The Duncan Banner

July 21, 2013

Garage sale fever knows no age, or heat limit

Mike Smith
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Money changed hands at a brisk pace in Duncan on Saturday as folks looked for bargains during the 28th annual “World’s Largest Garage Sale” and those who set up temporary shop took their cash.

Some lawns and driveways were solo operations, while others were family affairs — combo sales with goods gathered from lots of relatives.

Take the sprawling set-up at Tereasa Vachon’s house on Cedar Street, where the family — and extended family — has been taking part in the Friday and Saturday event for years.

While Vachon chatted with people who were browsing, her sister, Glenda McBride, talked with those who were buying something. During this stretch of Saturday morning, McBride — who lives on the outskirts of town — was the cashier.

“We’ve been doing this here for about 20 years,” McBride said.

Her granddaughter, 10-year-old Reese McGuire, was cashing in as well by selling cold sodas and bottled water at $1 a pop.

She’s been taking part since she was 5 and now uses the money to help pay her entry fees for her favorite activity — English rider horse jumping. A picture of her horse — Soldier - was propped on an old, wood-framed Coca-Cola chest full of ice-cold sodas.

“She said awhile back, ‘I want to help mom pay for my entry fees,’ so in the past she would take stuff off our table and sell them,’” said her granddad, Gerald McBride.”

He suggested she sell sodas instead.

“So anything she makes, all the proceeds go to entry fees for her horses,” he said.

Street corners throughout town were dotted with yard sale signs pointing the way, sometimes with encouragement.

For example, one gave the address and read, “You’re almost there.”

One street light pole on a busy intersection of U.S. Highway 81 was surrounded with signs to catch motorists coming from any direction — all promoting a sale more than two miles away on Osage Road.

Shirley Hirth of Duncan was out and about by 7:30 a.m. She walked away from a sale on Spruce Street with three, rubberband-bound bunches of pencils for just 75 cents.

Hirth hits garage sales every three months or so, she said, but none offer more than the “world’s largest.”

She only wishes it was held in the fall.

“It would be a lot cooler,” she said.