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Garage sales set in the village of Broadalbin

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - Updated: 10:35 AM

CAROLINE MURRAY

caroline.murray@recordernews.com

BROADALBIN -- A village-wide garage sale will take place this Saturday and Sunday with vendors stretching from Route 126 to North Street -- and everywhere in between.

Antiques, jewelry, baby clothing and furniture are just a handful of items participants have listed to sell at various times through out the weekend. More than 50 residents have already signed up this year.

Village clerk Sheila Bleyl said a list of sales are available at her office, or online on the town's and village's Facebook pages.

"People hold their sales at their own convenience at their own locations," Bleyl said. "Some start their sales early and the scouts are out looking for the deals well before the weekend."

The United Methodist Church at 65 North Main St. is renting out space for a small donation fee. Church administrative assistant Dawn Austin said there is still room available for inquiring garage sale participants.

Along with vendors, the church is also playing host to a giant bake sale with cookies, pies, cakes, breads and more. Austin said a concession stand will also be set up, featuring hamburgers, hot dogs and other refreshments.

The church is only participating in the event Saturday. On Sunday, their regular Mass schedule applies, Austin said.

Bleyl said the village was one of the first municipalities in Fulton County to implement a garage sale of this magnitude.

She said it began in the late 1980s or early 1990s and has been a success ever since.

"Most of the townships in the county have followed suit ... most everyone is doing it," she said.

The village board set the date back in January. Bleyl said she typically reserves the first weekend in June for the affair, and the participants are left to do the rest of the organizing.

Bleyl said a peddler's license is waived for the weekend, but a person needs permission from a homeowner to set up a table in front of his or her property.

Besides the garage sale, Bleyl said most local merchants hold sales over the weekend to take advantage of the crowd.

"Saturday is usually the busiest and Sunday is a little quieter," she said.

     

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