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Yahd sale roundup: 7/17 – 7/18

July 17th, 2010 by

Because of the July 4th holiday and last week’s biblical rain, it’s been a bit quiet on the yard sale front, but Bradford is keeping the yard sale dream alive this weekend with an epic yard sale that’s raging all weekend long.

26 ELMWOOD AVE Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm: Huge 3 family yard sale with many items, including great push mower for the small yard, clothes,  household items, stemware, and kids toys.

I also noticed a sign on Salem St. pointing to a yard sale at 46 Harding Ave. but there were no posted hours and the street looked pretty quiet. So, while I can’t officially endorse that one, if you’re checking out Elmwood this weekend, it might be worth a swing by just in case!

Know of any sales we’re missing out on? If you have a hot tip on a cool yard sale, email us and we’ll be sure to update this post.


More for your dollar.

June 27th, 2010 by

I spotted this monstertruckosity outside the Westgate Plaza Market Basket and was totally impressed. I guess one thing you can do with all the money you save buying food from Market Basket is keep a ginormous gas tank full!

I was curious who might be piloting this beast (I know I for one would require a ladder to get in the driver’s seat), but I decided to high tail it out of there before they got in, started up, and began rolling over the regular sizes cars in the parking lot.

Strangely, something about this whole scene makes me want to start chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

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 Fever: now with 100% more yard sale coverage

June 5th, 2010 by

Now, THIS is how we do yard sale signs in Boston!

Is it possible to be  scooped by a blog that you’re not technically even in competition with?

Separated though we are by about 3,000 miles of pure, unadulterated (okay, maybe somewhat adulterated) America, Vic Wong from Mission Mission and I had pretty much the same exact idea at the same time: “let’s put an RSS feed of all the local yard sales posted on Craigslist so the bargain-loving folks who read my blog can stay hip to all the sweet deals.”

Yes, that’s right- if you look down to your right a bit, you’ll see Haverhill Fever’s handy-dandy new feature: an up-to-the-minute feed of our fair city’s yard sales.

Unfortunately, Vic is much more organized than we at Haverhill Fever will ever be, so not only did he beat me to the punch, but here I am, posting this enthralling news after all of this weekend’s yard sales have closed up shop for the night.

But, hey, think of this way. Now, you know where to go looking for free stuff by the side of the road! Plus now you have something to look forward to next week, as I’ll start updating you every Friday afternoon with some hot yard sale tips.

(Yoooooou’re welcome.)

Downtown fill in the blank: 61 Locke St.

May 31st, 2010 by

A few weeks back I was lucky enough to be invited to Haverhill Fever contributor and produce snob Chris’ place in the Hamel Mill Lofts for a cocktail party.

Now, If you ever have a chance to visit the Hamel Mill Lofts- do it! And if you’re ever in the market for a new apartment- double do it! Honestly, I’ve never been a planned community/apartment complex type of gal, but this place has so many great amenities (game room, gym, home theatre) and such breath-taking spaces (what can I say? I’m a sucker for 12 foot ceilings and banks of 8 foot high windows.) that I was starting to have serious doubts about how worth it having a mortgage to pay and grass to mow is.

As I was gazing out over the city below, daydreaming about being able to call a superintendent rather than further defending my Foursquare mayorship of Lowe’s, I spied this really cool-looking corner store- nicely painted and just sitting there, awaiting some plucky entrepreneur.

After some speculation, it suddenly hit me. Why, this was the deep-sixed would be porn store Hidden Pleasures, which was the centerpiece of my favorite Eagle Tribune story of all time! (“We’re not trying to sell dildos, honest! We just want chocoholics to be able to hide their shame.”)

Today I wandered downtown in search of Memorial Day festivities (crickets) and since I had my camera along, I decided to get up close and personal with the very building that caught my eye and tickled my funny bone a few years back.

61 Locke St- where "Hidden Pleasures" got the kibosh.

Around the back there was a full dumpster, which I hadn’t noticed when I was looking down at the building, so I’m not sure if this is a new development. There was also a permit in the window for said dumpster that’s set to expire soon:

Forgive the slanty photo- stupid peg leg!

I hadn’t heard any news that the naughty store folks had sold the building, so maybe they’re working on a slightly less NSFW. (not suitable for Winter St?)

Or, the old Eagle Tribune article also mentioned the owners may be interested in simply renting the space, in which case they could be clearing out to get it ready to put up for lease.

Either way, this is one property I’ll be keeping my eye on, for sure. I’d love to see the building go back to having big plate glass windows. Once the lofts fill up whoever uses 61 Locke St. will have hundreds of pairs of eyes peering down upon it, which means easy advertising! Could be a cute cafe, coffee shop, or even a book and gift shop.

What do you think guys? Anyone up for the opportunity?

Can’t buy me love- unless you shop at Garand’s Discount

May 28th, 2010 by

Since you can’t really partake of most of Haverhill’s downtown shopping unless it’s before 5pm or not Sunday,  my first visit to Garand’s Discount had eluded me for far too long. You can’t even imagine how much I’ve been dying to get in this place.

