Anyone who enjoys garage sales should come to Flossmoor this Saturday.
About 20 homes have signed up for Flossmoor’s community garage sale, taking place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11 at various locations around the village.
“The focus of the sale is to get the people of Flossmoor to upcycle the things that they would have otherwise thrown away,” says Mary Steinmetz, who has hosted a neighborhood garage sale in the Flossmoor Park area for 25 years.
Saturday’s event is the second of two village garage sales this spring; the first took place May 7. Based on this year’s initial success, Flossmoor’s Community Relations Committee is planning to make the village sale an annual event.
Steinmetz’s actions are heavily influenced by the upcycling movement sweeping the country. Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless and/or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
After deciding to spread the garage sale to the village level, Steinmetz got help from her neighbor, Kathy Shannon. Steinmetz initially spread the word about the garage sale on Nextdoor, the neighborhood social network. This soon caught the attention of Flossmoor village officials.
Community Relations Committee member Maggie Bachus said Flossmoor has long wanted to do a village-wide sale because many towns in the area are heading in that direction.
The village itself didn’t have plans for a community sale but took notice of Steinmetz’s initiative and helped her with promotion. In the future, the village plans to take the lead in continuing the community-wide sale, Bachus said.
”What we plan on doing in the next couple of years is to continue with Mary and grandfather it as a village event,” Bachus said. The committee plans to promote the event as a relationship-builder between neighbors.