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Those looking for great deals this weekend didn't have to travel far. For some Georgetown residents, they were just across the street. On Saturday, Georgetown hosted a town-wide yard sale day. About …
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Those looking for great deals this weekend didn't have to travel far. For some Georgetown residents, they were just across the street.
On Saturday, Georgetown hosted a town-wide yard sale day. About 15 residences participated, selling everything from large furniture pieces and dishware to tools and toys.
Participants hoped that having everyone's yard sales condensed into one day would create a bigger draw for bargain-hunters.
By 10 a.m., Rose Street's Crystal Onago had sold about half of the items she started with. She said a couple who recently moved to Georgetown from Kansas stopped around 7 a.m. and bought several large items, including tables, bookcase, bed and chairs.
Afterward, about a dozen more people stopped by throughout the morning and bought a few other items, such as bedding and a lamp. Onago felt the longer people stayed, the more they were likely to buy.
“So far, so good,” she said. “I'm hoping to get rid of everything.”
Among the items still for sale were white-and-blue dishware and a matching sugar bowl that her aunt brought her back from Japan. Onago said her aunt and uncle traveled the world, and brought her back several items. While others had more sentimental value, she was hoping to find a new home for the dishware and everything else.
Onago and yard sale participants said that whatever they didn't sell would be donated, as it'd be easier than putting everything back in their homes.
“It's a good way to clear out your garage,” Ruth King said.
King and her husband, Jerry Trustem, had camping equipment, home décor, tools, jewelry, games and more on display in their driveway and garage.
Among them was a collection of English wall art of various heads — a pirate, a detective, a fisherman, a wolf and others. Trustem had been collecting them, but the couple ran out of wall space for them.
“He probably got them at a garage sale,” King said with a laugh.
By mid-morning, Trustem said several locals had already stopped by their yard sale. He was glad the town organized a single day for the event, but wished there had been more participants.
The day provided a unique opportunity for Shauna Larkin, who said her house doesn't get much traffic when she's hosted yard sales previously. So, she hoped publicity for the event would bring more people up to Biddle Street.
Along with bags, puzzles, toys, clothes and other things, Larkin was selling a lamp she had imported from Morocco. She explained that she got it as part of a bathroom redesign. However, when she bought different tile, it no longer matched the new design scheme. So, she was hoping to sell it.
When she's hosted yard sales in the past, Larkin said she typically makes just enough money to buy something else she needs for her home. This time, she was hoping to make enough to buy two bookshelves.
Larkin recalled when Georgetown hosted a similar event about 15 years ago, but residents had to bring their items to a shared location. Saturday's arrangement allowed people to display things more easily outside their home, and thus, potentially sell more items, Lark explained.
“It's an ideal way to clean out your house,” she said.
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