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Yahd Sale Roundup: 6/26 – 6/27

June 25th, 2010 by

Once again this weekend, Bradford is the place to be for yard sale action! These dayglo signs caught my eye as I was making my way down Salem St. this evening. But, there are some pretty great looking Craigslist listings on the other side of the river, too, including:

145 WARRENTON RD Saturday 8am to 1pm. Billed as “Gran’s cleanout,” this sale promises “lots of antiques/collectibles and old stuff.”

266 HYATT AVE Saturday 8am to 10am. They must figure it’ll only take 2 hours to unload the giant pile of “old stuff” they have pictured in the ad.

544 W. LOWELL AVE Saturday 8:00am to 1:00pm. Yet another person who can’t spell the word collectibles is forsaking a bunch of their material possessions.

MEARS FARM RD Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to ??? Multi-family with different stuff each day, including baby stuff, kids stuff, and high end stuff. Stuff to fulfill all your stuff needs!

As always, if you have a hot tip on a cool yard sale, email us and we’ll be sure to update this post.

Happy bargaining!

Yahd Sale Report: 6/12- 6/13

June 11th, 2010 by

Salem St. near the turn for Ski Bradford

The weather reports are iffy, but these yard sales going on this weekend sure sound pretty solid!

PARSONAGE HILL ROAD, HANNAH RIDGE, DOW DRIVE Saturday 8:00am – 2:00pm for what sounds like an epic multi-family sale, with 10 families

159 EAST BROADWAY: Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm for clothes, books, jewerly, kitchen appliances, small pieces of furniture, comforters, etc.

SALEM ST: I snapped the above photo while driving down Salem St. this afternoon. Haven’t seen a listing for this one yet, but it looks promising. Also, further down over the Groveland line there’s a white house for sale with about six plastic covered folding tables set out.

If you have a hot tip on a cool yard sale, email us and we’ll be sure to update this post.

Happy bargaining!

Haverhill: the next urban art gallery?

May 25th, 2010 by

Few things in Haverhill are as divisive as the graffiti downtown. Where some see urban blight, others see colorful expression. But, don’t think Haverhill’s alone in this. These two viewpoints are universal, and their respective camps have been duking it out in major cities across the globe for decades.

Urban blight? Or "Outta Sight!?"

I guess I fall somewhere in between urban art love and graffiti hate. While I was truly bummed to see the colorful backside of Woolworth’s was no longer, I feel that same pang every time I see a haphazard tag on the front of the businesses and homes that people work hard to maintain. And, I wish as an alternative to all this spraypainting we had some wheatpaste artists running around, plastering the city with their more ephemeral and environmentally-friendly art. Still, I happily take what I can get, street art-wise.

The other day, an argument broke out on one of my Flickr photos between a graffiti supporter and a detractor. In the end, though, they both agreed- a potential solution to this problem is to set aside a legal space in Haverhill for graffiti artists to do their thing. Cambridge and Beverly have embraced this concept, and don’t even get me started on the street art of San Francisco’s Mission District. (I just went out and bought not one, but two books on the subject.)

But if in Haverhill, where should it be?

Following up on a tip from my fellow graffiti fan, tonight I drove back behind Building #19 to check out what was described as “seriously like the very best spot” for urban expression.  Tucked back there is a mini urban art oasis.  It’s surprisingly tidy back there, and there are no abutting neighbors to cry eyesore. Very interesting. Here are a few snaps:

Finding a home for graffiti in Haverhill? Easier sprayed than done.

I love this grumpy guy.

I call this one "Snake waving hankerchief." Ohhh...it's a WHAT?

Monster face.

Haverhill is a city that has most awesomely embraced the arts, and I think that street art and graffiti could and should be considered just another facet of that. If I can do just one thing for the city of Haverhill, I’d love for it to be becoming the facilitator of this.  Of course, this is only the beginning of my exploration of this subject, so I’m all ears if anyone has any ideas or suggestions.