This is the year for Noble Hill Horse Rescue's yard sale.
"We do a yard sale every other year or so," director Pat Astheimer said.
This year's sale will include a lot of saddles and donated items of tack, baseball gloves, and roller blades. There will also be an assortment of household items, including a new set of plain dishes.
Most of the items have been donated by friends, neighbors, and rescue supporters, Astheimer said.
The yard sale is just one of the ways the rescue supports itself.
The rescue also benefits from volunteer help.
Students from the University of Delaware recently upgraded the rescue's website.
"We participate in as many studies as we can, because that brings in some income and provides some care while they are going on," Astheimer said. The rescue is now taking part in a farrier training program.
"They [the novice farriers] get good training and we get the service. It's a win-win for everyone," she said.
Neighbors also pitch in to help around the farm, as do other volunteers.
"We have to find ways to help the horses without breaking our budget," she said.
The farm has been a horse rescue for two decades.
Astheimer began renting the farm in 1999 and bought the 30-acre farm in 2001.
The farm, formerly in the Shoemaker family, was originally part of a land grant from William Penn. It was given to a Revolutionary War veteran, Capt. Thomas Whiteside, in compensation for his service and for losing a limb in the conflict.
"It went from a Quaker to a veteran and now I'm helping veterans here and I'm a Quaker," Astheimer said.
The veterans come from the Coatesville VA Medical Center in neighboring Chester County. At Noble Hill, they work with the rescue horses and help around the farm.
"It benefits both of them, and the veterans who come love it," she said. "They come on the weekend and they're a lot of help. Each of them usually has a horse he likes and takes care of that horse."
Most of the rescue horses are available for adoption.
"Some are injured and cannot be ridden, but most are older who can no longer work in the fields or pull carriages," Astheimer said.
She also has two mules on the property now.
"One's adoptable and the other's not," she said.
As of last week, there were about 30 horses on the property. Most are available for adoption.
"We've gotten four horses adopted so far this spring and a couple more are pending," she said.
Ten of the horses are permanent residents of the farm. The horses that cannot be adopted live out their years on the farm.
Their health is overseen by three veterinarians, Dr. Carl Troop, Dr. Chris Kelly and Dr. Elizabeth McKinstry.
"We use each one for different things. They're all very helpful people," Astheimer said.
The yard sale will be held at the rescue, 2002 Noble Rd., Kirkwood, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 7 and 8. The public is invited to attend.