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Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Gary Wager, right, talks about vintage violins with Ethel Ludwin during the Broadalbin village-wide garage sale Saturday.

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff April Hanley tries to sell Rollerblades to an interested customer during the Broadalbin village-wide garage sale Saturday.


Bright sunshine and unwanted knicknacks make a village sale

Monday, June 09, 2014 - Updated: 10:15 AM


BROADALBIN -- Hundreds of cars lined West Main Street in the village Saturday for this year's annual village-wide garage sale.

From furniture to Rollerblades, sales this year were loaded with a variety of treasures, and garage sale shoppers were hunting down deals since Friday.

"I had a lot of people here Friday, and I've had so many people here today," seller April Hanley said. "It's amazing how many more buyers I have this year compared to last year."

Hanley attributed the increase in customers to the weather.

"It's a beautiful day," she said. "I kind of wish I was on my motorcycle instead of here, but what are you going to do? I've made a couple hundred dollars, which is what I wanted to do."

With 80 degree temperatures, blue skies, a bright sun and a slight breeze, Saturday's weather truly was perfect for gallivanting in the village for trinkets.

"The weather really is helping sales, I think," seller Robin Coalter said. "This is my first garage sale and I've sold so much from wine glasses to jewelry to household items. People were lined up and waiting to buy at 8 a.m. and it hasn't stopped."

Coalter's husband Robert agreed.

"The weather is gorgeous today and this village-wide event is nice for the community," he said. "It helps people out all around; people who need to make space in their homes and get rid of some things they don't use can sell them, and people who need those items can buy them at a discounted price. It just works."

At Ethel Ludwin's garage, all sorts of interesting knick-knacks could be discovered, like an old violin from the 1800s.

Gary Wager, a garage saler, examined the 200-year old instrument closely, telling Ludwin bits of information he knew about violins.

"I'm just looking at [the violin], not sure if I'll buy it yet," Wager said. "I've been practicing music for 35 years, so I know a thing or two about instruments."

Ludwin's garage sale also included old classic novels, furniture sets, old toys and porcelain figurines.

"I just have a lot of knick-knacks, and furniture mostly," she said. "I used to include a lot of hunting and fishing items when my husband was alive, but he passed away, and I don't have anything of his to sell. This old violin was a gift from my step-father years ago, but I didn't really play much."

Ludwin said the garage sale itself was a fun way to clear space in the house and make a little cash.

"This village-wide sale brings people together. It's nice," she said.

Jean Hallenbeck used her garage sale to bring in more than just customers. Hallenbeck set up a table at the end of her driveway with pamphlets promoting the Northeast Parent & Child Society's foster family program.

"We're trying to find good families in the Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties who might be interested in our program," she said.

Hallenbeck serves as the administrative assistant for the company, and said her garage sale tactic brought in a few names for possible families.

Aside from recruiting families, she said her garage sale experience was going well.

"I had never really done a garage sale before and I'm impressed," she said. "I just moved to [Broadalbin] three months ago and I usually don't do garage sales, I tend to stay away from them, but we had so many old items that we needed to get rid of, so I said, 'Let's do it.'"

Hallenbeck's loot included old toys, uniforms from her son in the Air Force Reserves, and household items. She said one of her big sales of the day was an old motorcycle jacket of her son's.

She said she liked the village-wide event because it gave her an opportunity to meet her neighbors.

"I'm still fairly new here and an event like this gets me out of the house, and it gets others out, and it gives us all a chance to meet each other."


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