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Community Marketplace

May 4 event expected to draw 2,000 to UA

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The Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its third annual Community Marketplace May 4.

More than 20 Upper Arlington area businesses and restaurants, as well as approximately 100 other residents and nonprofit groups, are expected to participate in what has become a community garage sale of sorts.

The Community Marketplace is organized by the chamber and provides a single day in which businesses will offer special sales and other promotions while residents, charities and other groups sell used and donated items.

Although proceeds from sales go to individual businesses and other Community Marketplace participants, those who register with the chamber will be included in both paper and electronic maps to help prospective shoppers find deals throughout the city.

According to event organizers, the Community Marketplace is expected to bring more than 2,000 people to the community.

"There is truly something for everyone, and even a way to recycle, reclaim and reuse furniture and other household items," said Edie Blough, chairwoman of the UA Area Chamber board.

"It's a win-win scenario for the homeowners, local groups, retailers and those coming to UA for bargains," she said. "May 4 will be one terrific day to be in UA."

Registration to sell items in affiliation with the event can be completed online at uachamber.org. Additional information about the Community Marketplace also is available on the website, or by calling the chamber at 614-481-5710.

The cost to register is $5 for individuals and businesses that are chamber members. Non-member businesses can register for $15.

In addition to being included on maps, yard signs for the Marketplace -- while they last -- will be distributed to event participants.

"It's a really innovative way of connecting shoppers with our residents and local businesses," UA Area Chamber President Becky Hajost said. "The event encourages the promotion and support of Upper Arlington business and has an entrepreneurial spirit for individuals and nonprofit organizations.

"The event continues to grow. We had just under 130 participants last year."

Hajost said the chamber's Ambassadors Committee has spread the word about the event to local businesses and, as of last week, 23 had signed on to participate.

She said shoppers can canvass residential areas for garage sales and get insight on the local housing market.

"When you bring additional people into the community, that helps local businesses," she said. "There's also so much goodwill we're trying to share because this does support a lot of local charities and nonprofits."

Beginning at 9 a.m. May 4, the chamber will be handing out maps and other information related to the Community Marketplace from its offices at 2152 Tremont Center.

Sales will go on at participating businesses, organizations and homes throughout the day.

From approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., representatives of Two Men and a Truck also will be stationed at the Tremont Center to take away any unsold items and deliver them to area Goodwill sites.

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