Declutter Your Apartment and Make Money!

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where to sell your stuff for casg

Where to sell your old stuff for cash

We all know we have more stuff than we really need. But the thought of cleaning out closets and drawers can seem overwhelming. What if you think about how much cash you can get from all that stuff that’s just sitting there gathering dust? That’s a motivator, right? So, if you’re ready to do a little early Spring cleaning to simplify your life, there are loads of ways to unload your unwanted possessions — and make money at the same time!

Sell Your Stuff Locally

Consignment Stores

We all have clothes in our closet that we never wear. Why not turn them into cash! Sell your gently-used, in-style clothes to a consignment store.  Some consignment stores also take gently-used furniture and home decor items.

Pawn Shops

Pawn shops are a great place to sell electronics and musical instruments that you no longer need.

Craigslist

You can also find local buyers with Craigslist for almost anything in your apartment. However, always exercise caution when meeting a potential buyer. If you can, don’t meet them at your apartment. Instead, meet them in a public place. Some police departments let you meet buyers in their parking lot. Stop in and let them know you’re there before meeting the buyer.

Facebook

Facebook is not only a great place to catch up with friends, it’s also a great place to sell your stuff! Join online garage sale groups (search for your city) or you can post items for sale to your Facebook friend list.

Sell Your Stuff Online

Of course, it’s also easy to sell stuff online. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Swap.com  – “The Largest Online Consignment and Thrift Store for Women’s, Men’s, Baby & Kids’ Clothing and Accessories”
  • eBay – the original Online Auction site for just about everything
  • Bonanza –  similar to eBay with lower seller fees
  • Poshmark –  sell designer clothing
  • LetGo – “sell used stuff in the US”
  • Buffalo Exchange – “New and Recycled Fashion”
  • IDO/NOWIDONT – sell used wedding or engagement rings
  • Swappa.com – “for gently used mobile tech”
  • Gazelle – “giving new life to used cell phones and other tech”

A good way to get ready to sell is to go through all your stuff and pull out things that you haven’t used in at least two years. Consolidate them in one spot, then using the sources above, sort them into the selling categories that work best for you. Happy decluttering and enjoy the new cash flow!

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas in Fort Wayne

last minute valentines day gift ideas in fort wayne

last minute valentines day gift ideas in fort wayne

In case you forgot, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. If you’re racking your brain trying to come up with the perfect Valentine’s gift and date ideas for your sweetie, you’re in luck. There’s plenty of great stores right here in Fort Wayne that’s sure to have something perfect for your significant other.

Chocolates

When you think Valentine’s Day what’s the first thing that comes to mind. Chocolates, of course! And, Fort Wayne two great shops with delectable treats.

Debrand’s Fine Chocolates – Pick up a heart-shaped box filled with some of the best chocolates in town.

Sweets so Geek – Chocolates for the geek in your life. Stop in to pick up chocolates in the shape Star Wars characters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superheroes, and more!

Boutiques

Fort Wayne has so many great boutiques, you’re sure to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Fancy & Staples – Shop a unique selection of goods including home decor, gift, paper, clothing, accessory, apothecary, and pantry items from handmade crafters/makers, small indie lines, local artisans, and other obscure brands.

The City Exchange – The City Exchange features an eclectic array of shops that are sure to satisfy everyone on your gift list including vintage shirts, beard oils, gourmet popcorn, ties, jewelry, and more.

Saving Grace Vintage – Features restyled vintage furniture and inspired home decor, handcrafted jewelry, natural soaps & lotions, soy candles, decorative pillows, handbags, and so much more.

Creative Women of the World – markets original designs created by women in the third world. Shop handcrafted jewelry, accessories, clothing, home decor items coffee, and bags for women, children, and men.

The Find – offers chic accessories, clothing, home goods and gifts for women, men, and children.

Outer Grace Boutique – Women’s boutique featuring clothing and accessories

Smiley’s Joy – Discover something out of the ordinary from unique home furnishings and home decor to women’s clothing and handbags.

Flowers

Pick up a beautiful flower arrangement or a rose or two to brighten up the apartment.

Cottage Flowers

Broadview Florist

Last-Minute Date Ideas

Looking for something a little different? These last-minute Valentine’s day date ideas are sure to please.

Go for a Spin

Normally we wouldn’t suggest riding a bike in mid-February, but with 50 degree temps on Valentine’s Day, why not? Rent a bike from the Zagster Bike Share located at the Arts Campus, Citilink Station, Grand Wayne Center, Wayne and Calhoun Streets, and St. Francis’ downtown campus and take a tour of Fort Wayne before stopping to grab dinner at one of the many downtown restaurants.

