LONGLAKE-The second year of the Great Adirondack Garage Sale will be held May 27-30. The event will include 70 miles of garage sales, stretching from Long Lake to Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Raquette Lake, Inlet and Old Forge.
Alex Roalsvig, tourism director for the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department, was one of the original organizers of the event, which links together a number of individual garage sales that have traditionally been held over Memorial Day weekend.
"We were trying to find events that we could promote and partner regionally to drive traffic to the region,"she said.
The event definitely brought in visitors to town last year, according to Roalsvig, and she said the same held true across the region.
The Long Lake garage sale map has 11 listings this year, and there were another 15 that had not yet registered by press time.
Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Harding said yard sales have been held in her town on Memorial Day weekend for at least 14 years, as long as she's lived there. She was unsure of the precise number of listings that are on the Indian Lake garage sale map, but said it was 10 at minimum.
Harding said it was hard to determine to what degree the garage sales brought visitors to the town as it was to seperate those who come for Memorial Day and those who come to bargain hunt. Still, she said, Indian Lake businesses are busier over the weekend with out-of-towners and second-home-owners coming to to the area.
For the 12th year, there will be a yard sale at the Indian Lake Fire Hall on May 27, from 2 to 8 p.m., and May 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to ALCA Blue Mountain Lake Arts Center, Indian Lake Little League, Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department, North Country Outreach, Cats Limited of HamiltonCounty, Indian Lake Theater, and Indian Lake Community Action.
Adele Burnett, the head of the Inlet Information and Tourism Office, said the event doesn't attract tourism.Rather, visitors are coming to the area for Memorial Day weekend.
According to Burnett, similar garage sales have been held Memorial Day weekend in Inlet and Old Forge for at least the past 30 years.
She said the sales didn't have any significant economic importance. Rather they were more of a tradition.
"It means summer is just around the corner," Burnett said.
According to Burnett, the number of sales in the area is roughly the same as it has been for the past four or five years.
The Inlet garage sale map has six listings, and Burnett estimated at least another six haven't been registered simply because they will be held on the main thoroughfaire, Route 28, and don't need publicity.
Burnett said the Old Forge garage sale map has 24 listings. She estimated there were probably another 10 that haven't been registered.
For more information regarding the Great Adirondack Garage Sale, please contact Roalsvig at (518) 624-3077.