2010 Garage Sale was best in recent memory

By early afternoon Friday, they'd sold 500 pounds or so.

They sold a few ounces of their confection to Warrensburg town board member John Alexander, who stopped by for a treat. A few hours earlier, he had flown his plane over Warrensburg to assess the crowd.

"From the skies, it was mob scene - it was just unbelievable," he said, noting the persistent rain Thursday and Friday delayed the shopping frenzy that was unleashed with Saturday's sun.

Walking past Alexander was Stephen Erickson of Averill Park. He was carrying an electric guitar in a case for his son, also named Stephen, who was walking beside him.

They had not only found the guitar at a rock-bottom price, but they picked up an "Electric Project Lab," a handcrafted rubber-band gun, a few videos, and a real hand grenade.

In recent years, the two found a cannonball and a musket for their collection of authentic military items, plus some collectible Star Wars weapons. Every year, the young Erickson loads up on Pokemon cards, the elder Erickson said.

A few blocks south, Shari Quinn of Portsmouth Va. was selling magnetic bookmarks as she has for many years. She reported sales were far better than last year, although some shoppers were likely to be conservative with their money.

"We look forward to this every year - I enjoy seeing all the people," she said.

Upstreet, a crowd of people were examining a vast display of handmade jewelry items, crafted by Linda O'Neill of Warrensburg, featuring natural gemstones and rocks.

At times on Saturday, she had a long line of people waiting in line to pay for rings, necklaces, pendants and other items.

"We've been swamped," she said. "We've had very good crowds here this year."

On Sunday afternoon, when cold weather set in, she sat by a raditor set up by her husband David, who was in the late 1970s, the first woodstove manufacturer-dealer situated in Warrensburg in modern times.

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