I mean, its average window display is a line up of plastic gorillas next to a pyramid of packets of Korean Tide flanked by two suits of armor. This had me more than a little intrigued about the potential of its offerings.

Also, I could tell just from the outside that Garand’s was going to be serious about saving me money, because if you look really close, in place of the S in discount, there’s a dollar sign.

Garand's Di$count 192 Merrimack Street

Lucky for me, Garand’s is true to its outward appearance, and is a veritable smorgasbord of bargains. I took it easy on my first go around and limited myself to just some paint rollers for a couple bucks, but I can already see several of the store’s “departments” coming in handy if I’m in a pinch on a Saturday morning and need masking tape, a “tobacco only” pipe, wrapping paper, or a belt made out of  sequins. (or, you never now, this is me after all…could be all of the above!)

Wow, that pig in the bottom row really is blue. Look at how disenfranchised he looks.

But that’s not all Garand’s offers! The variety of merchandise at such wallet-friendly prices would be enough for most shops, but Garand’s has the audacity…no, the commitment to unadulterated bargainry, to offer even the intangible for a low low price:

Anything more than just pure love'll cost you extra.

This store represents the America I was promised as a child: A land of opportunity where anyone, no matter their race, creed, or background, can afford their own Phillie Blunts sweatshirt.

Conveniently located next to Haverhill’s foremost bepper emporium, Jennie’s Inc. unassumingly occupies 133 Merrimack St., its humble exterior barely hinting at its interior largess-  which is, like, absolute junk store heaven.

The future is now! (and only 99 cents at Jennie’s)

May 26th, 2010 by

If you’re like me, which is short and pretty unassuming, you probably often find yourself in the unfortunate predicament of being walked into in crowds. Or, how about those times when you’re walking down the sidewalk and you feel like turning but someone is walking sort of beside you but behind you at the same time? Awkward!

Well, if you’re anything like me, then you will be thrilled to know that there’s a revolutionary product, available right here in Haverhill, that will change your life forever.

I’m talking about pedestrian turn signals.

Seriously: haven't you always wondered how much fun it would be if only your ears would light up?

Yes, you’re seeing what you think you’re seeing right now. It’s 2010 here, people. If you’ve waited your whole life for a LED light rig that affixes to your head so people around you know where you’re headed your time is NOW.

Now, I’m sure you’ve already noticed the price tag and are thinking “that truly is an amazing product, Amanda, and totally worth the $99!”

Well, be prepared to have your mind blown again, my friend, because there is a decimal point you can’t quite see and, in fact, these light-weight, high-impact noggin blinkers are only 99 cents! Best of all, they’re available right now at Jennie’s Inc. at 133 Merrimack St.

Now, let’s see these babies in action:


I’m sure I don’t need to convince you to immediately run not walk down to Jennie’s and grab your own set, but hurry! because supplies are limited. (at least I only saw a couple more pairs last time I visited)

Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

May 14th, 2010 by

Lafayette Square staple Ruth’s House has packed it up…

Lafayette Square

And moved right across the street:

Lafayette Square

Not sure if Ruth is ready for business yet but The Feeve will keep their eyes open.

Downtown fill in the blank

May 8th, 2010 by

Has anyone else noticed this prime spot up for lease on Washington St? Well, I did, and I just  had to snap a few photos because this shop has super cute curb appeal and looks like it has a lot of potential inside for something great!

Cute downtown shop for rent! (sadly, I don't get commission for posting this)

And here’s a peek inside:

Interior of 15 Washington St. now available for lease

Insert your amazing ______ business here!

Previously, 15 Washington St. was the home of Leaf and Ladle (circa 2008), followed by Ava’s Salads and More, although when we peeked in the windows it looked like it may have been a bakery even more recently than that.

So, I’m thinking maybe another food-centric business at this location isn’t such a hot idea. And no offense, Haverhill, but I think we have enough hair salons and barber shops. So, what to put in there?

I’d kill for a cool vintage clothing store like Modern Millie in Salem and Newburyport. Or maybe some sort of home decor/gadget shop where I could run to and grab a nice gift in a pinch. Wine shop? Yarn store? Another coffee shop? Art house movie theatre? (not sure how big that second room is) Why, the possibilities are endless!

What do you wish would move in?

Wheeeeere’s the Bepp?

May 5th, 2010 by

Tonight we went for a stroll around downtown, to witness the inception of so many Hangovers de Mayo. As we ambled down Merrimack St. I was suddenly struck with a terrible sense of foreboding. Something was amiss- I could just feel it. I glanced across the street for a comforting landmark and…


The end of an error- R.I.P. Beppers

Oh, snap! And to think, just the other day I was reading about the would-be gentrification of the local web. What if that idea went one step further and the local web actually gentrified the city? Could what has happened here be a direct result of Chris blogging about sub-par produce?

In reality, judging from the new lettering in the window, it looks like the shop just changed ownership and some new signage is in order. But, maybe I’ll let Chris sweat this one out a little.