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Shoppers flock to annual Mile-Long-Plus Yard Sale

July 04, 2007|By SHANNON EPPS

Standing on the side of Longmeadow Road Wednesday morning, Lois Snyder laughed with her daughter, granddaughter and church friends as she guarded the mound of new purchases next to her.

"It's just a fun thing to do on the weekends," she said. "I love it."

Snyder was part of the large crowd that came to Hagerstown for the Mile-Long-Plus Yard Sale, which takes place annually on July 4.

Snyder said she already had dropped one load of merchandise in the car, and she had another full load beside her. She said she bought toys, rugs, dishes, clothes, shoes and flowers, among other items. And all for less than $30, she said.

"She's a wheeler and dealer," said her friend, Sherry Lane.

A few houses away, Ed and Leesa Lacroix had a table set up in their own yard.

"It's a great way to meet people, that's for sure," Leesa said.

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She said cooler temperatures and overcast weather might have brought a larger crowd this year.

"I think that it was very oppressive last year, with the heat," Ed Lacroix said.

As if on cue, thunder roared in the distance, and a few drops of rain fell.

"And it's raining," Ed Lacroix said. "There you go."

But the rain stopped almost as soon as it began, and the yard sale continued uninterrupted.

The mild weather agreed with Joey Murray, who has been coming with her daughter from Chambersburg, Pa., for the past five years. She said that the weather made this year the best yet, and that she still had shopping to do.

"We're not done yet," she said as she sifted through clothes in a bin.

Although Murray said she enjoys the event, she said she would like to see more available restrooms.

Paramount Brethren in Christ church was one location where shoppers were able to make a pit stop before returning to bargain hunting.

Rod Miller helped at the refreshment table in front of the church, and said the church has been participating in the yard sale for more than 20 years.

"We have fruit cups and we have all kinds of sodas and water, and of course, the big thing is that we keep the bathrooms open," he said.

"It's good fellowship," Miller said. "We just have a good time and enjoy people from the neighborhood."

Although Patty Tressler has been shopping at the yard sale for several years, she was a vendor for the first time at Wednesday's sale. She and her sister, Tammie Boucher, reluctantly sold some of the items that belonged to their mother, who died eight months ago.

"It was a couple things when someone picked it up we had to take it back, we just couldn't let go," Tressler said, referring to a jacket that her mother had worn often.

"We tried very hard, and we let go of a lot," she said.

Liz Burris, who has been participating for seven years, also has made the yard sale a family affair.

"My brother and his wife and their kids, they come from West Virginia, so it's kind of like a family day," she said.

But Burris wouldn't spend the entire day at the yard sale, she said.

"When we're done here, we're going to my mom's, to the pool and having a barbecue," she said.

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