The annual Community Yard Sale and Freecycle event offers an opportunity for Bexley residents to do a little spring cleaning and sell or give away unwanted items -- with the city encouraging participation.

Bexley's city code ordinarily doesn't allow front-yard sales or placing items for pickup at the curb. The Community Yard Sale and Freecycle event is a once-a-year exception that promotes environmentally-friendly reuse and recycling of household items, said Sam Metcalf, city spokesman.

The citywide event will take place in two parts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

"It's designed so yard sales happen in Bexley all at once," he said. "It makes it easy for someone who's coming in from out of town or who is unfamiliar with Bexley to find everything at once."

The Community Yard Sale will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any resident may hold a yard sale by registering for free at bexley.org/yard-sale. An interactive map on the website lists items for sale at each participating address.

"When someone signs up, a question comes up and asks what you're selling," Metcalf said.

The Community Freecycle event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. During these hours, residents may place unwanted items between the sidewalk and the curb. Items that do not fit between the sidewalk and curb may be placed directly behind the sidewalk, between the sidewalk and the house. Items or groupings of items must be clearly marked "Freecycle Day," indicating they are free for the taking.

Any items not taken must be removed from the front yard and disposed of or recycled via other means.

Residents are encouraged to donate books, music or movies left over after the event to the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. For more information about donating to the library, visit friendsbexlib.org.

For more information about the Community Yard Sale and Freecycle event, visit Bexley.org/yard sale.

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