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Yard sales seen for miles

July 04, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Anyone needing a drum set, a bathroom sink or a promotional poster from the 1997 film "Titanic" would have done well Saturday morning at the Mile-Long Plus Yard Sale north of Hagerstown.

Some shoppers couldn't wait for the annual Fourth of July sale.

Jill Colbert found people in her Pulaski Drive garage Friday, digging through boxes of items she had not yet laid out for the sale.

"We didn't even have stuff out yet," said Colbert's friend Kris Austin.

Austin made $300 in two hours Friday. By 4:45 a.m. Saturday, people were already lined up, she said.

Colbert has lived in her North End home for 11 years and has participated in the yard sale for the past 10, she said. The yard sale is an opportunity to purge anything her family hasn't used over the years and to sell old furniture when she redecorates, Colbert said.

The first several years Julie O'Connor lived in the neighborhood, her family left for the Fourth of July weekend.

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"It's so hectic, overwhelming," O'Connor said.

Bu on Saturday morning, she was in her garage, haggling over the price of a workout machine with a prospective customer.

With three children, ages 11, 8 and 2, the yard sale is now a good opportunity to get rid of kids' stuff, she said.

"We only have so much room in the house," she said.

Richard Snyder has lived on Halifax Street for 15 years and has held a yard sale every year, he said.

"We sell everything one year ... the next year, my wife collects all this other stuff," he said.

For the Snyders, it's a family event. His wife, Vickie Snyder, made steamers, hot dogs, and baked macaroni and cheese for the 20 family members and friends who stopped by throughout the day.

He set up his yard sale tables Friday and people started coming by then, Snyder said. By noon Saturday, the family had sold about 95 percent of its yard sale items. They make about $1,000 each year, he said.

Over the years, he's talked to people from as far away as North and South Carolina, and upper Pennsylvania, Snyder said.

Pam Wilt came from East Freedom, Pa., about two hours away, to visit friends. She's been coming to the Mile-Long Plus Yard Sale for four years.

"We yard sale all day long," Wilt said.

After spending close to $100, her wheeled basket was full of purchases, including books and what appeared to be a stuffed goose. Some of it was for friends, and other items were for an auction later this year to raise money for a riding club of which she's a member, Wilt said.

Tim Teach was serving hot food from his home on Halifax Drive. He was one of many residents who got a temporary permit to sell food Saturday.

His neighbors and extended family all pitched in to help make fresh french fries and potato chips.

They sold 600 pounds of potatoes and 400 hot dogs in five hours, Teach said. The potato chips were available plain or with Old Bay seasoning.

"We just do it because it makes everybody happy," said Charlie Hubbard, who came from Rochester, N.Y., to help Teach and Hubbard's son-in-law, Todd McMahan, with the cooking.

He gets to visit two granddaughters and makes a weekend trip out of it, Hubbard said.

People love the french fries, but it's not just about the food, he said.

"July Fourth in this area is very inspiring to me. The patriotism in this area is something to be proud of," he said.

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