B y Jaime Thomas
Everybody loves to make money, and many people love to shop.
In a combination of these two interests and a way to turn trash into treasure, the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual townwide yard sale this weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., residents throughout the area will set up all sorts of goods in their yards, in Veterans Park and on the high school lawn for their neighbors to sort through and buy. There will be everything from knickknacks to furniture to clothing to browse through.
Chamber President Steve Saltis said the sale, which is one of the biggest in the area, is typically a very well-attended event.
“Usually the response is outstanding,” Saltis said, adding that people come from outside of town to get merchandise.
“It’s really open to everybody in the whole area—people are always coming from surrounding towns in both New York and Vermont,” he said.
Bob Meldrum, president of the Granville Rotary Club, said there is usually a full group of vendors set up at the high school, and historically many people always attend.
“We’ve been doing it for years, and it’s always been a successful event,” he said.
Saltis said there is something for everybody at the sale.
“There’s a wide variety of items; I guess that’s what makes it so unique,” he said. The Rotary Club charges $20 for vendors to set up at the high school, and Meldrum said this brings in a good chunk of change for the club’s various charitable donations. Anybody is welcome to set up here, and they do not have to pay until the day of the event. Their fee buys a 15-foot marked spot.
“The rotary earns $1500 or so; it’s a very important part of our program,” he said. Bob Jones, a Rotarian, said he has more than a dozen vendors set up so far. One woman will be selling lemonade and popcorn, and others will be offering everything from dog biscuits to purses to jewelry. Saltis said the Presbyterian Church will be selling food as well.
“You name it, they’ve got it. There’s a little bit of everything,” Jones said.
While the chamber had discussed holding an auction in conjunction with the sale, officials said they did not have quite enough time or interest to get it together. They are hoping to hold one at a later yard sale.
A map of houses selling items will be printed in this week’s Granville Sentinel.
For information about buying a vending slot, call Bob Jones at 345-5061.