SILVER CREEK - It's ready, set and let's go treasure hunting at the Silver Creek-Irving Chamber of Commerce Yard Sales.
On Saturday, Silver Creek and its surrounding area will be full of shoppers looking for that special antique, collectible, appliance, back to school clothes or that "just gotta have it" item.
The yard sales will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Participating homes will offer "Bunches of Bargains" taking place from 3:01 until 5 p.m. Those homes will be designated on the yard sale maps and will be offering reduced prices. The sales take place rain or shine.
Bargains await the discriminating shopper in and outside the village. The Chamber strongly encourages shoppers to purchase the maps to locate these many, many sales.
"Our residents have worked very hard to get ready for the sales," Silver Creek Yard Sale Chairman Sue Briggs said. "If the shoppers do not have a map, they can not determine who is participating in the 'Bunches of Bargains' nor will they find the sales outside the village limits."
Due to the previous success of the $50 Chamber Gift Check prize drawing, the Chamber will be offering the prize again this year. With each map purchase, the shopper will be entered to win a $50 Chamber Gift Check prize. The lucky winner will be drawn at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Gift Check is redeemable at any Chautauqua County Chamber participating member and a list of those Chamber members will be with the gift check prize.
Yard sale maps will be available for 50 cents on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. in the park or at 29 Oak St. to assist shoppers in finding the participating homes. This event is the main fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce. The sale of the maps assist the Chamber in advertising and other costs involved. Net proceeds will be used for community enhancement.
Participants received a "grape" poster with their map number to be displayed in a prominent location the day of the sale. The Chamber requests the shoppers make a special effort to patronize those sales who have properly registered, and also asks that visitors stop by its other local businesses.
Restrooms will be available in the ball park and will be designated on the map.
The Committee has distributed more than 500 posters and 2,000 palm cards at festivals, restaurants, antique stores, estate sales, flea markets and auctions, with ads in the OBSERVER as well. With an increased advertising budget and averaging more than 120 yard sales in the last 13 years, the committee is hoping for record-breaking attendance.
"We welcome one and all to our community and thank the shoppers and the homeowners for making this another successful event," Briggs said.
For more information, contact Briggs, Destinations Plus, at 934-9522 or 934-7334.