Patrick Noonan of East Naseau, pulls his two pugs, Taylor and Tanya, around Warrensburg.
Cold temperatures and wet conditions over the weekend drew in fewer crowds than last year to the 32nd annual Warrensburg Garage sale. The 50-degree weather didn’t hinder all shoppers from checking out the World’s Largest Garage Sale Sept. 30 - Oct. 2.
The traffic on Main Street was still crowded, despite the rain, with people on their search for bargains and checking out the vast selections of merchandise from all over.
The event ran from Friday evening to Sunday evening with about 250 registered transient vendors set up all over town. Vendors ranged from local businesses setting up on the street to musical acts, nonprofit groups raising money, and vendors from as far away as Florida.
Visitors could find anything from antiques, discount purses, winter hats, sweaters, knife and kitchen sets, or a souvenir 32nd annual Warrensburg Garage Sale T-shirt.
Tiffany Underwood, of Clifton Park, made the trip Sunday afternoon with her mother, sister and 4-month-old daughter. She said coming to the sale every year is a tradition in her family. They can come together and have any kind of carnival food they want, find a good deal on purses and start their Christmas shopping early.
First-time shoppers Charlotte Hower, Allyssa Latour and Blue Swan-Otter decided to come out to the Warrensburg Garage Sale for the first time to find items to fill their empty apartment at Paul Smiths.
“We found so much amazing stuff for our new place, I only wish we'd gotten here earlier because I know we could have found much more,” Hower said.
Though some vendors said the sales this year were almost 30 percent lower than in previous years, vendors like Barbara Morris, who traveled from New Jersey for the event, said sales for her web-based portable boutique, LilinVictoria.com, of hats, dresses, purses and other accessories, were higher this year than the last three years at the Garage Sale.
“Even though it rained and even with the economy the way it is and people are spending more cautiously, it was cautiously pleasant here,” Morris said.
Other vendors like Jason Fonda, owner of Purse Party in Lake George Village, said his sales had dropped by at least a quarter from what he sold last year. But he said he was surprised Sunday, as he packed up his two tents full of purses, that his sales had been as good as they were.
“This is my fifth year coming here, sales were down because of the rain but its still a cool event to come to and you will still see people out here with or without rain. I’m surprised, I sold more than I expected to,” Fonda said.
The cold weather was a benefit for some vendors’ sales, like the Treasure Shop stand that sold hot apple cider, coffee and treats on Main Street. Employee Andy Farkass said they sold 10 gallons of hot cider on Saturday. The Treasure Shop is an antique shop that is open year round. Their parking lot turns into an outdoor shopping center for the Garage Sale. Farkass said the event is the highlight of the year for local businesses.
The World’s Largest Garage Sale is the second biggest attraction to the town of Warrensburg after Americade.