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Townwide sale boasts bargains, treasures

THURMAN - The old-fashioned yard sales occurring this weekend throughout the winding backroads of Thurman will likely be attracting many new bargain hunters due to the Internet, event publicist Perky Granger said this week.

The highly anticipated annual yard and garage sale, 9 a.m. through afternoon hours each day, features housewares, furnishings, plants, antiques, tools, collectibles, boats, vehicles, crafts, campers, musical instruments, sports items and electronics. Maps to the individual sales are available at the town hall, Athol post office, local General Store or online at: www.thurman-ny.com.

This year may be the most popular year ever due to the information highway, Granger said.

Last Friday alone, she said, the Thurman Townwide Sale Internet website page netted 165 hits. Some were referred by Craigslist, where many Thurman sellers have announced their participation in the event.

Other shoppers have emailed their plans to come, telling of their excitement, Granger said. One woman from Montreal wrote, "We love the Thurman sale - We can't wait!" This woman promised to visit Granger's barn sale at sun-up.

The sale organizers are happy this year to be offering more public rest rooms to shoppers - The Upper Hudson River Beagle Club has made theirs available, the Thurman Emergency Medical Services headquarters on High St. will be open Saturday with rest rooms and food, and Taste of Poland - the former Northwoods Club - will hold a sale, sell lunches and provide rest rooms. The Northwoods is distributing a discount coupon in the map packet.

Also, Athol General Store will offer a varied menu Saturday that includes breakfast sandwiches and cappuccino.

Well aware that this time of year black flies are emerging, soap maker Sally Feihel will be selling her homemade Bug-B-Gone lotion - a proven natural deterrent.

Reams of pink posters and pink signs will be in circulation on or before the weekend to guide shoppers through the sale routes.

It is important for them to know to gas up their vehicles in Warrensburg, Chestertown or North Creek before coming, Granger said.

"There are miles of sales and piles of bargains, but not a drop of gas for sale in Thurman," she said.

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