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Yard sale for cystic fibrosis next weekend

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
SALISBURY — For years, Helen Brown has been saying “next year” may be her last. But every year, she gears up along with 25 volunteers and hosts her annual yard sale to benefit cystic fibrosis research.
She began the sale about 18 years ago when her grandchildren were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and the digestive system. Over the years, Brown’s yard sales have raised more than $100,000.
The sale has grown and is an anticipated event for some. The two-day sale will be Friday, May 25, from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brown’s 1621 Emerald Ave. home.
To accommodate the huge sale, the city has agreed to make Emerald Avenue a one-way street for the duration of the event from Mahaley Avenue to Catawba Road.  “This will make the block safe,” Brown said.
There are lots of items at this year’s sale including books, several coffee makers, a full-sized sleeper sofa, a kitchen table and chairs, jewelry, household items, two new tires size 195/60R14, garden tools and power tools, a 46-inch projection screen television, a bench built from a drop-side crib, toys, golf clubs and much more.
Brown’s youngest granddaughter will have a bake sale during the event Saturday, with the proceeds going to cystic fibrosis research.
In appreciation for support, Brown will also raffle off a print by Lexington artist Bob Timberlake. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. Registrants do not have to be present to win.
Emerald Avenue runs between Mahaley Avenue and Catawba Road, one block from Knox Middle School.
Anyone interested in seeing large items before the yard sale can call Helen and Ralph Brown at 704-636-5902 after 7:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

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