For faithful garage sale shoppers, Saturday offers a little slice of heaven.
More than 100 households have registered to participate in the annual Gigantic Kenmore Garage Sale, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on streets throughout the 1.44-square-mile village.
The event debuted late last July with a similar number of participants.
“We were absolutely shocked last year when we had so many,” said Melissa Foster, a founder of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, the civic group organizing the event.
Knowing the popularity of garage and yard sales, the society advertised far and wide – including Southern Ontario. Participating households paid $5 each toward defraying those costs.
“We know the Canadians love garage sales just as much as we do,” said Foster, whose husband is Canadian.
In Kenmore, “they won’t waste any time going from place to place, or any gas,” she added.
Maps will be distributed during sales hours Saturday at the Village Green, Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road, in front of the municipal building. They also can be downloaded at villageofkenmore.com/gigantic-kenmore-garage-sale.html.
Garage sales involving entire residential blocks, or even communities, are not uncommon, Foster acknowledged. But Kenmore’s event offers additional activities.
For starters, the map also contains coupons and offers from local businesses. The intent, Foster said, is to get shoppers to “spend the whole day in Kenmore and have a really great time.”
Next, there’s a treasure hunt of specific items to be found at sale sites; clues were to be added to the maps by late Friday.
“People have to use the riddle to discover what the item is,” Foster explained. If they find it at someone’s sale, they need to ask if it’s part of the official hunt. If it is, they take the item back to the Village Green to claim a prize.
And borrowing from the idea of the feedback booth from “Antiques Roadshow,” a “Whad Ya Get?” video booth will be set up on the Village Green for shoppers to record messages about their finds. Everyone who records a message gets a prize.
Once the sale day is over, participating households can drop off unwanted and unsold items at a Buffalo ReUse truck that will be parked at the Village Green. After last year’s garage sale, the nonprofit recycler pulled away with a large trailer full of items to be sold for a fraction of their original prices at its facility on East Ferry Street in Buffalo.
In fact, the Improvement Society has worked with a variety of recyclers for several years.
“So we can be a more green community and make it convenient for people,” Foster said.