WRBA hosts annual Woodhaven yard sale
by Patrick Kearns
Sep 20, 2016 | 3650 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Map of participating residences.
Map of participating residences.
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A selection of Jeff Blenkinsop's hammered aluminum collection.
A selection of Jeff Blenkinsop's hammered aluminum collection.
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The annual Great Woodhaven Yard Sale returns on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., when residents set out their wares and shoppers scour the neighborhood for bargains and one-of-a-kind treasures.

"Residents and visitors from other neighborhoods have provided very positive reviews of this event,” said Vance Barbour, director of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association. “We expect lots of people to sell items they no longer need and lots of buyers to come away with something they can enjoy."

Jeff Blenkinsopp, a 30-year resident of Woodhaven, is one of approximately 100 sellers participating in the event. He'll have an extensive collection of unique, hammered aluminum pieces for sale, with average prices between $10 and $20.

Blenkinsopp explained that his collection started when his wife's aunt gave he and his wife their first piece many years ago.

“We had one piece and we liked it, it was kind of nice,” he said. “And then, as you're going around yard sales you'd see another piece and go 'oh that's pretty as well,' so you buy a piece.

“We didn't realize how much we had until we were getting it together,” he added.

When he and his family where on vacation, they would stop in antique stores and buy more pieces and over time amassed a large collection. Blenkinsopp even became familiar with the manufacturers and different designs.

“You get more and more information about it, and then you realize there's some beautiful and well-designed pieces,” he said. “It's almost like collecting mass-produced artwork.”

Some of his favorite pieces that will be for sale are Everlast aluminum trays and Wendell August Forge pieces.

For Blenkinsopp and other sellers, the annual sale is not just a chance to unload extra things laying around the house, but a chance to recycle some treasured items among members of the community.

“If we can recycle it and people can use it and enjoy it visually, I think it's a win-win for everyone,” he said.
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