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Something for everyone

1,000 attended 'largest garage sale' at Events Center.


April 22, 2018

Jamie Cushman

This Japanese samurai doll was maybe the most unique item for sale Saturday.

CLOVIS — Billed as "the largest garage sale in eastern New Mexico," organizers estimated more than 1,000 people came in search of bargains on Saturday during the High Plains Garage Sale at the Curry County Events Center.

Events Manager Stephanie Pierson said 50 vendors were on hand for the event, the majority of which were just eastern New Mexico residents looking to earn a few bucks and clear out some closet space.

The majority of the vendors — paying $20 each — had just your typical garage sale items — clothes, books, toys, housewares and furniture — but there was something for everyone.

"It was awesome," Laura Beaulieu said. "There was so much to choose from. If there was something you were looking for, you wouldn't miss it. I think they should do it again next year."

There were a few out-of-the-ordinary items, including a traditional Japanese samurai doll that Sam De Jesus had for sale.

De Jesus said the doll with its intricate, colorful clothing is a traditional gift in Japan for the holiday Gogatsu, or Boy's Day, which takes place every May 5 amid festivals and celebrations.

The doll came with a glass display case that plays music if you wind it up. De Jesus said the doll sparked a lot of interest from shoppers, but he could not find anyone to take it off his hands.

A lot of items were sold though and Pierson said she heard positive feedback from just about everyone involved, vendors and shoppers, with many people hoping the garage sale could become an annual event.

"It was well worth it for everybody," Pierson said. "The shoppers got good bargains, the vendors made money and everyone is very excited that we are donating at the end of it."

At the conclusion of the sale, vendors had the option to donate any unsold items to The Lighthouse Mission, with many of them taking up the offer and helping to fill up a truck with donated goods.


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