‘Lightening my load at home’: South Wilkes-Barre sale goes on despite heat

By Marcella Kester - For Times Leader
Mary Jo Hromchak, of South Wilkes-Barre, hunts for items during Saturday’s yard sale. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Nancy Jedik, of Plains, looks at jewelry during Saturday’s yard sale at the Gordon Ave Soccer Complex put on by the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association and the South-Wilkes-Barre Skyhawks soccer club. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Michele Bellis, of Hanover Township, hangs clothes at her stand during the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association community yard sale Saturday morning. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Lee Klemash held a large white umbrella that shielded her from the unrelenting heat as she displayed a variety of home goods and knickknacks at a community yard sale Saturday.

Klemash was just one of 20 vendors who participated in the second sale at the Gordon Ave Soccer Complex this year, held as a collaboration between the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association and the South-Wilkes-Barre Skyhawks soccer club.

“I like lightening my load at home,” Klemash said of why she participates in the sale.

George Brown said he created the residents’ association over two years ago as a way to help bring back community togetherness. With the help of the Skyhawks and its president, AJ Evanoski, the group has been able to create a mutually beneficial relationship through a series of events.

“Everything that we do for the community is free,” he said.

Vendors refused to pull out of the event despite temperatures soaring near 90 degrees by noon. While attendance was reportedly not as high Saturday, Klemash said she was still pleased with her sales, adding nearly all of her gardening equipment was snatched up quickly.

“If it’s hot, people don’t want to come out and buy,” she noted.

West Wyoming resident Jolene King agreed.

The first-time vendor explained that traffic seemed a bit light due to the heat. However, she was still able to sell some of her homemade decals and crafts. King heard about the event on Facebook and enjoyed it enough to plan her return for the final community yard sale July 12.

There are no fees for vendors, and the association doesn’t make any profit. Proceeds from the concession stand go toward equipment maintenance and line-painting for the Skyhawks.

The groups also work together on a free family movie night at the complex on some Fridays during the summer.

The next free family movie night is July 6, featuring “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

For more information, visit the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association page on Facebook.

Mary Jo Hromchak, of South Wilkes-Barre, hunts for items during Saturday’s yard sale.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_ttl070218yardsale-3-1.jpgMary Jo Hromchak, of South Wilkes-Barre, hunts for items during Saturday’s yard sale. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Nancy Jedik, of Plains, looks at jewelry during Saturday’s yard sale at the Gordon Ave Soccer Complex put on by the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association and the South-Wilkes-Barre Skyhawks soccer club.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_ttl070218yardsale-2-1.jpgNancy Jedik, of Plains, looks at jewelry during Saturday’s yard sale at the Gordon Ave Soccer Complex put on by the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association and the South-Wilkes-Barre Skyhawks soccer club. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Michele Bellis, of Hanover Township, hangs clothes at her stand during the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association community yard sale Saturday morning.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_ttl070218yardsale-1-1.jpgMichele Bellis, of Hanover Township, hangs clothes at her stand during the South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association community yard sale Saturday morning. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Vendor: ‘I like lightening my load at home’

By Marcella Kester

For Times Leader