If you’re hoping to be a part of next month’s community-wide garage sale—and help preserve a piece of village history—you’ve only got a couple days to sign up.
The garage sales have been a attraction for five years. Typically, the village organizes two sales a year—one in the summer, and one in the fall. The summer sale, in early June, saw about 75 homeowners sign up, and hundreds of people hit the streets looking for bargains.
The fall sale this year is on Sept. 15, 16 and 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those hosting sales can participate on any of these dates, or all of them. If you want to be included in the village’s official map of the sale, and in the ads the village will take out in community newspapers, you need to sign up by Thursday, Sept. 1.
The cost is $10, and all proceeds will go to Montgomery’s historic preservation commission. All money collected will go to preserving Settlers Cottage. The village’s oldest structure, Settlers Cottage was built around 1840 by Montgomery’s founder, Daniel Gray. It was slated for the wrecking ball in 2003, but a group of preservationists convinced the village to save it.
It now serves as a museum, and the historic preservation commission has been tasked with funding its upkeep and restoration.
The garage sale this year is set to coincide with the village’s annual fall clean-up, which takes place on your regular trash day the following week, so items left unsold can be easily disposed of.
For more information on the community garage sale, call Debbie Buchanan at 630-896-8080, ext. 1114.