Walk Through the Garden

Take a walk through tropical gardens and season displays. Check out the Sweetheart Orchid display going on now and take a selfie with your sweetheart under a heart-shaped arbor of red “Valentine” orchids.

Hit the Ice

Lace up your skates and hit the ice hand-in-hand at the Headwater’s Park Ice Arena then warm up with some hot cocoa.

Sing Your Love

Croon your favorite love songs to each other at your favorite hangout. Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, Rack & Helen’s, and the Office Tavern offer Karaoke on Tuesday evenings.

Pamper Yourselves

Schedule a massage, manicure, pedicure, or all three at one of the many spas around Fort Wayne.

A Night In

Who says you have to go out for Valentine’s Day? Celebrate Valentine’s Day by staying in, cooking a meal together, and curling up with a romantic comedy on Netflix.

What to do in Fort Wayne in February

what to do in fort wayne february 2017

what to do in fort wayne february 2017

Yes, there is that big holiday (that starts with a “V”) coming up…. So, we’re highlighting some of the romantic things the two of you could enjoy together around town this month along with some other great activities going on around Fort Wayne in February. Grab your sweetheart, BFF, best bud, or even the kids and enjoy some fun in February!

Check-out some of the restaurants with live music (call or visit their websites to see who’s playing that night):

Check out some of Fort Wayne’s great museums and galleries:

Or enjoy some outdoor fun Downtown!

Cheer on the local teams!

Show our fine city some love this February and explore some of the fun things it has to offer!

What to Do Around Fort Wayne in January

what to do in fort wayne january 2017

what to do in fort wayne january 2017
Oh, the weather outside is frightful! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t loads of fun things to enjoy around Fort Wayne in January. Start the New Year off right and take advantage of the great offerings our fair city has to offer. Don’t let the cold stop you. Whether your thing is arts or sports or food, there’s load to see and do all over town — even in the dead of winter!

Art:

Bring the kids to the “Mary Poppins Garden Parties” at the Botanical Conservatory and explore the new Mary Poppins-themed garden exhibit. January through April.

Spending an afternoon at the Castle Gallery in the historic West Central neighborhood is a great way to get out of the cold. The Gallery’s Holiday Show continues into January. Visit their website for hours and upcoming exhibits.

Music or comedy:

Writer and comedian, Guy Branham, at The Tiger Room at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits on January 13th.

A calendar of all of IPFW’s College of Visual and Performing Arts performances can be found here

Sports:

Enjoy some hoops! Check out the Mad Ants schedule for January for great hoop action!

Or some hockey! The Komets games are listed here

And, if the weather isn’t too cold, lace up and head to Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink.

Food:

Savor Fort Wayne is back January 11 – January 22. Enjoy 12 delicious days of menu deals from over 30 Fort Wayne restaurants.

Saturdays, head down to the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field from 9-1 to purchase fresh veggies and other local goods. Buy local at the Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market.

Festivals:

Who says festivals are only for Summer? Bundle up and head downtown Saturday, January 28th for Winterval 2017. Enjoy ice carvers, catch a rugby game, warm up by a bonfire while listening to live music, and more!

Santa Claus is Coming to Willow Creek Crossing

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wcc-santa-party

Santa Claus and Jingle Belle are coming to town and making a stop at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments to visit all of our nice residents.

Where: The Clubhouse
When: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Time: 5:30-7:00 P.M.

Come out to the Clubhouse next Wednesday for treats including hot cocoa for the kids and “spiked” cider for the adults (must be 21+ and have photo ID). We will have someone available to take your picture with Santa and you can bring your own camera to take pictures with Jingle Belle the Reindeer!

Bring a donation for the Community Harvest Food Bank OR the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry for admission!

Most needed items for the Community Harvest Food Bank:

  • boxed potatoes
  • canned cream soup
  • macaroni & cheese
  • canned pumpkin
  • crust mix
  • cereal
  • chunky soups
  • peanut butter
  • gravy mix
  • canned meats/tuna
  • canned vegetables
  • pasta & pasta sauces
  • canned fruit
  • boxed cake mixes
  • cake frostings

Most needed items for the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry

  • Dry food and canned food for dogs puppies, cats, and kittens
  • cat litter
  • dog toys
  • cat toys
  • dog treats
  • cat treats
  • one gallon Ziploc baggies
  • sandwich size baggies
  • quart size baggies

We hope to see everyone!

