By late morning, traffic was backed up out of Warrensburg to the Northway, and crowds jammed the sidewalks, street shoulders and yards.
While many were lured to the area by the sale's reputation and had no idea what to expect, Jeff and Bonnie French of North Bangor, near Minerva, were well-prepared.
Veterans of the great garage sale, Jeff French had 10 years ago welded up a long industrial-strength cart he could pile with his new-found treasures, push for miles, and make it back to his camper. He made it specifically to haul away bargains at the sale, and he's used it every year this decade.
Saturday, his homemade steel cart was brimming with a drill press, a bike for his grandson, a stereo, a car booster seat and dozens of household items as he pushed it down Hudson Street.
"Believe me, we've only just started shopping," he said.
Down on Main Street, Bonnie and Robin Dexter and Kim Allen carried their sale spoils in a factory-made cart, stuffed with a folding stool, a knock-off designer pocketbook, towels, blankets and socks, books and necklaces, a few stuffed animals and a Red Sox wastebasket. They'd already eaten the fudge they bought from the "Fudge Lady" a half-mile north in town.
"This is our vacation spot - we come here every year," Robin Dexter said on behalf of the trio, which stayed the weekend nights at the Surfside Motel in Lake George, but spent their days at the garage sale.
Upstreet, the Fudge Lady, Rosalie Lyon and her husband Kurt of Jack's Reef, said business was robust as Kurt dished out samples of dozens of flavors of homemade fudge.
They ought to know, as this is their 10th year at the sale.
"We've seen fewer Jersey people this year, but it's a really good crowd," Kurt Lyon said.