FORT KENT, Maine — Bargain hunters and treasure seekers will be setting their alarms for an extra-early wake-up call Friday when the second annual 30-Mile Yard Sale kicks off.
Residents from Fort Kent to Allagash have cleaned, sorted and emptied out storage areas in anticipation of savvy shoppers and the curious alike stopping by during the event running Friday through Sunday.
“Last year a gentleman from Pennsylvania stopped in and offered $1,000 for a Wagner 13-inch [cast-iron] pan,” event organizer Lisa Morine said. “I went right inside and tore my kitchen apart looking for one.”
There is no fee to participate and Morine relies on word-of-mouth to spread the news.
Sellers need only set up shop in yards or garages and be prepared to greet people early.
“I had my first customer at 7:30 in the morning last year,” Morine said.
This year the event corresponds with the July Fourth weekend and Moosestock festivities in Allagash.
Close to 35 sales spanned the 30 miles from Fort Kent to Allagash last year, and Morine said she won’t know until Friday how many will take part this year.
“We really just want everyone who wants to participate to participate,” she said.
With a sluggish economy, Morine speculated the bargain hunters will be out in full force looking for deals, and, she added, she is certain they will find them.
“It really is like a treasure hunt,” Morine said, but paused a bit to reflect on the friendly competition among the savvy yard shoppers.
“It’s also a sport,” she said.