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Bargains galore at World’s Largest Garage Sale this weekend

In search of bargains during the 2012 edition of the World’s Largest Garage Sale, shoppers stroll along Main St. in Warrensburg, visiting a myriad of vendors. This year’s garage sale, set for Friday Oct. 4 through Sunday Oct. 6, features over 500 vendors and about 1,000 garage sales in the area featuring an incredible variety of goods.

In search of bargains during the 2012 edition of the World’s Largest Garage Sale, shoppers stroll along Main St. in Warrensburg, visiting a myriad of vendors. This year’s garage sale, set for Friday Oct. 4 through Sunday Oct. 6, features over 500 vendors and about 1,000 garage sales in the area featuring an incredible variety of goods. Photo by Thom Randall.

— It’s that time of year again, when dozens of local families hightail out of town to avoid the onslaught of humanity cramming the streets for the annual World’s Largest Garage Sale — while others are rummaging through closets and garages for unneeded items to include in their yard sales.

This Friday Oct. 4 through Sunday Oct. 6, tens of thousands of people will descend on Warrensburg for frenzied bargain hunting at the nationally renowned event.

Both Saturday and Sunday, a swarming mile-long crowd will be browsing amongst wares from more than 500 vendors and 1,000 or more garage sales in the vicinity.

The event has earned fame in Guinness Book of World Records, and its notoriety has endured for decades.

The community sale has set records and launched knock-off events across the nation. It’s helped local families cope with winter fuel bills and depleted 401k’s.

And whether visitors are seeking collectibles, specialty or distressed goods, vehicle parts, antiques, old toys, vintage jewelry, household goods, socks, toboggans or 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. 5 and runs until dusk, with the same hours for Sunday Oct. 6 — and these are just the sanctioned hours. The advance sales hit their stride on Friday morning, and many begin the afternoon beforehand.

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.

The variety and quality of wares to be offered are unsurpassed this year, according to event organizer Lynn Smith. She added that foliage is expected to be at peak color this weekend.

“There’s always an incredible turnout, and it’s a really fun event,” she said. “It’s a beautiful time of year for people to get out and enjoy the foliage and the weather.”

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