Ashmont Hill’s yard sale features posters, lemonade, and cookbooks

Feeling entrepreneurial, these young businesswomen set up a homemade lemonade stand for shoppers to grab some refreshment as they hunted for purchases. From left, Esme Horowitz-Willis, Frankie Metcalfe, Cameron De La Cretaz, and, giving her best pose, Charlie De La Cretaz.

Scurrying bargain hunters and eager front-yard shopkeepers couldn’t be held at bay by oncoming rain a week ago Saturday (May 20) for the Ashmont Hill Yard Sale, a neighborhood tradition in its 43rd year.

Items and features ranged from wonderful posters of 1970s Dorchester to a lightly used snowboard, an enterprising lemonade stand on Montague Street, and kitschy miniature village sets still in the packaging.

“This is a highlight of the year for all of us,” said Bernadette Rucker of Ashmont Street. “I’ve been here 30-plus years, and I’ve participated in the yard sale every time. I love community and that’s why I’m still here.”

The heavy showers held off until later in the afternoon, allowing the event to go off without a hitch. Shoppers from inside and outside the neighborhood came in abundance, getting irresistible bargains and strolling the flower-lined streets with friends.

More than 40 homes participated in the sale this year.

Caught hunting for bargains on Harley Street were Jill Maneikis, Della Costello, and Flo Casper.

Keyana Floyd and Nyah Parker got ready for customers to come by.

From the Ashmont Nursery School, Miriam Fine, Steph Holding, Eleanor Fort, and Marion Tu.

William Pope and his sister, Cheryl Fletcher, load up a lightly used patio umbrella for a customer at their table on Ashmont Street.

Sister Gerry Stanton and Sister Jane McAndrews had plenty of unique items to sell at the yard sale.

These boots are made for walking. Travis, Landon, and Katie Lee made their best pitch to sell several pairs of cowboy boots at their yard sale.

Elizabeth Pimentel, Natalia Urtube, Stanley Molever, and Milo Stella took a time out from selling on Ocean Street for a photo. Seth Daniel photos

Carlos Romay displays a framed “And you thought you knew Dorchester” poster from the 1970s, a sign of an effort by city and neighborhood leaders of the time to rebrand the neighborhood.

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