Best Events Going on Around Fort Wayne in December

what to do in fort wayne December 2016

what to do in fort wayne December 2016

What to Do in The Fort in December

Do you hear what I hear? The thump of a Christmas tree being loaded on top of the family car. The whirring of the mixer and the dinging of the oven timer as holiday treats are whipped up in the kitchen. The rustling of shopping bags and crinkling of wrapping paper as gifts and surprises are prepared for giving. Bing Crosby crooning carols at the coffee shop. The pop and fizz of champagne. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

We wish you a wonderful holiday season, full of friends and family and fun and here are some ways to enjoy the holiday all month long and all over Fort Wayne.

Christmas on the Farm

Saloman Farm Park’s 8th annual Christmas on the Farm on Saturday, December 3rd from 1-5pm is a day filled with holiday vendors and a visit from Father Christmas.

Christmas at Brookside

Spend Christmas at Brookside – the beautiful and historic mansion on the St. Francis University campus is decorated for Christmas by local florists and designers. Visit their website for hours and ticket information .

Breakfast with Santa

St. Francis also hosts Breakfast with St. Nicholas on Saturday, December 3rd at USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center.

It’s a Wonderful Life

First Presbyterian Church Theater presents the classic It’s a Wonderful Life “recreated as a 1940’s radio drama, this Frank Capra holiday classic brings to life the town of Bedford Falls with live sound effects and holiday carols.” December 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 2016.

Twelve Days of Christmas

See the Twelve Days of Christmas displays at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory “Elements of a familiar Christmas carol are sprinkled throughout the Conservatory, from the Atrium to the Desert. Following a whimsical twist, you can explore the facility and discover each part of the song. Along the way, you will enjoy the lights, rich color, and festive décor of our gardens in holiday dress. Kids can climb in the nest with the goose eggs, “milk” the cow, or share a croissant with a French hen. Mom and Dad can enjoy a scenic moment in a swan boat surrounded by lovely holiday poinsettias. Will you find all twelve special ornaments listed on the scavenger hunt? Take family photos or just stroll the gardens as you revive your holiday spirit.”

Fantasy of Lights

The drivable Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park is an annual tradition for many families. November 22-December 31, 2016; 6 pm-9 pm Sunday-Thursday; 6 pm-10 pm Friday & Saturday.

Festival of Gingerbread

The History Center hosts its annual Festival of Gingerbread November 25-December 11, 2016. Creatively decorated houses, crafted by creative people of all ages from all walks of life, are on display.

Mannheim Steamroller

Listen to the sounds of the season with Mannheim Steamroller performing at the Embassy Theatre on December 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

Holiday Pops

Also at the Embassy, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (along with its Chorus and special guests) present the annual Holiday Pops Concert “a program of the traditional and contemporary holiday favorites you know and love. The Hallelujah Chorus, a Christmas carol sing-a-long, and dancing Santas will sparkle in the majestic Embassy Theatre, decorated in holiday splendor especially for the occasion. Get into the holiday spirit and deliver fun for your entire family.”

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

New to Fort Wayne this year is the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on December 31st at the Barrett McNagny Parking Lot. Countdown to the New Year with an LED Tower while enjoying music, fireworks, and entertainment.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

Seasonal Decorations

seasonal decorations

seasonal decorations

It is the time of year when everyone is eager to decorate for the winter holidays. We invite residents to use and enjoy their seasonal decorations, but please keep in mind our decoration guidelines:

  • Please keep your decorations up-to-date and in-season; remove them before they get into disarray.
  • Decorations may not be permanently attached to the building with nails or screws, nor should they be placed in common areas where they may be damaged by lawn or snow removal crews.
  • Follow all fire safety codes: you may not have a real Christmas tree in your apartment.
  • Decorations or furniture must not be placed in such a way that they restrict egress from the building or access to fire extinguishers.
  • Please use only lights and extension cords that are in perfect condition and do not link together more cords than the instructions allow.

What to Do in Fort Wayne in November

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things to do in fort wayne - november 2016

November is here and it’s time to kick off the Holiday Season with a host of great events that will get you in the Holiday spirit!

Christmas on Broadway

Get into the Holiday spirit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, snacks, holiday music, and the Polar Express Train ride on November 18th. The Broadway tree will be lit and fireworks will start at 6pm.

Headwater’s Park Ice Skating

The Headwater’s Park Ice Skating rink opens for the season on November 19. Lace up your skates and enjoy some time on the ice.

