Upper Arlington News

Community Marketplace slated May 3


The Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual citywide garage sale, which also showcases local businesses, next weekend.

The fourth annual UA Area Chamber of Commerce Community Marketplace will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3.

The event is designed to showcase the local community and its businesses by bringing people in to shop and see what UA has to offer. Those who register with the chamber receive promotional services, including signs and an online map that will help shoppers find sales.

"Residents sign up to hold garage sales and are given yard signs to promote their sale," said Teresa Snedegar, a chamber board member and the group's retail chairwoman. "Businesses will be holding special promotions at their locations and/or offering coupons.

"The resident and business participants are listed on the chamber website," she said. "On the day of the event, shoppers will be able to view the sales and locations on the chamber website. A handy mapping feature will help the shopper move to their next sale location."

The registration fee for the UA Community Marketplace is $15. The cost helps the chamber provide promotional materials, according to UA Area Chamber of Commerce President Becky Hajost.

"This registration fee covers all marketing with two display ads, classified ads in five area communities, including Upper Arlington and The Lantern representing OSU," Hajost said. "Residents receive a yard sign to let visitors know they are part of this community initiative.

"Businesses receive posters, as well as yard signs, if desired," Hajost said. "All participants receive the marketing efforts via social media, our e-newsletter and our website. The city of Upper Arlington also shares this on their website calendar."

In past years, she said, about 30 area businesses have participated, and roughly 60 to 80 residents have hosted garage sales.

She added that the event offers an abundance of shopping opportunities, but it also puts the city and its neighborhoods on full display.

"This initiative was created as a 'shop local' reminder to support business owners, as well as to help students learn about entrepreneurism and showcase our housing stock," Hajost said.

For many years, the city and chamber have promoted the importance of shopping locally for services and goods and investing back in the community.

"Some 2,000 visitors come to Upper Arlington this day, while residents traverse from one part of the community to the other," she said. "Patronage helps these businesses thrive, encouraging them to stay and continue serving all in our community."