Valley Presbyterian Church is holding its annual Patio Sale Thursday through Saturday, with a few changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year, volunteers will hold the sale exclusively outdoors in two tents and a courtyard in between. Head organizer Eloise Fredrickson said there was some concern about the wind, but so far they've adjusted to setting up everything in the church's parking lot on Camino Del Sol.
Organizers plan to have a smaller version of the traditional Patio Sale – about half the size – this week and expand the holiday sale in November with the other half of goods Valley Presbyterian collected during the last year. And Fredrickson said there's plenty of good stuff they received from people who spent more time at home clearing out clutter or opting for new furniture.
Last year's Patio Sale in March wasn't affected by the pandemic. Fredrickson said the church wrapped up the sale just before the shutdown.
So far, Fredrickson said they hadn't heard much from the community about whether people are excited to turn out or plan to stay away from any crowds. She said masks would be required and they plan to provide as much distancing as possible while people browse.
"I think we feel it's kind of the first step to getting back to normal," she said. "It's taking one little step to getting back to normal, although this isn't normal. This is so unusual for us to do this. So we had to learn to do it all over again. But I think we got it. We did it."
If you plan to go, Thursday will have a $5 cover fee. Fredrickson said the cover is because that's the day all the best stuff is available. But she said there isn't a fee to browse around on Friday and Saturday.
Valley Presbyterian opens the gates at 8 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the sale runs from 8 a.m. to noon.