Bargain hunters stalk streets of Hartford

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Bargain hunters by the hundreds came to Hartford looking for treasures among myriad roadside sales in the annual townwide yard sale. From bed frames to computer monitors, Christmas decorations to new fleece blankets there was seemingly no limit to the items up for grabs over the weekend.

Across the town from Route 40 to Main Street and Route 149, sale signs dotted the road like seasonal flowers calling in the shoppers like hives full of honey bees with promises of steals and deals.

Bonnie Williamson the owner of ‘As Time Goes By,’ the event’s volunteer organizer, said the sale continues to grow each year.

“It’s been a really good turnout and it’s been steady, all day,” Williamson said.

More than 50 sellers signed up for the map the she puts together to help visitors find their way around.

Large sales and small sales dotted the road as it ran north through the middle of the town. At the Stella Rose Bed and Breakfast vendors put on a flea market, while just up the street the Scouts of Troop 40 sold hot dogs and hamburgers with cold drinks.

Troop leaders said they had done well, doing steady business all day until they began to run out of items even before they planned to pick up their tent.

Williamson said the sale was the only one of its kind in the area with the closest sales that day taking place in Corinth and Schroon so she expected the crowds to be substantial – and they were.

The state of the economy is certainly a factor behind some of the activity, but Williamson said others just like to come out and go from sale to sale until they find something they like and this was the only opportunity to do so within an hour’s drive.

Sellers off all kinds agreed.

“It gets bigger and better every year,” Doug Armstrong said of the townwide sale.

More than a dozen people browsed the articles for sale in his county Route 23 driveway as cars filled roadsides throughout the town nearly blocking off traffic at some points. Armstrong said he had friends from Granville come over to join his sale and things were going well.

Sellers on East Street, just off of Route 40, said they had customers before they were even finished setting up Saturday morning with one car full stopping in before 7 a.m.

Despite the early start the day had gone well, she said.

Service with a smile seemed to be the order of the day. Sellers set aside items already purchased by customers returning with a bigger truck or a now empty car – some even delivered.

When a customer agreed to buy a king-sized bed set from a county Route 23 sale, he had one question – how could he possibly get it home in his small car?

“Oh that’s all right, we’re going to be in Granville later, give us your address and we’ll drop it off,” the seller said. The gently used cherry bed frame set with a few odd scratches arrived at its new home just before 7 p.m.

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