It may not be fall, but it is time for another Tallapoosa City-Wide Yard Sale. The annual event, usually held in the fall and sponsored by the Tallapoosa Business Association, is doubling up. This year the city will see two yard-sale events, as an additional City-Wide Yard Sale will be held Saturday, April 28, and will be sponsored by the Tallapoosa Downtown Development Authority.
Tommy Allen, owner of Allen’s Florist and President of the DDA, said the fall City-Wide Yard Sale has been such a success and residents enjoyed it so much that they requested a second event in the spring. Local organizers were more than happy to grant their wish.
“People have a good time and enjoy it,” Allen said. “It also gives [businesses in] the city the opportunity to make a little money, and it brings a lot of people into town.”
Each year, the city sees roughly 1,000 to 2,000 people turn out for the annual yard sale to browse the 100 or so individual sale locations. Though this is the city’s first attempt at a spring yard sale, Allen expects similar participation due to the popularity of the fall event as well as the fact that the Highway 78 yard sale will be going on the same day.
“We’re not officially a part of that yard sale,” Allen says, “but, hopefully, the two will be able to feed off each other.”
The spring and fall annual yard sales is something Allen and Tallapoosa Business Association President Randy Sanders, owner of Sanders Insurance, hope to continue as part of a growing partnership between the two organizations.
“It’s an ideal partnership,” says Sanders. “The DDA brings in new businesses, and we help fill their businesses with customers.”
The Business Association is currently making a renewed push for membership.
“We are just trying to generate interest, get some new businesses in town and make them aware of what’s going on and get them involved in the meetings.”
The Business Association meets the first Monday of every month, when its 20 or so current members talk strategy, events and fundraisers.
“Getting people to support local businesses is what it’s all about,” Sanders said. “All we do is try to help local businesses, they’d be crazy not to join.”
Allen and Sanders agree that local downtown events greatly aid downtown businesses.
“Things like the City-Wide Yard Sale and Dogwood Festival are tremendous days for us,” Sanders said. “Bringing people into downtown is what business is all about. The more people you have in town the greater chance you have of people visiting shops and making cash registers ring locally.”
The City-Wide Yard Sale will last all day, with some bargain hunters and sellers hitting the streets as early as 7 a.m.
“People will be set up all over town,” said Allen. “People can either set up in their own yards or set up in town – but only if they get the permission of the property owner.”
Anyone wishing to set up on city property needs to call City Hall at 770-574-2345 to ask permission.
For more information about joining the DDA, call Allen at 770-574-2482. For more information about joining the Business Association, call Sanders at 770-574-8686.