PEQUOT LAKES - Pequot Lakes was hopping Thursday two days before the fishing opener that brings boatloads (literally) of people to the tourist town every year.
So what was the buzz? The first Pequot Lakes Area Sidewalk and Community Garage Sales. Twenty-five businesses and more than 25 homes set up shop outside for the community event which runs through Saturday.
Clothes were hung across the front yard of the Dullum residence in Pequot Lakes Thursday for the community-wide sale. Brainerd Dispatch/Heidi Lake » Purchase reprints of this photo.
"It's really been wild here," said Pequot Lakes business owner Jeanie Haurum.
Haurum owns Northern Treasures, a jam-packed downtown antique shop housed in the former Grace United Methodist Church building. Haurum spearheaded the idea of the community-wide sale and was pleased with how many people participated.
"We just needed some shaking up around here," Haurum said. "Next year it'll be 10 times this big."
With garage sale signs posted on nearly every corner in Pequot Lakes, shoppers were out in full-force. Vehicles lined the streets in residential neighborhoods, while people shopped for bargains in yards and garages.
Clothes were hung across the front Jeanie Haurum, owner of Northern Treasures antique shop in Pequot Lakes, organized the first Pequot Lakes Area Sidewalk and Community Garage Sales. Brainerd Dispatch/Heidi Lake » Purchase reprints of this photo.
Elena Sharma was planning to go to work after dropping her child off at school Thursday morning, but she found herself shopping at garage sales well into the afternoon.
"There are signs everywhere!," she said.
Elena and VJ Sharma of Pequot Lakes are avid fans of garage sales. They usually shop for household items and furniture. Thursday's biggest bargain was a painting they bought for $15.
"When you go garage 'saleing' you never know what you're going to find," said VJ Sharma.
Judy Olson has had a garage sale annually for the last 15 years. Olson was helping neighbor Jody Hoppe, a first-timer, host a sale Thursday.
"These are things I was sick and tired of packing and moving around," Hoppe said of her wares.
Their hottest seller? Designer clothes.
Olson stressed the importance of table layout, small stacks of clothing and pricing things cheaply when having a sale.
"We've had a lot of people coming through here," Olson said of Thursday's sale.
Vi Noska usually hosts a couple sales each summer. She's happy with the amount of traffic she's had thanks to the community-wide sale.
"I enjoy visiting with people, but I feel slighted because I can't go to the other sales," she said.
Maps of the Pequot Lakes homes and businesses having sales make navigating easy. Maps can be found at Pequot Lakes businesses and some homes.
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