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Turn trash into treasure at postwide yard sale

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Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 4:30 am

Bargain hunters and treasure seekers are encouraged to attend Fort Hood’s Post Wide Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Residents living in all 13 post housing areas can participate. Fort Hood officials are asking residents to bring out items they have in their homes and garages that they no longer use or need. Sales are open to civilian and military residing on and off-post, but no one who lives off post will be allowed to bring items onto the post to sell.

In the past, the annual event attracted more than 100 yard sales featuring clothing, toys, furniture, sports equipment, electronics and more. Since military families traveled the world, the sale items may be worldlier than items found at traditional garage sales.

In addition to helping military families earn some extra money, the goal of the yard sale is to help reduce waste from entering the landfill. The Net Zero Waste Program at Fort Hood wants to close the post’s landfill by 2020.

Several nonprofit organizations are available to pick up donated items. Furniture for Families and the Refuge Corporation accept of new and gently used items. All donations are tax deductible.

“Think of it as a food bank but for furniture,” said Sandra Skinner, owner of Ashley Furniture Homestore in Killeen that operates Furniture for Families. “People in need are referred to us by one of the agencies, such as Families in Crisis, and we issue the donated furniture items to them for free,” Skinner said.

Visitors without a Defense Department decal wishing to shop at the sale will need to stop by the visitor’s center with their driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Passengers also need to show ID at the gate.

To donate items, call Furniture for Families at 254-699-3219 or The Refuge Corporation at 254-681-5274 or 254-371-3421.

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