The third annual Stroud Yard Trail took place on Bank Holiday Monday to great success.
Over 85 residences and venues across the town set up stall enticing bargain hunters from across the county.
They included Liam Hinkley of Frome Park Road who opened his garden to visitors, offering a barbecue, ice lollies and even his sunloungers for shoppers to rest their weary feet.
Mr Hinkley said, “What a delightful afternoon welcoming random strangers and lovely neighbours that have been a treat to entertain.”
The festive feeling was so infectious that Victoria Temple posted on the Yard Trail Facebook page that her household had set up a “spontaneous yard sale” to join in the fun.
Visitors numbered Uta Baldauf who described the event as being “more about meeting people and feeling part of the community then just getting bargains.”
But there were good deals to be had as Lyndsay Grant-Muller announced on Facebook in a bid to help sales among fellow stall holders along Bisley Road.
“Claire is selling doors for £150; Niall is selling a MacBook for £60 and I’m selling a super 8 projector for £60,” she wrote.
Further along Bisley Road, Sarah Jane Dawson was giving free seeds away to visitors.
“Free seeds for everyone who visits. No garden? Get seed bombing!” she encouraged.
Not everyone was selling unwanted clothes and household items, with many crafters selling their own handmade creations.
They included the bunting company, Doris and Tate which hosted a picturesque stall of its fabric decorations.
Back in town, The Diner on Nelson Street announced it was open for trading with a no-nonsense social media post that read, “We got art, we got kitch, books, plants and ICE-CREAM and COCKTAILS #clearthecrap #buysomecrap.”
Founder Vix Ashcroft commented, “Stroud is the perfect place for an en-masse yard sale event. You don’t need to buy new to either look great or even give someone a gift.
“There is nothing wrong with second hand. In fact, I think its more thoughful when someone has spent time choosing you something.”