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Sign Up Now for Bolton’s May 5 Town-wide Yard Sale

Sign up by April 16 to be on the map!

Bolton residents are invited to take part in Bolton’s ninth annual Town-wide Yard Sale (TWYS), scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Pouring rain” date is Sunday, May 6. This year, sales will take place both at participants’ homes and at the centrally located Bolton Town Common. the application to sign up is linked below.

Sponsored by Bolton Local, the TWYS has been described as “the ultimate recycling event,” as well as an activity to engage the community.  Now is the time to sign up to be part of this community-spirited day. Download a form (coming below), or get a paper copy at one of various locations around town, including Bolton Bean, The Quilted Crow, Bolton Orchards, post office, senior center, and Town Hall.

TWYS participation cost is just $10 for sign-up forms received by April 16. This gives a seller a spot on the map that will be available online in advance and in several locations around town on the day of the sale to direct shoppers to all the sales. The fee also covers publicity in Bolton and surrounding communities, as well as the cost of the maps. Make checks payable to Bolton Local and return the completed forms and the $10 fee to Bolton Local, PO Box 92, Bolton, MA 01740.  The cost is $15 for forms received after April 16, with no guarantee for your location to be included on the map.

 Would you rather sell from your garage or driveway? To draw traffic to your home, Bolton Local recommends that sellers ask neighbors to participate, to create a cluster of sales in a neighborhood. If you appear to be the only sale in your area, consider taking a 10x10' space at the Town Common, traditionally a high-traffic spot.  Local organizations looking to run a yard sale as a fund raiser are also welcome to reserve a Town Common spot.

 Each seller can also sign up to be a “10 percent house,” committing on the honor system to donate 10 percent of proceeds to a local cause or favorite charity. “10 percent houses” will be noted on the sellers list.

Hints for Yard Sale Success


  • Start looking for potential items NOW and put them aside; leave time for an evening or two to price them.
  • Instead of individually pricing everything, consider marking each item with a colored tag or sticker, with the color representing the price.
  • Or—organize items to be sold into boxes that you can label “Everything in this box $XX.”
  • What sells? Items that are clean, nicely displayed, in working condition and individually priced.
  • Even though the committee advertises the sale on Craigslist, individuals can also advertise (for free)—and can give details about what they’re selling. Your ad can say, “Part of Bolton’s Townwide Yard Sale,” which will help drive people to your place—and to the townwide sale.
  • Consider a “free” table later in the day for items that look unlikely to sell.
  • Don’t take the leftovers to the Transfer Station as trash! Remember—one man’s trash is another’s treasure! Go to the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle link here on the Bolton Local website for ideas about where to donate your yard sale leftovers.

Lynn Dischler,
Mar 28, 2018, 2:03 PM