From the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association – Where Every Story Has Three Sides

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!

Start cleaning out your closets, attics, and garages. The 10th Annual Wedge Neighborhood Garage Sale is coming up on Saturday, June 1, from 9 am until 3 pm. Previous years’ sales have had more than 50 homes participating.

For a registration fee of $10, participating sales will be listed on the official Wedge Neighborhood Garage Sale map, which we will distribute to each sale and at businesses throughout the neighborhood. We will advertise the sale in The Wedge, the Star Tribune newspaper and website, and on Craigslist and Facebook. Signs will also be posted along Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues.
Registration begins May 1. The Wedge Neighborhood Garage Sale is sponsored by the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA). For details, visit Find us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter:  @TheWedgeNhood.
Neighborhood Swap, June 8-9

LHENA’s Second Annual Neighborhood Swap will be taking place on June 8, from 10 am to 4 pm, and June 9, from noon to 3 pm, both days in Mueller Park.

All are welcome; whether you want to get rid of items you no longer use or take home items to treasure as your own. It’s completely free, all are welcome, and in fact, no monetary transactions will even be allowed. (But do check out the list of acceptable items before you start hauling your whole living room to the park, to be published prior to sale.)
Why Swap?
Have you ever been on a college campus around move-out time? It’s a dumpster diver’s wildest dream, and an anti-materialist’s most horrendous nightmare. The Neighborhood Swap will be an opportunity for residents to get rid of their stuff sustainably, whether moving or doing spring-cleaning projects. And for those of us not moving, it’ll be a great opportunity to share and find useful new possessions. Well, “new,” in the used sense.
Waste is an environmental and social justice issue. While we all know that materials fester in the landfills, there are significant components to waste that few of us experience in our daily lives. In the materials economy, everything flows through the big picture system, which we mostly don’t see at all. A thing that you throw out isn’t just a thing going to the landfill. According to “The Story of Stuff,” for every one trash bin of stuff that we throw out, there are seventy trash bins of stuff that were created in the extensive mining, processing, packaging and shipping that go with it upstream before it gets to you as the consumer.
Waste isn’t just what we experience – it’s a gargantuan issue that is masked by manufacturing and distribution systems, and because it’s invisible, we don’t conceptualize the full extent of the problem. It impacts societies and parts of the world that are far removed from the consumer, who often aren’t benefitting from the item to begin with.

Check out the online project “The Story of Stuff,” if you want to delve into this concept more.

The landfill and incineration components of waste are important, but it is critical to look at the process by which it gets there, too.
One-stop Swap
Lowry Hill East wants you to help impact this system. Bring your stuff to Mueller Park on June 8 and 9 and come on by for a free one-stop Swap. It will be a fun weekend in the park. Or, bring a picnic and keep your eye on what’s out there.


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