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Looking for bargains in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Looking for bargains in Saranac Lake. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Bargain hunters crowd Saranac Lake garage sale

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The Village of Saranac Lake was crowded with bargain hunters from all corners of the North Country Saturday for the first annual Village Wide Garage Sale. The event was sponsored by a women's civic group; village residents paid $20 to get on the group's garage sale map.

Chris Knight took a drive through the village during the event and sent back this audio postcard.

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Over 80 houses participated in the First Annual Women’s Civic Chamber Village Wide Garage Sale. The sales featured items that ranged from boats to kitchen sets.

“We’re having fun. We hope to have everything gone by noon so we can head for the beach,” said one homeowner who held a garage sale over the weekend. Another owner in Saranac Lake sold some construction items left over from building her house.

One man and his son sold snickers ice cream bars to patrons of the garage sale, and he said, “We had many people come up and say, ‘Isn’t it too early for ice cream?’ But what is it, like 9 o’clock right now? We’ve already sold 15 bars, so we’re making a killing on that.” They also offered a trampoline, humidifiers and a huge stuffed duck for sale.

A woman who attended the sales said that she appreciated the map that the civic group put together of the sales. She had a strategy for navigating the sales and said, “We do a section at a time. We just kind of cross off the map and we do a section. We go to garage sales, we go to a lot of community-wide, and this is the first annual, so you thought you were going to get a lot of good stuff here.”

Another sales patron bought some rustic outdoor furniture, a three-burner Coleman propane stove, a camping cot, a Coleman lantern and some cushions. She said, “I’m having a great time; I need another car!”

The Women’s Civic Chamber raised more than $3,000 through the event. The funds will be used to sponsor other events and programs that the group supports, such as the Winter Carnival Coronation ceremony in February, scholarship awards and Daffest in the spring.

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