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Massive sale may be dampened by rain, but not downsized

WARRENSBURG - Don Bagwell rolled his eyes Monday as he looked at a weather forecast that calls for rain though Saturday and Sunday, during the annual World's Largest Garage Sale weekend in Warrensburg.

Probability of showers means that he's going to be setting up five commercial tents for vendors selling goods at QVN Motors on upper Main St.

"I'm not too enthusiastic about setting up those tents, but I gotta do what I gotta do," he said. "Whoever sells umbrellas is going to move a lot of them this weekend."

With rain expected, advance registrations for commercial vendors for the World's Largest Garage Sale have decreased about 10 percent, authorities said.

But even with a decrease, the World's Largest sale will still be a blockbuster event, Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce President Lynn Smith said Monday.

"This doesn't change anything," she said. "Rain or shine, it's inevitable we'll have a huge crowd of people here.

Annually, up to 70,000 or so flock to Warrensburg for the World's Largest Garage Sale.

It's huge.

It has attracted national attention, and its fame has endured for decades.

The Sale has set records and launched knock-off events. It's helped local families cope with winter fuel bills. It's earned its place in the Guinness Book of Records. Most of all, it's given tens of thousands of people a reason to visit Warrensburg and experience the town's charm.

For two days, the streets of Warrensburg are awash in humanity and vehicles cram the town for a two-day frenzy of bargain hunting.

Both Saturday and Sunday, a swarming mile-long crowd browses amongst wares from hundreds of vendors and 1,000 or more garage sales in the vicinity.

Whether it's collectibles, specialty or distressed goods, vehicle parts, antiques, old toys, vintage jewelry, household goods, tools - or virtually anything imaginable -it's for sale at Warrensburg's huge sale.

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