Hidden treasures are often found at garage sales, but the odds of striking gold get better when nearly 50 different vendors set up at one location.
The McChord Club and Community Center hosted the first of two summer community garage sales in the parking lot across from the Exchange on McChord Field Saturday. The sale offered variety as large as its total number of vendors, which allowed customers to find what they needed at fair prices.
First Lieutenant Diego Hill of 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Division, and his wife Erica, were happy to find board games, a toy lawn mower their young toddler pushed throughout the parking lot and a toy chest all for about $25 to $30.
You get a lot of options and theyre cheaper than what you pay at a lot of stores, Diego Hill said.
Private 1st Class Josh Tijerino recently returned from Afghanistan with the 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment and picked up a few games from one vendors collection of Nintendo Gamecube, Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation 2 titles. Tijerino left with a couple of games for his son Kevin, 7, to play at home.
Hes been playing since he was 2 1/2, Tijerino said.
The community garage sale was ideal for bargain hunters Jessica Whitney and her husband David, a retired Air Force major with the 62nd Medical Brigade, who plans to return for the second community sale Aug. 10.
If they dont find something this time, theres always next time, Jessica Whitney said.
People arrived early to set up for the sales scheduled start at 9 a.m. Hundreds of shoppers and vendors filled the parking lot to the point where afternoon visitors had to park across the street before the sale ended at 1 p.m.
It helps that the weather is great, said Erika Scott-Small, special events coordinator for the McChord Club and Community Center.
There was also no vendor fee to set up shop, which attracted sellers like Ingrid Moore, who recently paid $20 for a spot at a community garage sale in Spanaway.
Typically the sale on McChord Field averaged about 25 vendors in years past, but last weekends was the largest community sale by far, according to Scott-Small.
I hope we have a similar or better turnout (Aug. 10), she said.