Eclectic yard sale at Yarmouth library

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It’s back and bigger than ever – the Yarmouth library massive yard sale and jewelry sale for Adopt-A-Book. The event is in the library program room and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, and 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. All proceeds will go toward Western Counties Regional Library’s 2012 Adopt-A-book campaign.

Library clerks Karen Doucet and Susan Young with a few of the yard sale items that will benefit the Adopt-A-Book campaign.

There are over 80 cartons of items ranging from computer equipment to collectibles, vintage items such as lava lamps, eight-track cassettes and player and framed prints.

“People were very generous,” says library clerk Susan Young, who is organizing the event with co-worker Karen Doucet. The duo and their team of volunteers revived the Adopt-A-Book yard sale in 2010 because there hadn’t been one since 1996.

There have been so many items donated, says Young, that the volunteers will be replenishing the tables throughout the sale. She emphasizes that the items are priced to sell.

She gives special mention to a carved schooner, brass and pewter ware, books, puzzles, CDs and LPs, and pieces from the Fenton Art Glass Company, the largest manufacturer of handmade coloured glass in the United States.

There is an eclectic array of items, adds Doucet.

“We have some items that we just don’t know what they are,” she says.

In addition to the yard sale, Nancy L. Goodwin will be selling some of her fine jewelry and donating the proceeds of any sales to the Adopt-A-Book campaign.

Young and Doucet believe the sale will attract people to the library, raising interest in and awareness of the Adopt-A-Book campaign. The campaign puts new books on the library’s shelves and runs from April through June. Its goal is to have 1,000 new books adopted for the library’s 10 branches or approximately $30,000 worth of new material.

The volunteer effort makes a profound impact on the Adopt-A-Book campaign, says Ian White, public relations manager at the library.

“The last sale done by this dedicated group of volunteers brought in over $2,000 in 2010 for the library’s most important fundraiser,” he says. “It couldn’t come at a more important time, considering the cuts to funding that have occurred in the past few years.”

For more information on the yard sale or the Adopt-A-Book, contact library clerks Karen Doucet or Susan Young at 902-742-5040 or visit The library is located at 405 Main St. in Yarmouth.

Organizations: Fenton Art Glass Company

Geographic location: Yarmouth, United States

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