Free is always better than cheap

We had our first yard sale the summer I graduated from college. It was such a hit that during the morning, my mom and I went into the house and started pulling out more items to sell.

That was 31 years ago next week.

That was the year I learned people will buy anything if it’s cheap enough.

The following year I furnished my apartment completely from yard sales. I bought a couch  for $25 and end tables for another $15. The tables didn’t look that bad but the yellow couch needed a cover over it. Bought the cover at a yard sale, too.

I still hit yard sales here and there, especially when I am searching for just the right piece for an exhibit at the West End Fair.

What’s better than cheap? Why free, of course.

Chestnuthill Township’s and Close the Loop LLC will be coordinating a give -and-take day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Chestnuthill Township Park on Route 715 in Brodheadsville. This is part of the township’s Earth Day celebration.

You can leave items and take new ones. Or just leave items and back quietly away.

Here’s how it works. Take your reusable items between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Note the word reusable. This is not a day to dump your garbage. Volunteers will be posted to make sure you don’t.

Then you can take away anything you want from 1 to 4 p.m.

Examples of what you can bring: furniture and household goods, pots/pans, books, CDs, DVDs, toys, bric-a-brac, bikes, plants, kitchenware, garden tools, furniture (must be in good shape), gently used clothes.

Examples of things that will not be accepted: electronics, TVs, computer monitors and tires. 

For information or to volunteer, call 570-629-8414; additional information can be found at  

There you have it. You can unload some nice items, save the environment, and help someone. Or help yourself. It’s a win-win situation.

If you don’t have junk (excuse me, gently used items), you can have all kinds of fun at the Pocono Environmental Education Center’s 17th Annual Earth Day Family Festival.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, the festival will include family-oriented hands-on learning stations, sustainable living ideas, and environmentally-friendly products, businesses, and much more.

Bring cotton shirts, socks, pillowcases, and other items to be tie-dyed with your very own colorful design. PEEC T-shirts will also be available for purchase.


Admission to the festival is $5 per carload for all programs and activities.  You can’t beat that for a day of entertainment and proceeds from the festival will benefit PEEC’s Youth and Family Education Programs.

Visit for more information.

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