Lancaster's Weekend Marketplace attracts bargain hunters of all ages

August 11, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - For some, the annual city-wide yard sale is a family affair. Three generations were selling at the home of Doug and Angie Crossfield. Five-year-old Peyton Crossfield had his own tent, table and quart jar to collect quarters. Peyton's grandmother, Brenda Powers, said Peyton is selling his toys and cups of lemonade for 25 cents. "He wants to buy a SeaDoo (jet ski)," she said.

Next to Peyton's "booth" is Teresa Elwood with "dill pickled green beans." A jar is $3, but samples are free.

Peyton's father, Doug Crossfield, said the city-wide yard sale has been a successful event in years past. "If it's as good as last year, we'll make about $950," he said. "By 11:30 (a.m.) we were out of stuff."

But others around town said the yard sale isn't what it used to be, despite dozen of cars lining Ky. 52 through town just after 8 a.m. Saturday.


"This is the smallest one," said local antiques dealer A.T. Arnold as he shopped at a nearby home on Danville Street. "Antiques are running out."

Louise Barrett has been setting up yard sales for at least five years on Hill Court. She says a group from Harlan County arrived bright and early. "They drove for three hours," she said.

Add Barrett to those who think the city-wide yard sale's glory days are past.

"They used to start at 7 (a.m.)," she said of the time people start making the rounds and looking for bargains. She says now they wait until around 7:30.

Debbie Stegall echoes that yard sale apathy may have set in. She says the first couple of years she sold out of everything, but now people only want "bargains."

As to what sells and what doesn't, Deanna Turner and Lee Ann Dailey of Danville Street said baby and children's clothes move well.

"Two years ago, I made $300 on baby clothes," said Turner

"Linens, lamps, and dishes," said Barrett. "Clothes don't move too well," she said.

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