June 3, 2011

Miles of bargains

60 Yard Sale.

“I’ve never read this,” she said. “I saw the play and I’ve seen the movies based on it, so I thought I’d take a chance.”

It wasn’t that she was risking a lot. Malott paid the princely sum of 50 cents for the pristine paperback, which still had its original price sticker $5.99 on the back cover. 60 and Interstate 64. Gorman, the prices of which she have escalated since Gorman died last year.

The print had an original price tag of $72 on it. The vendor wanted $20 for it, she said.

Malott managed to bargain the seller down to four bucks.

Needless to say, she was happy.

“The frame’s not too good,” she said. “But, frames are cheap.”

The First National lot is considered prime territory for vendors in the annual event, which is in its sixth year and has taken in portions of the Route 60 corridor in Boyd and Rowan counties since its inception.

Laine Hughes of Vanceburg made sure he got there plenty early to stake out his spot. Saturday.

“There was already another guy who was here before I was,” he said. One of the first items he sold, he said, was an iPod Nano, which fetched $80. By mid morning, Hughes said he’d made about $250.

“This is the third year I’ve been here, and this is the best I’ve done,” he said.

A short distance up the road, Dana Early of Cannonsburg was sifting through items on the vendor tables at Johnson’s Nursery. She said she was mostly looking for smaller household items. “I’m not really sure why. I’ve not enough junk of my own. I really don’t need to buy other peoples’.”

David Hall of Raceland and his wife, Rhonda, were selling furniture at Johnson’s, which is owned by David Hall’s sister and her husband.

“We had a lot of stuff in our house that was just collecting dust and we decided this would be a good way to get rid of it,” David Hall said.

While the sale, sponsored by the Grayson Tourism Commission, offered sheer nirvana for bargain hunters and for folks who wanted to get rid of their excess junk, the traffic congestion it created made for a difficult drive to work Saturday http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ morning for people such as Donna Smith.

Smith, who lives off the A A Highway in Carter County, said she and her daughter, Christy, encountered numerous safety hazards en route to their jobs at the Cannonsburg Wal Mart, including vendors set up too close to the roadway, drivers paying more attention to the sales than to the vehicles in front of them and people with small children crossing the road without looking first.

“It was a nightmare,” she said. “I think the sale is a neat idea. I just wish they could find a better way to do it.”

The city outlawed skateboarding on all public cheap jerseys property, including sidewalks and streets. The new ordinance came in response to complaints from some residents about teenagers skating dangerously in streets, and other groups of skateboarders allegedly harassing older residents in subdivision neighborhoods.

If caught skateboarding, the penalty is: Confiscation of skateboard, $50 fine for first offense plus court costs. Second offense = $100 fine. Third = $200 fine.

Some have pushed back on the ban because locals can now only skate on private property with the permission of the owner.