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Annual yard sale brings out hard-core bargain hunters

July 06, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • Crowds browse through the neighborhoods along Long Meadow Road in North Hagerstown Monday during the annual Mile-Long Plus Yard Sale.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer,

Being the father of seven children with an eighth on the way, Williamsport resident Tony Mayo looks for every bargain he can get.

So it wasn't a surprise that Mayo and his wife, Dawn, started shopping just before 5:30 a.m. Monday at the Mile-Long Plus Yard Sale north of Hagerstown.

"Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, but there's something for everyone," Mayo said of the hundreds of tables that were filled with salable items. "It's a lot cheaper than stores. I'll buy toys now and hide them 'til Christmas."

Mayo was one of thousands of people who descended on Longmeadow Road and its feeder streets in temperatures that reached 95 degrees. Many of the participants didn't seem to mind the heat as they happily pulled wagons filled with purchases and idled in traffic with couches strapped to the tops of their vehicles.

Lawns were heaped with items ranging from small knickknacks to motorcycles. A portion of the street in front of one house was covered with used vehicles that had the mileage and asking price soaped on the windshields.

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People who didn't use the occasion to sell their unwanted possessions peddled hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks. In a few cases, wives were heard shushing their husbands because they asked to go home.

Clair Martin said she started setting up a table in the driveway of her friend's Longmeadow Road home at about 6 a.m. Monday. She said she made at least $60 by selling old Tupperware, history books and other items.

"It was stored in my basement for about 20 years," Martin said. "It's a good way to make money just sitting."

Liz Strite of Mercersburg, Pa., spent much of Monday selling kitchen wares and other things from the garage of an in-law's home on Longmeadow Road.

Strite said she primarily comes to the Mile-Long Plus Yard Sale to get rid of things she doesn't want, but she also looks for bargains.

"The yard sale for me is about clearing out the house and picking up things for a good price," she said.

Strite's mother-in-law, Peggy Strite, said she started to set up for the yard sale Friday evening and began selling to customers at about 6:15 a.m. Monday.

Peggy Strite said she made roughly $100 in the first four hours.

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