CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Whether you are looking for a good used bicycle or a collectible stuffed Beanie Baby, quilts and crafts or maybe just some good used dinner plates, the 81 registered residents and 40 or so more who have table space at the East End Yard Sale can probably help.
The annual Saturday before Mother's Day tradition continues from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with its 23rd annual installment.
A nifty color-coded map, available at the yard sale's "headquarters" on the Board of Education parking lot at Elizabeth Street is worth picking up. It lists all the registered residents, who also offered a quick summary of the wares they are selling.
While not every seller pays the modest fee to register, all are encouraged to do so, said Ric Cavender, executive director of East End Main Street, sponsor of the event along with the East End Community Association. Proceeds benefit East End projects.
Cavender said the event has become so popular it now has a sponsor -- an East End corporate neighbor, Old Colony Realtors. Thanks to the company's financial help, organizers were able to print enhanced and colorful maps.
The map can help power shoppers plot their day, with clearly marked addresses on the wide yard sale area. It encompasses Kanawha Boulevard to Hansford Street north to south and Brooks Street to Greenbrier Street east to west.
Shoppers are likely to get hungry and thirsty and sellers are there to help with that, too. Some individual residents will have bake sales and sell beverages. The Board of Education parking lot also will set aside an area for local restaurants planning to serve food for the Taste of East End from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.