Afternoon Newsletter

March 7, 2013

Merced Art Hop fundraiser set for Saturday

A Merced Art Hop Rummage Sale fundraiser is scheduled to happen from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the back parking lot area of M and 16th streets, by Hansen Tire.

All proceeds will benefit the Art Hop -- a family friendly downtown event which showcases local artists, music and entertainment. The Art Hop started five years ago.

At the rummage sale, shoppers will be able to find stereo speakers, electronics, household items, clothing and more.

Kevin Hammon, local business owner and co-founder of the Art Hop, said it costs about $3,000 to put on each Art Hop event. Art Hop’s organizers used grants and sponsorships to put on the event at its inception.

Hammon said he's hopeful Mercedians will turn out at Saturday's rummage sale to support the Art Hop, which has become a vibrant part of downtown's atmosphere.

Many downtown businesses participate in the Art Hop, with 50 to 300 artists showing their work on any one night.

The Art Hop is held four times a year in January, April, July and October in downtown Merced on the third Saturday of the month.

For more information about the rummage sale, call Kevin Hammon at (209) 658-2587 or visit

— Victor A. Patton

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