Yard sale at Fairgrounds Park stables lures pack rats and bargain hunters

October 13, 2007|By MARIE GILBERT

HAGERSTOWN ? Several years ago, Herb Johnson sold a small ceramic vase for 50 cents at a yard sale. What he didn't know was that the vase once belonged to his wife's grandmother and was considered a family heirloom.

"It was in a box in the garage," Johnson said. "I thought it was something she was planning on throwing out. Boy, did I get in trouble."

Now, nothing leaves the house without his wife's permission.

"I learned my lesson the hard way," he said.

Johnson was among the many vendors who participated Saturday in a community yard sale at the Fairgrounds Park stables.

The event was held in conjunction with Harvest Hoedown, which also took place at the park.

Sponsored by the City of Hagerstown, this is the third year for the yard sale.

"We have vendors filling more than 70 stalls," said Karen Giffin, the city's director of community affairs. "And since we opened at 7 a.m., we've had a steady stream of people coming in. We've had a very good response."


The yard sale featured everything from furniture and clothing to toys and seasonal decorations.

Among the people going from stall to stall was Janine Baker of Hagerstown, who was checking out a display of books.

"I love to read," she said. "Sometimes, I can find real bargains at sales like this."

She already had found three books of interest and was looking for more.

"I usually read a book a week," she said. "When I'm finished, I pass the books on to my sister."

Ben Liefer of Hagerstown said he had found an old chair that he was going to refinish and had his eye on a lamp.

"I buy all sorts of things," he said. "I consider myself a collector. But my wife says I'm a pack rat."

Stacey Walters said she was having a hard time finding something for herself. Instead, her son Dustin, 3, was heading to every stall that featured toys.

"He spots them a mile away," the Hagerstown woman said. "I just bought him a truck, but I'm sure he'll find something else."

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