In the countdown to the November, supporters are campaigning hard for their candidates. In East Hampton, that even includes and bake sale to raise money for the president and local congressman's re-election.
The East Hampton Democratic Committee has joined with Joan Lesser, who will host the yard sale at the home of she and her husband Peter Lesser at 46 Alewive Brook Road in East Hampton on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Money raised will be split between Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, and President Barack Obama's campaign funds.
Lesser came up with the idea and held a similar yard sale during the last presidential election, raising $6,000 for Obama.
"If the number of donations and volunteers who have responded to notices about a yard and bake sale supporting Representative Tim Bishop and President Obama is an indication of how East Enders feel about the coming election, then the news is good for Democrats," Lesser said. "I can't get off the computer or the telephone I'm so busy responding to inquiries. My basement and garage are full, volunteers are here everyday helping to mark in merchandise, and cooks are firing up the stoves."
Democrats sent out emails over the past few weeks asking for items for the sale — everything from furniture, bric-a-brac, clothing, small appliances, children's items, sporting goods, tableware, baked goods, and artwork.
Donations have been pouring in creating what Lesser believes will be largest yard sale in East Hampton. Her porch, basement and garage are filled with items, from wheelchairs and walkers to designer clothes, musical instruments, quilts, rugs and lots of high-end lamps. Highlights include Faberge glasses, Wedgewood dishes, an antique rocking horse, foosball table, and Metlox Poppytrail in Provincal Blue pattern, a colleciton worth over $1,500.
Prices will be between $1 and $2 to $200 to $300, with the collector's items going much higher, she said.
Volunteers are helping to pick up donated items, set up the sales area, work as a salesperson and help clean-up after the sale.
In case of rain, the yard sale will be held on Sunday. No early birds, Lesser said.