Fort Ritchie Community Center Indoor Yard Sale a hit with bargain hunters

January 28, 2012|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI |
  • Ava Holsinger reclines in comfort on the tricycle she picked out Saturday at the Indoor Yard Sale at Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade. Grandma Linda Moser provides a balancing grip on Ava's shoulder.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

CASCADE, Md. — It was a sale to please the masses.

Sports fans. Historians. Soccer moms. Vintage home decor divas. Down-home dudes with a hearty appetite.

All of the above and more found something of appeal Saturday at the Fort Ritchie Community Center Indoor Yard Sale in Cascade.

Nearly 40 vendors packed the gymnasium and the game room of the bright, modern facility on Lake Royer.

Bev Coyle, public relations manager for the nonprofit center, said it hosts yard sales five times a year — two in the summer, and one each in November, January and March — to generate income for programs.

“It’s a popular thing. Everybody loves it,” Coyle said. “It’s just like a flea market.”

Coyle said vendors pay $15 per space.

“A lot of them bring collectibles. I try to keep it yard sale stuff. People bring antiques, used Longaberger and some new,” she said. “It’s a variety. Anything you can think of but your kitchen sink.”

Rodney Grimes, 47, of Mont Alto, Pa., and his daughter, Ashley, 17, are regular vendors and shoppers at the center’s sale. The two had a booth where they peddled antiques and collectibles, and they took turns shopping around.

“We usually bring up and buy up,” Grimes said. “I’ve always bought and sold. I started when I was 6 years old. Now, it’s a way to get my family out, spend some time with my daughter doing something we enjoy. We really love it.”

Grimes picked up some vintage records and hand tools, while Ashley found a collectible magazine featuring Elvis Presley.

Mica and Brian Shockey of Hagerstown and their 1-year-old daughter, Rachel, strolled past a sign declaring “All Prices Negotiable.” Mica said she was in search of “girl stuff” such as clothes, toys and stuffed animals.

“We are always looking for a bargain, aren’t we?” she said.

Twins Chad and Josh Biesecker, both 29, of Waynesboro, Pa., browsed an array of items for themselves and family. For their father, a Civil War buff, they picked up a period spoon, stamps and shoe trees. Josh scored deals on a Total Gym and some iPod cases, while Chad bought a “throwback” Joe Montana jersey.

James Chestnut of Boonsboro shopped with his wife, Patty, his son, Alex, 11, and his daughter, Toma, 10. Chestnut said he does a lot of yard saling and antiquing and heard about the sale online.

“This is eclectic. It really seems to go across the board,” Chestnut said. “I’ve seen antique tools, stuff you see at regular yard sales that the kids have outgrown. And you see some (vendors) who seem to be professional types who do this on a weekend basis.”

Corey and Shawn Gypins of Walkersville, Md., were passing through the area to drop a car off for maintenance when Shawn saw a sign advertising the sale. Corey said Shawn called from the other car and told him, “You better turn around now.”

Shawn’s first bargain was a dollhouse for her granddaughter.

“I’m still looking,” she said. “I’m surprised by the number of vendors, and the variety is awesome. There is too much to look at. I'm like, overstimulated right now.”

Shoppers purchased breakfast and lunch at the snack bar where One Mountain Foundation and Cascade Sons of American Legion Post 239 sold concession food.

Coyle said about 500 people attended Saturday’s sale, and about $600 was raised for the center.

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