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Miles and miles of sales

Mile-Long-Plus Yard Sale a bargain for shoppers, a boon for sellers

July 04, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com
  • People line Paradise Church Road looking for bargains Monday during the annual Mile-Long-Plus Yard Sale in Hagerstown's North End.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Doris Cockrell cannot recall how many years she has sold items from her Paradise Church Road driveway as part of the Mile-Long-Plus Yard Sale north of Hagerstown.

But participating has become a July Fourth holiday tradition, she said.

Three generations of Cockrell’s family floated around her front yard Monday talking with customers, making transactions and adjusting merchandise displays.

“It’s a family affair,” said her daughter, Vicky Souders of Williamsport.

Each year, thousands flock to Longmeadow Road and its side streets to shop the dozens upon dozens of yard sales on July Fourth.

For the families and organizations that set out items to sell, it can be a profitable holiday.

Fawnia Anthony of Falling Waters, W.Va., Cockrell’s granddaughter, said her family will make a few hundred dollars at their yard sale.

Just down the street, Adria Spikes of State Line, Pa., said she saves items especially to bring to her mother-in-law’s house on Paradise Church Road each July Fourth.

“It’s tremendous,” she said. “Every year, I make lots of money. I save all my stuff up all year long just for this yard sale particularly.”

Vicky Forbes of Pikesville, Md., brings items to sell from her sister’s yard in the neighborhood.

“Help out? I come here to help me,” she said, laughing. “I bring my dolls and my jewelry (to sell).”

Each of the past 10 years she has participated has been successful, Forbes said.

However, because some yard sales started Saturday and continued through the holiday this year, Spikes said Monday seemed slower than years past, a sentiment echoed by Anthony.

Even as the yard sales wound down Monday, those out looking for a bargain seemed to have luck.

Treasa Bartle of Chambersburg, Pa., said it was her first time coming to the sales, and while she said there was “a lot of stuff” to browse, she found a bike for $1.

Brent Baker of Hagerstown said he started shopping at the yard sales at 7 a.m.

He came looking for good deals on secondhand tools, he said.

By 1:30 p.m., Baker already made two trips to his truck and still was looking for more, he said.

What doesn’t sell Monday either goes back into storage for next July Fourth or is donated to thrift stores, sellers said.

“I pile it up in my van and head straight to Goodwill,” Forbes said of her remaining items.

“Pack it up in the garage and save it for next year,” Spikes said.

“Pack it up and bring it out next year, or Goodwill,” Anthony said. “Last year, we Goodwilled.”

Shannon Howard, store manager at Goodwill on Burhans Boulevard, said July Fourth is one of the largest donation days of the year because of yard sales.

The store was accepting donations Monday until 8 p.m.

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