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Girard’s Mile-Long Yard Sale continues Saturday – GoErie.com

Shoppers come from near and far for bargains along Lake Street and side streets.

Valerie Myers @ETNMyers

GIRARD — When neighbors first told Kathleen Langford about the Lake Street Mile-Long Yard Sale, she didn’t grasp the enormity of it.

Langford first heard about the sale when she bought her house on Lake Street in Girard in 2006.

“I innocently said, ‘How big can it be?'” Langford said. “It was like a carnival.”

The Mile-Long Sale has been a Girard tradition the weekend after another Girard tradition — Dan Rice Days — for almost a half-century. This year’s sale started Friday and continues Saturday along Lake Street, from Rice Avenue to Bethel Assembly of God church, and along side streets.

Books, DVDs, furniture, toys, clothes, record albums, housewares, even vehicles are for sale on front lawns.

And many lawns accommodate four or five sales.

Kacey Owens and husband Ben on Friday were joined by Kacey’s parents, Ben’s mother and a cousin, all with items displayed on tables on their lawn. The Owens also sold some things, and have for the eight years they’ve lived on Lake Street, Kacey Owens said.

Finding things to sell isn’t a problem, she said.

“I keep digging through things saying, ‘That’s got to go,’ and, ‘That’s got to go,'” she said, arranging the items on a table early Friday.

Sellers from beyond the neighborhood set up shop on Girard High School property fronting Lake Street. Refreshments and Amish-made baked goods are also for sale.

Shoppers each year come from as far away as West Virginia. On Lake Street on Friday, Jesse Casebolt Jr., 46, watched as his father, Jesse Casebolt Sr., 77, strapped a lawn mower to the roof of their minivan. The Casebolts drove 315 miles from Webster Springs, West Virginia, just for the sale, and not for the first time. They’ve come regularly in recent years.

“Sometimes they have a lot of good stuff up here,” the younger Casebolt said. “But it’s a long drive.”

Girard native Marilyn Bowser was home from Florida for her 45th Rice Avenue Union High School reunion, and stayed a little longer for the sale.

“I remember going every single year,” she said.

Jeannie Kosmatine, from Girard, also goes to the sale almost every year. Kosmatine remembers buying canning jar lids and seals some years ago.

“They were $1 apiece, and I bought something like 30 of them,” Kosmatine said. “My entire family has used those lids. I don’t know if I even have any left. You can find some really good bargains.”

Including books and a banana costume for Halloween, bought this year by Christina Hickman and her son, Noah Hickman, of Lake City.

Bargains for sale on Esther Kuntz’s lawn this year include T-shirts left over from the 2017 Dan Rice Days festival. Kuntz had already sold four, for $5 each — half price — early Friday.

Kuntz has been selling things for every Mile-Long Sale since 1969 or 1971; recollections vary on when the late Linnie Meeder and Dorothy Vangor organized the first Mile-Long Sale.

Kuntz remembers being at work when Vangor stopped by and asked if she could “put some things out” for the sale. Kuntz found toys and clothes her children had outgrown, and displayed them on a ladder and pole. Kuntz’ daughter, Karen, then 9, handled the sales while her parents worked.

“I got home that day and she said, ‘Don’t ever make me do that again,'” Kuntz said. “People wanted to buy the ladder, a wash basin and the dog.”

Valerie Myers can be reached at 878-1913 or by email. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNmyers.

Attention Bargain Hunters: Michigan’s 200-Mile-Long Garage Sale … – CBS Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ) – If you’re a bargain hunter who’s always looking for new treasures and great deals, then is this the weekend for you — it’s Michigan’s longest garage sale!

From August 11 to 13, more than 100 garage sales will be taking place along the US-12 Heritage Trail corridor (known locally as Michigan Avenue), stretching over 200 miles from Detroit to New Buffalo. The road is known locally as Michigan Avenue.

(Credit: US-12 Heritage Trail)

If you love shopping and searching for hidden treasures, this journey is for you. Sales can be found along the highway at homes, farms, businesses, parking lots and fields. You will find everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture and farm equipment to fresh garden produce and homemade jams and jellies.

“A lot of people just like having the adventure of finding the perfect item or just discovering some really cool antique items that really don’t exist any more,” Kris Martin, US-12 Heritage Trail project coordinator, told WWJ’s Beth Fisher. “It’s that sense of hidden treasures that you might find. Also, it’s just kind of fun to bargain hunt.”

It’s not all about shopping either, you’ll also find live entertainment and festive celebrations along the route.

“Over on the west side of the state, you have the New Buffalo Ship and Shore Festival taking place along Lake Michigan. They have a lot of crafts and local art and local food there,” said Martin. “And in Saline, they do their annual picnic in the park and they have a lot of events and activities going on.”

And you can plan ahead — browse an online directory of sale items so you get the most out of the day. To view a list of garage sales along US-12 and items for sale, visit us12heritagetrail.org[1].

References

  1. ^ us12heritagetrail.org (www.us12heritagetrail.org)

Attention Bargain Hunters: Michigan’s 200-Mile-Long Garage Sale Happening This Weekend – CBS Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ) – If you’re a bargain hunter who’s always looking for new treasures and great deals, then is this the weekend for you — it’s Michigan’s longest garage sale!

From August 11 to 13, more than 100 garage sales will be taking place along the US-12 Heritage Trail corridor (known locally as Michigan Avenue), stretching over 200 miles from Detroit to New Buffalo. The road is known locally as Michigan Avenue.

(Credit: US-12 Heritage Trail)

If you love shopping and searching for hidden treasures, this journey is for you. Sales can be found along the highway at homes, farms, businesses, parking lots and fields. You will find everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture and farm equipment to fresh garden produce and homemade jams and jellies.

“A lot of people just like having the adventure of finding the perfect item or just discovering some really cool antique items that really don’t exist any more,” Kris Martin, US-12 Heritage Trail project coordinator, told WWJ’s Beth Fisher. “It’s that sense of hidden treasures that you might find. Also, it’s just kind of fun to bargain hunt.”

It’s not all about shopping either, you’ll also find live entertainment and festive celebrations along the route.

“Over on the west side of the state, you have the New Buffalo Ship and Shore Festival taking place along Lake Michigan. They have a lot of crafts and local art and local food there,” said Martin. “And in Saline, they do their annual picnic in the park and they have a lot of events and activities going on.”

And you can plan ahead — browse an online directory of sale items so you get the most out of the day. To view a list of garage sales along US-12 and items for sale, visit us12heritagetrail.org[1].

References

  1. ^ us12heritagetrail.org (www.us12heritagetrail.org)
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