September is cleanup month in Woodhaven with an upcoming weekend offering you two great opportunities to rid yourself of some of the things that are cluttering up your life.
One event gives you an opportunity to sell off some of your excess items and another helps you discard of some “hard to get rid of” items and recycle them.
First up is The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale, a neighborhood-wide event in which dozens of families hold yard sales in Woodhaven on the exact same day. All participating households register with the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and are listed on maps that are widely distributed.
Last year, over 80 households participated with shoppers coming from neighborhoods all around Queens to hit the streets of Woodhaven looking for bargains. This year’s Great Woodhaven Yard Sale is taking place on Saturday, September 23 (the rain date is Sunday, September 24).
“By signing up with us, you’re going to benefit from the foot traffic we can drive to your house,” says Martin Colberg, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association. “We’ll do all the advertising for you, you just have to register and wait for the customers to arrive.”
You can register for the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale by calling (718) 296-3735 and leaving your name and address, but make sure you do so quickly so your house will appear on the map.
And here’s a helpful tip: it has been our experience that houses that appear on the map in clusters see more foot traffic than single homes, so speak to your neighbors and see if you can get a few of them to sign up as well. Shoppers who see a cluster of homes close together on a map are more likely to visit.
As a bonus, if you are out looking for bargains that day, stop by the International Food Fair that All Saints Church is hosting on 96th Street and 86th Avenue. Between the yard sales and the food fair, September 23 makes for a great day to walk around Woodhaven.
And Sunday, September 24, is the annual Fall Recycling Day at the George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive. This event, which takes place twice every year, is sponsored by State Senator Joe Addabbo and Assemblyman Mike Miller and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Items that will be accepted for recycling are clothing and textiles, coats, bedding, linens, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags. All items must be clean and dry.
Electronics will also be accepted, including computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, televisions, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, wires, power strips, chargers, cable boxes, fans, air conditioners, telephones and VCR tapes.
Please note that this does not include kitchen appliances, so no toasters or microwaves.
The Recycling Day is also a great opportunity to get rid of confidential papers or old mailings that you have laying around the house. So many instances of identity theft begin with a piece of confidential mail carelessly thrown away.
Gather them all up in a bag and bring them to Forest Park. All paper items will be shredded while you watch to ensure your privacy and safety.
They will also be accepting residential-type carpeting and foam padding. Household goods including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes will also be accepted, as well as donations of books and old eyeglasses. If you have any questions, please call Assemblyman Miller’s office at (718) 805-0950 for more information.
We hope you’ll be able to take advantage of these two community events to clear away some space in your home.