Looking for deals at a garage sale with designer labels
The annual neighborhood garage sale continues today in the upscale Clarence development, home to some of the area’s wealthiest and best known residents, including doctors, a congressman, and current and retired Buffalo Sabres hockey players.
So more than your average garage sale fare is up for grabs. In Spaulding Lake, the caliber of the wares and the size of the deals are a cut above those at other garage sales happening across Western New York this weekend, as can be expected at homes with three and four garage doors.
Shine, a Spaulding Lake resident for 18 years, can be considered a garage sale veteran. Friday, she and her two person sales team worked the floor of her driveway turned showroom, greeting passers by and haggling over the prices of everything from pet supplies to sporting equipment, as well as a full spread of designer and replica handbags.
Shine’s experience and vigorous salesmanship paid off in a big way two years ago, when she raked in $2,900, including $600 for a desk. Despite those eye popping profits, Shine said most shoppers do not come to Spaulding Lake ready or willing to shell out big bucks.
Shine recalls charging $30 for an item originally worth $350,
only to have a determined shopper ask her to lower the price to $10.
Dr. Robert S. Bates, of Cobblestone Drive, saw shoppers perusing his offerings a full hour before the scheduled start.
“I opened the doors at 8, came out and saw people coming up the driveway,” said Bates, a dentist.
Elsewhere on Cobblestone Drive, a trailer hitched to a minivan contained a family’s garage sale haul: a lawn mower, a PVC pipe hockey net and an air conditioning window unit, among other finds. The minivan shared curb space with residents’ Jaguars, Hummers, and high end Chryslers.
The lack of sidewalks in Spaulding Lake did not deter bargain hunters from sweeping the neighborhood on foot. Shoppers crossed lawns and walked along the streets as others combed the neighborhood in their cars looking for a place to park and a sale to explore. But the steady flow of shoppers persisted into the afternoon, buoyed by the picture perfect weather.
Sheryl Daniels, of Kenmore, accompanied by her four children and two aunts, heard about the sale from a friend. Daniels browsed through items in Shine’s driveway and took note of the neighborhood’s beautiful homes and manicured landscapes, which added to Spaulding Lake’s appeal as a bargain hunting destination.