Yard sale success but it has to come to an end...
On the 16th September 32 houses and 9 indoor stalls at the leisure centre had signed up to take part in the 5th Hadleigh Community Yard sale ran by Clarke's Events. The idea is that stall holders paid £6 to hold a sale in there garden or if not buy a pitch at Hadleigh pool and leisure. The money made on pitches is then used to advertise the event. Advertising was 10 x A3 boards around hadleigh. A4 & A3 posters, maps and listings, 200 x A5 flyers, Facebook noticeboard posts (around 20 different pages around suffolk area), EADT newspaper, Sudbury today (Suffolk freepress) newspaper, Town 102 radio, Radio Suffolk, Ipswich 24 magazine which is delivered around Suffolk and free in most supermarkets around Suffolk, Facebook free and paid advertising going out to about a 40 mile radius of Hadleigh (about £40 before the event and £25 on the day & free ads online paid advert. As you well as this lots of planning happens to plot the sales, prepare the map and sellers packs, post
All the packs by hand to save money plus make sure on the day the leisure centre is manned for the 9 inside stalls.
As you can see a lot of hard work goes on to put this massive event on which is for the benefit of Hadleigh. This event is not for profit gain as I've lost money on all these events as I do it to get people to come to our town and to put events on. On the posters I have put unofficial sales will jeopardise future events which this time has happened. I cannot stop people from having a yard sale in their gardens but it's angered me this has happened the same day as I have advertised the event and people have taken advantage of the situation especially after official stall holders have paid their way plus I have paid over £40 extra what I made to advertise the event. Due to this happening I will no longer be holding the yard sales again. I would like to thank all the stall holders who have held sales in the past, Keith Avis Newsagents for helping with the map and printing. Not forgetting Hadleigh Pool and leisure for being supportive and letting me use their fantastic community Hall.
I would just like to say for many years I have helped put events on in Hadleigh like craft fairs, carnivals not forgetting the Christmas lighting up event but I hope people understand how downhearted you can get when you put all your effort and energy in to things then it's spoilt by a few people. The yard sales brought people from Bishop Stortford, Norwich, Felixstowe and even lots of visitors said it was nice to see a town doing events like this. It's a shame that this has to come to an end as the event was becoming popular. Don't worry more events will be planned but for this I will need sponsorship behind me.
Where has it been advertised?
10 x A3 boards around hadleigh.
A4 & A3 posters, maps and listings,
200 x A5 flyers with also HADS auditions on
Facebook noticeboard posts
(around 20 different pages around suffolk area)
Sudbury today (suffolk freepress) newspaper
Ipswich 24 magazine Page 8 (delivered around suffolk and free in post supermarkets around suffolk)
Facebook free and paid advertising going out to about a 40 mile radius of Hadleigh (about £40 before the event)
free ads (paid advert)
Comments I have had
Amy Nichols said "We have been involved in the last two yard sales, it is much easier than your normal car boots & have really enjoyed seeing Hadleigh come together as a community, the hard work of Trev Clarke has made this possible to happen"
Tracey Loynds chief executive for south Suffolk leisure says, "we are delighted to be working in partnership with Trev for Clarke’s events. The community yard sales have been growing and offering those without a yard a place to sell from was a great idea. It’s not to late to book a pitch at Hadleigh Pool and leisure."
Sarah Dawes said "This is a fantastic idea for the residents of Hadleigh. My girls are looking forward to selling their unused toys and clothes and making homemade lemonade and cakes! so come and visit us on oxford drive."