Foymount opening up for large community yard sale Saturday

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Foymount -- Residents of this former Canadian Forces Station are organizing a community-wide yard sale this Saturday, July 30th hoping to revive a community that has seen an influx of new residents recently.

A couple months ago, members of a social media group for past and present residents of the former military base got to reminiscing about how busy Foymount used to be in the years when Blackwater Designs would host their giant sales on holiday weekends. These days, there are no retail stores in the community to attract those sorts of crowds, but the community has never been busier. With almost every home occupied the population is booming unlike any time since the military moved out in the early 1970s.

“So, the idea was hatched to turn the driveways of the village into individual ‘retail outlets’ and invite the crowds to return to enjoy hunting for treasures alongside the beautiful views from the top of the mountain”, Amy Rouillard, one of the organizers, said. “With a great mix of young families, retirees and folks that have lived in Foymount for decades, there will be a wide mix of finds up and down the streets.”

She grew up in Foymount and her mother continues to live there. She said with about 35 homes in the hamlet and most of them with between two and five family members, the community probably has over 100 people living there now.

“It is a lovely tucked away town,” she said. “It has the benefit of being a suburb in the country.”

People will easily be able to walk through the hamlet and see the multiple yard sales with lots of good deals, she added.

Some residents also create their own original hand-made products so visitors will discover a new treasure too. Ms. Rouillard said.

“And enterprising youngsters may have a lemonade stand – or two – set up to help satisfy the thirsty shoppers,” she said.

Although she doesn’t know how many households will be participating in the community yard sale she anticipates it will be between 10 and 15 families. She is also hopeful excitement will build in the community leading up to Saturday and people will find things to add to the yard sale fun.

“This will be a destination,” she said.

And although she hasn’t been watching the weather forecast too carefully yet, right now the forecast looks good.

“But it will happen rain or shine,” she said.

And, if it is hot, “it is always a couple of degrees cooler in Foymount,” she added.

Folks will be opening their garages and filling their driveways with treasures from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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