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2 Local Counties Kick Off 'West Virginia's Largest Yard Sale'

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Upshur and Lewis Counties were packed with yard sale shoppers as part of "West Virginia's Largest Yard Sale" on Friday.

For people like Ronald and Holly Darhower, who came to Buckhannon from the Gettysburg area, events like this are a perfect fit.

"I was on the Internet looking for something different to do for a getaway extended weekend, saw this, and thought, let's go for it," said Holly Darhower.

Hundreds of avid yard sale shoppers packed the streets of Buckhannon, as well as Upshur and Lewis Counties, both on foot and behind the wheel to find the best bargains possible. And many of those who came out for the sale were armed with a plan.

"There were two maps in the newspaper so right away we got 3 copies and we started looking at the way we can come and we started walking and sweating, but it's worth it," said Connie Gray who traveled to Buckhannon from southwest Michigan.

The sale isn't just for residents, either. With all the extra people in the area, businesses are getting a big boost, something the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau is encouraging businesses to take advantage of.

"It's not necessarily just residential yard sales, we open it up to businesses too, we encourage them to have sidewalk sales, and just really embrace the visitors," said CVB Executive Director Laura Meadows.

While some yard sales are out to make a buck, other vendors just want to get their items, such as children's clothing, to those who need it most, whether or not they make much money in the process.

"I usually try to sell them every year because there's a lot of people out there that really does need this stuff. And a lot of times I just give it away because I know a lot people out there needs it," said vendor Lisa Butler.

Both the Darhowers and Connie Gray said part of what brings them to sales each year is the joy of finding a treasure everyone else has missed, and all three said they'll be returning again next year.