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Crowd finds weird treasures, bargains at Warrensburg's great sale

Sidewalks were crowded and traffic was bumper-to-bumper Saturday along Main St. in Warrensburg, while shoppers sought bargains and treasures at the 33rd edition of the World's Largest Garage Sale.

Sidewalks were crowded and traffic was bumper-to-bumper Saturday along Main St. in Warrensburg, while shoppers sought bargains and treasures at the 33rd edition of the World's Largest Garage Sale. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “We have to be here to protect the public, so we decided why not make a few dollars while we're on duty,” Geraghty said.

Two blocks away, Subway restaurant was also collecting a lot of cash for their fare. They had a line out the door at lunchtime. During last year’s garage sale, the enterprise had experienced its most profitable days ever.

This year’s receipts, however, were cut down by a deep lineup of food booths in the parking lot in front of Subway, whether the vendors were serving blooming onions, fried bread, quesadillas, or steak sandwiches.

One of those food vendors, however, Ziggy Viscusi of Rotterdam, has set up his enterprise at the World's Largest sale for many years. Saturday, he and his family members manned his long booth that served sausage-and-pepper or steak sandwiches. The savory aroma of cooking food wafted over the crowded sidewalk, drawing hundreds of customers, one after another.

“Gas prices may be up this year, but people are coming up here to Warrensburg anyway,” he said.

His neighbor, Lisa Ferlazzo, assembled a sandwich for a customer standing in line.

“I’d heard of this big sale in Warrensburg, but I had no idea what it was really like,” she said. “From now on, I’ll never miss it – This is unreal.”

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