Biannual event turns trash into treasure for thousands

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Twice a year, residents and businesses of Provincetown throw open their doors and throw out the loot. If you are looking to add something eclectic to your personal collection at an affordable price and want a getaway spring fling, head out to America’s First Destination. Ptown’s Monumental Yard Sale Weekend, May 15-17, is a one-of-a-kind town-wide yard sale, fit for everyone from antique enthusiasts to bargain hunters.

The biannual event that started 15 years ago as a weekend for stores to liquidate prior year’s merchandise has grown to a monumental town-wide event, in which people’s front yards and porches become opportunities for people to enrich their environments with the perfect tchotchke or 19th century writing desk.

“You hear the best shopping stories of people coming to town and leaving with the most unique items. I’ve seen tons of furnishings, art, decorative items, rugs – you name it,” Anthony Fuccillo, Provincetown’s tourism director, said. “The fun is the frenzy, as treasure hunters move quickly about the quaint streets and lanes of the town, hoping to get to the best finds including many freebees lining the streets.”

Maybe you’re an antique enthusiast looking for a shaker cabinet. Or maybe you’re the shop-til-you-drop type looking for deals on merchandise that didn’t make the cut in 2014. Either way, you’re destined to find something unique during this sale in Ptown.

Visit hundreds of homes and businesses across town, and you’ll experience not only yards of hidden gems, but you’ll also meet delightful people and experience the beautiful Ptown landscape in one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America” (Fodor’s Travel). This zany event is one reason why Travel and Leisure magazine named Provincetown one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns.”

Memorial Day getaways are just around the corner so you may also want to start your summer off right with a weekend trip to Ptown to take in the town’s biking trails and award winning beaches – Herring Cove and Race Point – which were named two of the top 25 beaches in the world by AOL Travel, with Herring Cove being the “raciest” strand. The weekend consists of four days of festivities and a diverse lineup of events for every taste, a reason Lavender Magazine named Ptown “Best Summer Vacation Destination.”

To see a full calendar of events in Provincetown, visit