Having an indoor garage sale in the middle of winter is a perfect activity most Ozarkers can enjoy.Â
That’s what the Greater Springfield Garage Sale & Marketplace is about, said Tony Veneziano, public relations manager for Bonnier Events. The annual event celebrated its 27th year at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds this weekend.
For many of the 400 or so vendors, the event has become a place of tradition and family gatherings, he said.
“There’s something for everyone â it’s a lot of people clearing out their attic and garage,” Veneziano said about the unique items available. “It’s winter, so nothing is going on outside.”
Among the vendors were Teri Rakes and Anita Beard, first cousins on their mothers’ side. Their booth sported several sewn items, including some embroidery and crochet pieces by Beard.
“We like to sew and make things, and you can only have so much before you have to start giving it away,” Beard said.”As my husband says, can you finish one project before starting another?”
The cousins have enjoyed traveling together with their booth for a few years but hadn’t seen each other for about 40 years â that is, until they finally started living in the same state.
“We picked up where we left off,” Beard said.
As a retiree, Beard said being a vendor isn’t about the money, but meeting new people, getting creative and not answering the phone if she doesn’t feel like it.
“Oh, I didn’t have any reception and missed your call,” Beard joked.
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