By ABBY SLANKER
Thousands of bargain hunters headed for the 19th annual Angels for Animals Gigantic Garage Sale, held over three days at the Canfield Fairgrounds, which offered a variety of items, from the very small to the very large.
The sale consisted of five buildings filled with deals on thousands of items, including books, crafts, holiday items, housewares, toys, bikes, electronics, furniture, hardware, sporting goods, exercise equipment, luggage, hand and power tools, antiques and collectibles, clothing, jewelry, shoes and purses. The bargain barn offered everything that was not priced and furniture overflow.
“We have 40 percent more stuff this year thanks to two estates that were left to us from Canton and Cornersburg. We made $79,000 last year and our goal this year is to make $100,000. All the money we raise goes right back into the shelter to support our programs and provide food, shelter and veterinary care for the dogs and cats waiting to be adopted,” said Diane Less, founder and developmental director for Angels for Animals.
Shoppers were given a list of items in each building and a map to help them locate the buildings.
“We had 1,100 early birds this year. Those are the hard-core shoppers we like to see,” said Less.
Angels for Animals accepted donations for the sale at the fairgrounds during the three days before the start of the sale. Several volunteers then priced the items and set up tables in the buildings.
Volunteers from the organization also helped during the sale days, from collecting entrance fees, to working the food stand, to working the check outs in each building and keeping the tables and items organized.
A Chinese auction was also held with baskets full of donated items and a 50/50 raffle was also available.