Night of Lights 2016

The Night of Lights, party of HolidayFest, is one of Fort Wayne’s favorite Winter festivals as visitors flock downtown on November 23 to kick off the Holiday season. Watch the lighting of the holiday displays including The History Center Turret, The Christ Child Nativity, Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights, and Santa and his Reindeer. There will also be plenty of free entertainment for the whole family including Fireworks at Parkview Field!

Festival of Trees

If you love beautifully decorated Christmas trees, then the Embassy is the place to be November 23-30 for the 32nd annual Festival of Trees.

Festival of Gingerbread

Join the History Center for their annual Festival of Gingerbread  November 25-December 11 and view 100’s of tasty creations from elementary school classes to professional culinary artists.

Volunteer

Heading into Winter and the Holiday Season — it’s a good time to give back to and support our community, appreciate the gifts and bounty of nature, and have fun, too, of course!

Area food banks need help year-round, but the holidays are a particularly hectic time. Follow the links for information on how to volunteer at two of the area’s largest charities: Community Harvest Food Bank and The Associated Churches “emergency food bank”

Go for a Hike

Eagle Marsh, the “largest inland urban wetland restoration in the country” has just opened it’s new “Continental Divide Trail”. Directions, hours, and trail maps can be found on their website.

The Fort Wayne Farmers Market

The Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market has moved inside for the Winter (to Parkview Field) and, starting this year, is now open 9-1 every Saturday! “Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market (FWFM) is a year round, producer-only market that offers a variety of products from up to 40 vendors.  You will find products ranging from farm and garden, home-based foods, natural products, and local artisans”. See the website for directions and parking information.

Arts United Events

Arts United coordinates a plethora of Fort Wayne arts-related institutions: Fort Wayne Ballet, Youtheatre, The Civic Theatre, Cinema Center, Artlink, and more. November highlights include the Youtheatre’s production of A Christmas Carol and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir’s Harvest Concert. Check the November calendar for events and dates.

Basketball

Fort Wayne’s own Mad Ants — the Pacers’ NBA D-League team — are back on the court with 6 exciting games this month! Visit their website for the schedule and to purchase tickets.

Pictures with Pets Wrap-up

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out to our Pictures with Pets events. We had a great time seeing our residents, their family, and their pets!

4Ever Photography and Design

Cory with 4Ever Photography and Design did such a wonderful job setting up our background and taking photos of our pets. We loved the sneak preview he posted and can’t wait to see the rest! For those of you that donated to the Pet Food Pantry, you will receive a free 4×6 photo of you and your pet. If you would like to purchase additional photos, you can do so by contacting Cory of 4Ever Photography and Design. Or give them a call if you’re looking for a photographer for a wedding, family photos, or special event!

Event Photos

We’re excited to get the photos back from Cory, but until then, enjoy these photos that we took yesterday (a few of Cory’s photos are mixed in as well, just look for his logo!)

Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry

Also, a BIG thank you for helping us collect over 100 pounds of pet food and supplies to the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry.  If you haven’t heard of the Pet Food Pantry, they are a wonderful, local non-profit that provides pet food at no cost to those in the Fort Wayne area who are struggling and can’t afford to feed their pets allowing the pets. This allows the pets to be able to stay home with their families instead of being surrendered to local shelters. As we all know, pets are family, and no one should have to give up their pet because they are going through a hardship.

The Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry has many locations around town. Visit their website to check out their wishlist and view donation sites. Soon, Willow Creek Crossing Apartments will be joining the list of donation locations! They really are a wonderful organization and we hope you will help them by donating pet food and supplies. Pick up an extra bag of treat or bag of dog food when you visit the pet food store and drop it off at our leasing office or one of the other drop-off locations.

Halloween

Residents, be sure to stop by the leasing office October 28-October 31 during regular business hours for some “tricks and treats” from the office staff! Fort Wayne trick or treat hours will be from 5:00-7:00pm on Halloween night.

Make sure to keep an eye on your newsletter, this blog, or our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on other news and events including our Christmas Party!

What to Do in Fort Wayne in October

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halloween fort wayne

Can you believe that October is already here and we’re only a couple of more months away from the end of the year? But, just because the weather is cooling down, doesn’t mean that Fort Wayne is. There’s still plenty of fun activities going on in and around Fort Wayne including lots of spooky and not-so-spooky Halloween fun to be had! Be sure to check out Fort Wayne’s Trick or Treat hours at the end of the article!

