Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 3, 2013

Treasures galore at Giant Yard Sale

The Andover Townsman

---- — If you were in the market for some antique glassware, Halloween decorations, bicycles that were already broken-in and an unusual piece of art crafted from bones, the Park was the place to be on Saturday.

More than 90 vendors hawked treasures they no longer needed to buyers who could give them a new home at the fall installment of the Giant Yard Sale, which filled the town park at Chestnut and Bartlet streets.

Mary Montbleau, director of the town’s Department of Community Services, which hosts the twice-yearly event, said this fall’s offering drew more vendors that usual, with 94 spots rented, an increase of more than 20 over past years.

The Giant Yard Sale originally began about 20 years ago as an Earth Day activity and has grown to become more of a social event for both buyers and sellers. Montbleau said there was a steady flow of shoppers all day Saturday,

“There are always great deals, the sellers are usually willing to negotiate, making the shoppers happy and the sellers thrilled to go home with less,” Montbleau said in an email.

Montbleau said some of the vendors participate as fundraisers for their groups or worthy causes. A local Brownie troop was among those manning a table on Saturday. And at the end of the sale, many vendors donated household items and clothes they did not sell to Lazarus House in Lawrence, which stopped by in the afternoon to fill a truck with much-needed items for the organization.

The next Giant Yard Sale is planned for the spring, which Montbleau says is typically a larger event, drawing upwards of 115 vendors.