From antiques to appliances, sale sells all


April 26, 2002|By Lesa Jansen | Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE LURE OF the hunt will draw thousands of treasure seekers to Mount Airy this weekend to Maryland's Largest Yard Sale.

Up to 10,000 people are expected to jam roads leading to the firemen's carnival grounds on Route 27 in search of antiques, furniture, clothing - even appliances and farm equipment.

"I've seen everything sold here," said Sonny Hager, management vice president of Mount Airy Jaycees, event organizers. "We have vendors selling collectibles and people just selling some of the stuff from their houses. I've seen tractors, flowers, a small boat [being sold]. There's one guy who sells nothing but golf balls, all kinds of golf balls."

The idea of holding a yard sale and flea market began 20 years ago as a fund-raiser for the local Jaycees. The event has grown to include up to 200 sellers and as many as 10,000 buyers from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The twice-yearly event is the largest fund-raiser for the Jaycees.

"It's kind of a townwide event. Neighborhoods nearby will set up yard sales on the same day," said Hager, who arrives at the carnival grounds before dawn to begin registering sellers.

"I've seen vendors come as early as 4:30 a.m. and are all set up before we even get here," he said.

But the consensus among seasoned shoppers is that the early bird definitely catches the best deals.

"Oh, there are definitely a lot of shoppers here as early as 6 a.m., some earlier, looking through things with flashlights," Hager said.

Frederick antiques dealer Mary Fowler will leave her Taneytown home at dawn.

"You've got to start early because all the good stuff is gone if you don't," said Fowler, who will look for vintage kitchen items, planters and figural vases.

Her advice is to scan the sale to see what's there and if you see something you want and it's reasonably priced, buy it then "or it won't be there when you go back." She also advises a supply of cash in small bills, nothing larger than $10.

"Oh, you can bargain by asking, `Can you do any better' or better yet ask them if they'll take a certain amount for an item. But if you're lucky enough to find an antique and the price is right, go for it," said Fowler, who's been selling antiques since 1994.

The Jaycees yard sale will be held from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Mount Airy Firemen's Carnival grounds on Route 27. The event is free to the public. Sellers can rent a space for $40 tomorrow.

Information: 301-829-6225.

Yard waste pickup

Mount Airy will begin yard waste curbside pickup next month.

Residents have had no place to dispose of yard waste since the town compost site closed last year.

Key Sanitation will begin a pickup schedule May 18.

Town residents need to place the waste curbside, bundled or bagged by 7 a.m. the day of pickup.

Yard trimmings, grass clippings, hedge and garden clippings, tree prunings and leaves will be accepted.

All waste must be in biodegradable paper bags. No plastic bags will be accepted.

Branches must be tied in bundles, cut in 3-foot lengths and be no more than 3 inches in diameter.

Pickup dates are: June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug. 17, Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 30 and Dec. 14.

This is a seasonal service, but town officials say they will consider arranging for a pickup after any weather-related incident such as an ice storm.

Information: 301-829-1424.

Native plant sale

The Audubon Society of Central Maryland will hold its annual native plant sale tomorrow in Mount Airy with perennials, shrubs, trees and water and wetland plants.

"These native plants are good for the environment," said Bill Becraft, manager of the Audrey Carroll Wildlife Sanctuary in Mount Airy. "Your local nursery will sell you pretty plants but we have plants that are not only beautiful, they're beneficial by providing food for wildlife as well as nesting places."

Experts from the Windstar Wildlife Institute in Myersville will be available to give advice on establishing a backyard habitat.

Master gardeners from Carroll County and Audubon members will answer questions.

This is the fourth year for the plant sale, which is the largest fund-raiser for the local group and is used to support the two local sanctuaries in Mount Airy and New Market.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Audrey Carroll Wildlife Sanctuary near Old Annapolis and Detrick roads in Mount Airy.

Lesa Jansen's Southwest neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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