World’s Largest Garage Sale founders Jane LeCount and Steve Parisi shared memories Wednesday Sept. 26 about the early years of the great sale — when the event had several thousand attendees rather than a crowd of 50,000 to 80,000.
Photo by Thom Randall.
continued Back in the early 1980s, the Street Sale, also called the Whale of a Sale, grew so fast it created unanticipated problems, Parisi and LeCount recalled. Parisi said that early on, Jerry Quintal of Oscar’s Smoke House complained that the crowd in town had gotten so big the traffic prevented Quintal’s many Columbus Day Weekend customers from getting to his store.
“So we moved the sale up one week, and we didn’t miss a beat,” recalled Parisi, noting that Herwig had told the Chamber the Great Sale prompted the largest county sales tax receipts for any weekend over the calendar year.
“Within four years, the World’s Largest Garage Sale was colossal,” Parisi said.
“We created our own holiday — We pushed the right button for Warrensburg.”