WARRENSBURG — For three days this weekend, the streets of Warrensburg will be awash in humanity — and traffic will be backed up for miles — as people cram the town for frenzied bargain hunting at the annual World’s Largest Garage Sale event.
Both Saturday and Sunday, a swarming mile-long crowd will be browsing amongst wares from hundreds of vendors and 1,000 or more garage sales in the vicinity.
The event has attracted national attention, and its fame has endured for decades.
The community 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.
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.
The event officially begins this year at 9 a.m. Saturday Oct. 1 and runs until dusk, with the same hours for Sun. Oct. 2 — and these are just the sanctioned hours. The advance sales start up to two days earlier.
The event is not just about bargains. There’s also a street-fair atmosphere, with plenty of carnival food: from “blooming” onions and fried bread, to ethnic food outlets and home-cooked delicacies prepared by local churches and community groups.
A lineup of local musical entertainment will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the uptown Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand.
The vendor registrations have dropped somewhat this year, event coordinator Lynn Smith said several days before the sale. But the variety and quality of wares to be offered have likely increased, she added.
“There’s always an incredible turnout, and it’s a fun event,” she said. “It’s a beautiful time of year for people to get out and enjoy the weather while they can.”