Foodstock 2016

Grab your eatin’ pants and head over to Headwater’s Park on Saturday, October 8th for Foodstock 2016. Enjoy live music, a craft beer tent and some of Fort Wayne’s favorite food trucks!

Lions, Tigers, & Beer

Head out to Black Pine Animal Sanctuary’s on Saturday, October 8th for Lions, Tigers, and Beers. This annual adult event includes beer tasting, dinner, sanctuary tours, a silent auction, and music among the animals. Proceeds benefit Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion, IN.

West Main Street Antique & Vintage Market

Browse antique’s, vintage items, and repurposed crafts along west Main Street during the West Main Antique and Vintage Market on Saturday, October 15th from 9am-5pm. Plus, grab food from King Arthur’s Trolly and enjoy music by Fort Wayne’s Kitchen Table Players.

Growl at the Moon

The Allen County SPCA invites you to karaoke for a cause during the Growl at the Moon on October 15th at the Grand Wayne Center. Enjoy multiple food buffets, live and silent auctions, a DJ, and karaoke to benefit the ACSPCA

Fright Night

You can’t think of October without thinking Halloween and Fort Wayne’s annual Fright Night on Saturday, October 15th has a plethora of freaky and fun activities all over Downtown.

One of the most famous is the Zombie Walk at the Allen County Public Library Plaza, 2:00pm – 5:30pm; FREE

T.A.G. art will be onsite at the At the ACPL Plaza with their Zombie Machine to help you with your makeover. Food trucks will also be on hand as well as live entertainment. Zombies will begin their undead parade through the streets of Fort Wayne starting at 5:30.

There’s also Fright Night Lantern Tours at Historic Fort Wayne from 6:00pm–10:00pm, $3.00, under 12 free

Check out the full list of activities that afternoon and evening.

WCC Pictures With Pets

Willow Creek Crossing Apartments is hosting a “Picture Your Pet Day” for all residents, their friends, and their family members to get their photos taken with their pets by a professional photographer from 4Ever Photography. The pictures will be taken outside of our Clubhouse, weather-permitting on Wednesday, October 19 from 2:30-6:30pm.

A free 4×6 print will be provided to every resident in exchange for a donation to the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry. You will have the opportunity to purchase more sizes from the photographer if you choose.

Halloween Pet Parade

Bring your pets out to the Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control’s 7th annual Pet Parade at Franke Park on Saturday, October 22nd from 11am-2pm for a pet costume contest, parade, and family fall festival.

Family Haunted Overnight

Grab your pillow and sleeping bag and bring your 6-year or older kids to explore the eerie side of Science Central! Strange noises and occurrences have been reported for years by different employees at Science Central… could the museum be haunted? Spend the evening taking part in hands-on experiments, try to sleep among the exhibits, and then wake up to a light breakfast. It’ll be a spooky good time!

Free Outdoor Movie

Join Sweet’s So Geek for a free outdoor showing of Young Frankenstein starring Gene Wilder on Saturday, October 22nd from 6-10pm. Vietnummy’s food truck will be there as well as photo booths and more!

Family History Month

It’s Family History Month all of October at the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center.
“There are thirty-one days of events to inform, educate, and entertain. Don’t miss events like: Tips & Strategies for Finding Relatives, Living & Dead; DNA Classes; Family History Day for Homeschoolers; Using Technology in Family History; Beginning Classes & One-on-One Consultations; Midnight Madness: Extended Research Hours on October 28; and Workshops featuring Jessica Trotter and Juliana Szucs on October 13 & 22. To register for these programs, please call (260) 421–1225 or email Geneology@ACPL.info”

Our Japanese Sister

The Botanical Garden’s Our Japanese Sister exhibit runs through November 13, 2016. Celebrating Fort Wayne’s sister city of Takoaka, Japan.  As the Garden says, “We honor our friendly relations with our Japanese Sister in this lovely garden with a distinctly Japanese flavor.“

Embassy Theater

The Historic Embassy Theater has a plethora of musical events ranging from Mummies to Bugs Bunny to Johnny Mathis.
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Fantasticon

And check out Fort Wayne’s New Comic Con at the Grand Wayne Center. Fantasticon, “The Ultimate Comic Book and Pop Culture Experience” is Saturday, October 29 – 10am-6pm and Sunday, October 30 – 10am – 5pm.

Halloween

Fort Wayne’s Trick or Treat hours will be from 5-7pm on Monday, October 31st. Make sure porch lights are on indicating that trick-or-treaters are welcome!