Garage sale spans many counties, promises bargains

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PARIS, Tex. (KXII) -- "One person's junk is another person's treasure," said Donna Cartwright, a garage sale worker.

Yard sale shoppers rejoice, it's the weekend that comes only once a year.

"The Highway 82 Yard Sale weekend," said Tina Parker, hosting a Garage Sale for the event.

In it's tenth year, the yard sale spans 425 miles across Highways 82 and 287, all the way from Knox to Bowie counties.

"We started at six o clock and it's almost two now. And we're still not done taking stuff out of the warehouse. We took a little lunch break but there's still so much more than this," said Marquelous, Fred, Jakob, helpers at a local sale.

For the fifteen towns hosting sales, it's a chance to show off downtown areas and boost commerce.

For some shoppers, this weekend is only the beginning of a season of shopping.

"I love to garage sale, do it every weekend, as much as I can," said garage sale regular Lisa Denman.

But to the pro's, it's all about the art of the deal.

"The good deal. It's got to be a good price," said Denman.

"They're finding bargains, definitely bargains," said Cartwright.

"Let me tell you, I've got some good deals here," said Parker.

Seasoned garage sale hosts know how to spot the professional shoppers.

"Fanny pack, going around the car to the back of it and lifting the truck up," said Marquelous.

"I've got a couple that come and they just want antique stuff and that's what they want. Of course we have the men with the fishing stuff. But them you've got some that are regular yard salers and they come for everything," said Parker.

And they mean business.

"Today I've already been to about 25 sales," said Denman.

But for this weekend, vendors and customers all have a common goal.

"It's not the money that's the success, it's the getting rid of it and, you know, letting somebody else enjoy it for a while," said Cartwright.

"There's always a treasure out there, some type of something good," said Parker.