Have any tools that work, but that no longer spark joy for you? The Methow Valley Community Center has a way to help people with their spring cleaning and de-cluttering.
Anyone who has tools they no longer need — or who’s looking for equipment for spring and summer projects — can score at April Tools!, a tool-swap at the community center on April 13.
The community center is taking an expansive view of tools — it could be a hammer or shovel, a chair or lamp, a bike or toys, or even hair brushes or a bar of soap. Vintage tools and antique hardware are welcome, as is anything that can be used to make something else, said Kirsten Ostlie, manager of the community center. Tools should be in working order.
It’s a re-use-friendly and neighborly way to score equipment on the cheap, clean out your barn or garage, and get a jump on summer chores. It works like the Christmas Bazaar, where sellers book an indoor table or an outdoor stall.
People have already signed up to sell generators and power tools, said Ostlie. Businesses can reserve a table to sell open boxes of tools or a solitary saw. The community center plans to unload 200 folding chairs.
People can also donate working tools to the community center to sell so that all proceeds go to the community center.
April Tools will be in the community center gym — and outside — on opening day of the farmers market, Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Indoor vendors can set up their tables or drop off tools they’re donating to the community center on Friday, April 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. Outdoor vendors set up at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
Tables are $25 for a 3-by-6-foot table without power, and $30 for a 3-by-6-foot table with power and wall space. To reserve a table, contact Ostlie at 997-2926.