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Large local yard sale open to public

If you go

• What: Yard Sale and Craft Fair

• When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Best Friend Park’s gym, 6224 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross

• Cost: Free admission

• For more information: Email Lisa Sharpe at lisa.sharpe@gwinn...

NORCROSS -- Thirty-nine Gwinnett residents have started their spring cleaning early to set up shop on Saturday in order to sell their goods -- new and old -- at the annual Yard Sale and Craft Fair at Best Friend Park's gym.

"I started the event last year for people in the area that can't have yard sales, like those in who live in apartments, but what I'm finding is that other people want to join in, too," Recreation Program Supervisor Lisa Sharpe said. "It's something we do in the community because they can't do it and don't have a place to do it."

Vendors are located throughout the gym with tables and booths selling anything they can, except for food. Food is not allowed in the sale.

"They will be selling general yard sale stuff," Sharpe said. "There will also be some specifics, like gift baskets and jewelry."

Some well-known merchants will have tables set up, including faith-based 31 Gifts, makeup masters Avon and AAA with car help.

Other items for sale are candles, books, magazines, homemade greeting cards, organic instant coffee and more.

All of the vendors are allowed to keep 100 percent of their profits, but the original $20 entry fee is filtered back into the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department.

"Come experience what people in community are selling or trying to get rid of," Sharpe said. "It may be something someone wants to throw away, but it could be someone else's treasure."

Not everything will be sold though. The sellers have a chance to take home the leftover loot or they have another choice: To leave the merchandise behind. The abandoned items are donated to the American Kidney Fund, which will pick up the goods at the end of the day.

The event is free and open to the public.