A Bargain Hunter’s Delight: the AACI Annual Yard Sale

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UPDATE:  Post Yard Sale Report (please scroll down if you are here to read the original post)

The AACI Yard Sale last Friday was a rousing success. It accomplished both of its worthy goals – raising money for our programs and hosting an enjoyable event. As well as English, lively Hebrew and Russian conversation could be heard, as attendees hunted for bargains and chatted with each other. Although the indoor arrangement of tables was a bit crowded, buyers and sellers alike treated the situation with good humor (helped by the pleasant air conditioning), and we are already working on solutions for next time. The vendors pulled an amazing assortment of objects for sale out of bags and boxes, backpacks and shopping carts. There were books and clothes in abundance, but also musical instruments, board games – with instructions in English that parents can read!! – toys, household items both useful and decorative, as well as tons more.

And it seems like news of the sale spread far and wide. After I left the building, a woman approached me to ask simply, “Effo ha’Americaiim?” (“Where are the Americans?”) I gave her directions and a big American-style smile.

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You might think it couldn’t be done, but we’re doing it. No, this is not the new motto for all of us English-speaking olim – I’m talking about the transformation of AACI’s huge multi-purpose room into a yard. Why? You may ask. Well, to host the super-duper AACI Jerusalem Glassman Family Center annual yard sale, of course.

This exciting event, scheduled for Friday, June 8, from 9 AM to 1 PM, is a chance to browse tables full of  second-hand books, jewelry, clothes, bric-a-brac (the uptown name for tchotchkes), artwork and household goods galore. You’re likely to find some “hidden treasure,” such as vintage Mad magazines from 20 years ago. There will be bargains galore, especially in the last few minutes before closing.

Last year the yard sale was held as part of AACI’s July Fourth/Canada Day celebration. It was so successful, with hundreds of shoppers throughout the day that this year the sale is being offered as an event all on its own. The AACI Jerusalem Glassman Family Center is air-conditioned, so you can shop in comfort, and has an elevator to make it a little easier to schlep all your great finds home.

While you’re at the AACI, you may also want to take a few minutes to check out “With Brush and Pen,” a delightful exhibit of artwork and writing by Israeli children, which is part of our ongoing series of exhibits by local artists. (If you can’t make it on Friday, “With Brush and Pen” may be viewed free of charge during AACI’s regular office hours until June 15.)

Suggestions for shoppers:

  • Take a few minutes to look around at all the tables and see which ones have the type of items you are most interested in.
  • If you are planning to buy major amounts, especially of books, bring some bags or a cardboard carton to carry home your new treasures.
  • Please bring some small bills and coins to pay for your items. Our vendors are not professional merchants, and will have only a limited supply of change.
  • Snacks may be purchased across the street at the Hadar Mall. Sorry, food and beverages are not permitted in the yard sale venue.
  • Most important, bring your friends and your high spirits, and have a great time!

 The AACI Yard Sale will be held Friday, June 8, 2012, from 9 AM to 1 PM at

AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiot    MAP
Buses # 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop  at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
For information, please call (02)566-1181.
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7 thoughts on “A Bargain Hunter’s Delight: the AACI Annual Yard Sale

  1. Wish I could be there as I am sure I would find some treasures!

    • stay tuned for a report on how it went. We will be adding to this post to fill you in, even if you were not able to be here. We are going to try to do more of this on an ongoing basis. Report on what is going on, and then, let you know more about it after the fact in case you missed it, so you can put it on your calendar for next time if you are in town.

  2. Hi there. I’m glad your yard sale was so successful! This looks like a fantastic cause. I’ve been looking into organizations and groups who are using yard sales for fundraising. How did you go about advertising and promoting your yard sale? I’m looking for lots of new ideas. I’ve found that a lot of people are using a site called YardSaleSearch.com (I’ll try and link 🙂 It lets you advertise for free. Just wanted to pass that along for possible future use!

    • Thanks for reading and commenting. We primarily use our our membership base to promote our events, including this one, via email enewsletter, our publication, the Voice, and other social media like facebook, Janglo. And of course, traditional ads in the newspaper. I will take a look at your website. Thanks for the tip.

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