As the saying goes: Out with the old, in with the new; or, in this case, the used.

Non-profit organizations, local families, and assorted groups from across the region brought out their well-worn items for the annual Rec. Department's Giant Yard Sale on Saturday.

Hundreds of people combed through the goods scattered across The Park next to Town Offices from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendors set up tables along the pathways criss-crossing the green sward, and it looked like every inch of open space was covered with items that people were just trying to get rid of. From books and board games to clothing and jewelry, nearly any item could be found atop one of the tables.

About 88 vendors participated in the yard sale, as people slowly made their way to each table, eyeing items and stopping along the way to barter for lower prices or ask questions about the items on display.

Andover Cub Scouts Pack 73 was selling reusable bags in support of the new plastic bag ban in town.

For Inez Nomidis of Boston, the day was about having fun and getting rid of household items in an effort to clear out and eventually finish her basement. She said she went through her condominium and figured she had a lot she could sell.

Characterizing herself as a "big flea market person," Nomidis, who has previously participated in the Todd Farm Flea Market in Rowley, said this was her first year participating in the Andover yard sale. After driving by in the past and attending as a shopper, she decided this year to take the opportunity to get rid of some old things herself.

"We have many items and these are a selection and we want to bring others joy," she said.



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