May 10: Midtown May Market

This Saturday is the Midtown May Market, a combination community yard sale and fundraiser waffle breakfast at Second City Church (251 Verbeke St.). 

Yard Sale
If you’ve cleaned out your closets and basements this spring and would like to translate your unwanted goods into some cash, this is your opportunity. The yard sale has two parts, a centralized indoor sale from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and community participation throughout Midtown. 

Just like last year, we’re creating a map of participants to distribute at the Church so shoppers may find your sale. To add your address to our map, contact the Business Committee at

Last year, however, a constant drizzle ruined the event for sellers and buyers alike. We still had plenty of waffle customers, but they weren’t willing to walk through the rain to find deals, many of which had cancelled or were huddled under tarps. To insure against adverse weather, we’ve rented additional space from the Church so we can have a weather-proof sales area. 

And it’s a good thing, too, because the weather looks iffy. We also have a captive customer base being in the same building as the waffle breakfast, well worth the nominal cost for a space, which we’ve kept low to just cover our rent of the facility. Spaces are only $10 for current FOM members and $15 for nonmembers, yet another reason to join.  

Because we still have some space left at the Church and rain is a possibility, we’ve extended the period of reservation through Wednesday, May 7.

To reserve your space now, contact the Business Committee at

Waffle Breakfast 
From 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. (or later if we still have customers and waffles), you may enjoy all-you-can-eat waffles and toppings for just $5. One child under ten years old may eat for free with a paid adult.

If a good deal for good food isn’t enough motivation to participate, it’s also an inexpensive way to celebrate Mother’s Day early while supporting the community. 

Funds raised will help further the activities of Friends of Midtown: things like community cleanups, foot patrols, socials, and children’s events. 

We could use about a dozen volunteers to help cook and serve waffles, direct patrons, and generally keep things running smoothly. If you’re interested in helping, contact the Events Committee at

As you see, we have a lot going on this Saturday. But to be successful, we need your help. Please share this post or the Facebook event with your friends, neighbors, and coworkers.