Clearing out the attic
Barb Herd of Brightwaters says the event is fun.


Clearing out the attic


BRIGHTWATERS—Last Saturday, residents began arriving early at Wohseepee Park in the Village of Brightwaters and began unloading their cars and trucks with a glut of items they had just cleared out of their attics, basements and garages. The annual fall Community Garage Sale, which has been taking place for over 10 years, has become a much-anticipated event for both sellers and shoppers. It’s been so popular that earlier this year, the village introduced a spring sale as well.

Barb Herd, a 27-year resident of the village, has been participating in the fall sale for many years.

“It’s a great opportunity for a lot of people to see what you have to sell, and you don’t have to do any advertising for it. But, it’s also a lot of fun. The most fun is guessing which item would be the first to sell,” she noted.

Herd said she suspected a tabletop sewing machine that garnered a lot of interest in the morning to be the first to go. “You never know what people are going to do. That’s what makes it so much fun,” she added.

Meanwhile, Mark Rhodes, whose wife Lynn grew up in the village, had set up a booth that featured an eclectic mix of items he brought from home. Although it was his first experience doing the sale, he said the atmosphere and people made it all worthwhile. “It’s a good way to clean out [the house],” he said.

“And everyone is in such a good mood here.”