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Crowd finds weird treasures, bargains at Warrensburg's great sale

Sidewalks were crowded and traffic was bumper-to-bumper Saturday along Main St. in Warrensburg, while shoppers sought bargains and treasures at the 33rd edition of the World's Largest Garage Sale.

Sidewalks were crowded and traffic was bumper-to-bumper Saturday along Main St. in Warrensburg, while shoppers sought bargains and treasures at the 33rd edition of the World's Largest Garage Sale. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Brandy DeGrechie of Glen Lake stood behind a table set up alongside a Main Street sidewalk teeming with people Saturday Sept. 29 during the 33rd annual World's Largest Garage Sale.

She and her sisters Terri and Shari manned one of several booths where their families' excess household goods were being sold. All three were answering questions from the never-ending crowd about their array of items.

“We just want to get rid of our stuff,” Brandy said as a dozen people pored through her sale items. “This also is a great time to spend time with family and hang out together while making a little cash.”

She collected 25 cents from Linda DeCarr of Malone for a giant fake-jewel ring that was once a wedding favor, but now could be used as a napkin holder. DeCarr also scored a spray bottle of baseball-cap cleaner from DeGrechie’s “Free” box.

Despite her giveaway prices, Brandy DeGrechie made change for a buyer from a stack of bills several inches thick.

“This Sale is so much fun,” DeCarr said as she walked away towards the next vendor several yards away.

Warrensburg's World's Largest Garage Sale attracted tens of thousands of people Friday, Saturday and Sunday Sept. 28 through Sept. 30 for a staggering array of antiques, collectibles, tools, household goods, clothing, knick-knacks – virtually anything imaginable – from a vintage stretch limo to cheap tube socks.

The shoppers jammed main street to browse among the wares of 500 vendors, as well as the goods at an estimated 1,000 yard sales through town.

The persistent light rain all day Saturday didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd picking through the offerings of the mile-long stretch of vendors along Rte. 9 or elsewhere in town.

Wandering up Main St. were Jessica and Jerry Rule of Schroon Lake. Wearing a furry skunk hat, Jessica said the couple had scored a switchblade, various pocket knives, and winter gear.

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