier Alive and Washington County Youth Service Bureau. 

This is an opportunity to start spring cleaning and to pass along tired treasures while taking part in a fun and unique community event. The organizers are encouraging citizens, businesses, churches, civic groups, associations and neighbors to plan a sale. Tag sales are very popular in central Vermont and citywide tag sales are wildly successful in cities all over the country. Tag sales can help cultivate neighborhood involvement and promote neighborhood real estate, business and tourism. It’s also another great way to support reuse and the environment.

“When one of our volunteers and downtown store owners, Aly McHugh, brought us this idea, we were immediately on board to help host a fun community event that also gives Montpelier Alive a chance to partner with another great community nonprofit,” said Linn Syz, Montpelier Alive board member.

By registering with Montpelier Alive no later than 5 p.m., May 4, and paying a $25 fee, the coordinators will include the house/location in print advertising and on social media. Locations will also be added to a citywide map distributed to shoppers, and each house will receive an identifying lawn sign.

On May 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, shoppers armed with maps and determination will canvas the city looking for items they can’t live without. Maps will be available in advance as a download or shoppers can pick up maps in downtown stores. On the day of the event, maps will be available at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market, along with bingo cards for another activity around city.

“The tag sale will be the perfect event to help residents shake off this long winter and we’re thrilled to partner with Montpelier Alive to create an event that celebrates the community spirit,” said Nicole Bachand, associate director for the Washington County Youth Service Bureau.

More information and registration forms are available at MontpelierAlive.org and Montpelier Alive/Facebook.

The writer is the executive director of Montpelier Alive.