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The purchase of the Island Inn is a community project and the community will get first dibs on many items inside the building starting at 8 a.m. July 5 at a “pay what you will” yard sale.
“We’re starting to move,” said Ken DeBarth, president of the Ocracoke Preservation Society which completed the purchase of the icon property on May 7.
Following the removal of the ice machine in May, the OPS is clearing out all of the stuff in the inside, he said.
At the yard sale, dubbed “a donation yard sale,” the OPS will accept whatever monetary donation for items folks want to pay.
“We aren’t going to put prices on these things,” DeBarth said. “People can donate what they can afford.”
After taking possession of the property, the OPS discovered many items islanders may find useful, he said.
“Rather than take them to the dump, we thought we’d offer them to the community,” he said.
Items of interest include many store display racks, five ladders, two lawnmowers, a truck bed tool box, two washing machines, one washer-dryer combination machine, a new hot water heater, a large above ground cistern and various other smaller items.
For more information about the sale, contact DeBarth at 252-475-0869.
Point of disclosure: Peter Vankevich is on the board of directors of the Ocracoke Preservation Society.