Indoor yard sale to be biggest ever

South Bend,. Ind. Yard sale shoppers will have their hands full this weekend with the start of the three-day indoor yard sale at the St. Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds. The fourth sale of its kind at this venue, shoppers can expect to browse through the most items ever, with more than 60 individual vendors participating.

The combined yard sale will take place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday – Sept. 26 to Sept. 28 – from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. While it is usually contained to one building, this time around the sale will encompass both the Esther Singer building and the swine barn.

The venue will house an assortment of new and used items from furniture and large appliances to child and adult clothing, shoes, books, toys and other trinkets.

The event first took place last year when 35 vendors gathered to sell their gently used items. Event organizer Heather Grabarek has coordinated three sales since then and said they are continuing to expand.

”This time I have over 60 vendors and they're still coming. I still have people calling asking if there are free spaces and I still have a couple open,” Grabarek said. “So it’s the biggest one I’ve ever had.”

Grabarek said bargain hunters can save time and money if they are willing to buy gently used items.

“Well, store to store and hopping from yard sale to yard sale -- you're definitely going to save gas and you're going to save time because it's all in one location,” Grabarek said. “So you know you can shop one, go to another one, ‘oh I see the same thing,’ and maybe get it a little bit cheaper.”

The lineup of sellers differs from day to day, so some shoppers might want to save time for a return trip later in the week. Grabarek also said Saturday is the best time to find deals because vendors will likely cut prices to clear their stock before they head home.

“They're coming here getting the better deals,” Grabarek said. “A lot of people are looking for the used items now versus going into the store and paying the higher prices. It will definitely help people's pockets by buying the used items.”

For shoppers who miss the sale this weekend, a spring sale will most likely take place in April at the same fairgrounds.

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