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Treasures discovered at McChord garage sale

Northwest Guardian

Published: 11:38AM July 18th, 2013
Treasures discovered at McChord garage sale

Dean Siemon/Northwest Guardian

Scott Marlar speaks with customers interested in his tools and other hardware items at the McChord Community Club’s Garage Sale July 13 at McChord Field.

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 it’s 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 they’re 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 vendor’s 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.

“He’s 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 don’t find something this time, there’s always next time,” Jessica Whitney said.

People arrived early to set up for the sale’s 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 weekend’s was the largest community sale by far, according to Scott-Small.

“I hope we have a similar or better turnout (Aug. 10),” she said.