The Browncroft neighborhood is located on the very east side of the city of Rochester bordering the Town of Brighton just west of Route 286 (Browncroft Blvd) Exit on route 590 North. Browncroft Blvd. runs through its core. Its member streets run east off Winton Road North from Dorchester Road north to Elmcroft Road and along Blossom Road they run east from Beresford Road to Gaslight Lane. There are 18 member streets within the BNA area and all will have open garage sales.
REGISTRATION FEE IS $5.00 due by Friday May 5, which covers publicity, ads, balloons, map, portable johns, and website listing. Please print and complete the registration form found below and mail it with the fee (Make check payable to "BNA Garage Sale") to The Browncroft Neighborhood Garage Sale, PO Box 10127, Rochester, NY 14610-0127.
The Garage Sale will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. PLEASE DO NOT start selling items prior to the Official Start Time, as this encourages the public to descend upon the neighborhood and other garage sale participants before all is ready. Dealers in particular will start pushing you to let them start buying things, often as early as 7:00 a.m. Please resist and ask them to return at 8:45 or 9:00 a.m., as the sale is advertised in the newspapers as starting at 9:00 a.m.
HOUSES PARTICIPATING IN THE SALE:
In keeping with tradition, we request that each participating home display 3 4 colored balloons that should be inflated and tied to a stick in front of the house. This will identify the residence as an official BNA Garage Sale participant.
There will be MANY cars in the area on Saturday and Sunday, and we must follow the City parking regulations (See Browncroft Parking Letter from RPD -ATTACHMENT BELOW) so that we don't interfere with or hinder any potential emergency vehicles in the area. Vehicles must be parked on the correct side of the street as indicated on the signs on the lamp poles.
BNA asks all visitors NOT TO PARK in the plaza and business lots along Winton/Main/Merchants Roads. Thank you.
Food Cart and Food Truck PARKING RESTRICTIONS exist within the R-1 zoned Browncroft neighborhood. (See Food Cart_Trucks restriction at Garage Sale letter - ATTACHMENT BELOW)
Port-a-Johns will be available at the Rose Garden at the corner of Merchants Rd and Lanark Cres. and at the SE corner of Dorchester and Newcastle Rd at School #46. The businesses in the area will not have restroom facilities.
BE CONSIDERATE of your neighbors not having a garage sale and encourage visitors to do the same.
CLEAN UP AFTER THE SALE is the responsibility of each sale's participant. If you see trash please dispose of it properly. Remember the first regular City Refuse Collection is on Wednesday May 6th in this area.
GARAGE SALE REMMANTS
What do you do with Garage Sale Leftovers? Some give them away to their customers. Some put them spread out carefully at the curb for individual perusal, then gather what's left on garbage day. Donating to a charity is a great idea.
One new nonprofit is Rochester Greenovation at 1199 E. Main St. (just east of Goodman). They can pick up items. Call 271-1130; they can use building materials, appliances, books, dishes, furniture; but no clothing)
Other non-profits are:
-- ABVI, Goodwill, 427-7140, 546 S. Clinton and also Bay Rd. in Webster (the strip mall near the YMCA)
-- Asbury UMC Store House,1050 East Ave. 475-0950 (not a thrift shop, but distributes clothing and dishes to the poor)
-- A Second Thought Resale Shop, 349 W. Commercial St. East Rochester, (Piano Works Mall), 340-5730 (clothing, accessories and small house wares). HeritageChristianServices.org (for developmentally challenged).
-- AMVETS, 400 Jefferson Rd., 424-3730
-- Flower City Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 755 Culver Rd. accepts furniture, appliances,windows, doors, building materials and other household furnishings.
-- Matthews Closet, 316 Bay St., 232-5160 (about 1/2 mile north of the Public Market, next to the church)
-- Salvation Army (truck pickup), 235-2769, 535 East Ridge Rd. in Irondequoit.
-- Volunteers of America: E. Main & Culver (they toss some things indiscriminately, but it's easy to unload at the former Rite-Aid pharmacy drive-up window).
-- Savers Thrift Store 1175 Marketplace Dr. Henrietta 424-4487. They partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester. (Clothing, shoes, bedding, housewares, books, and furniture accepted)
NOTE: SALE PARTICIPANTS SHOULD ALSO READ the articles (.PDF) attached below for expanded sale guidelines and some valuable sale hints during the Garage Sale.