Wheeling and Dealing

Route 11 Yard Crawl begins for early birds
Ruthie Stoltzfus, of Elkton, Maryland, strolls through tables and racks of clothes at Fisher's Hill as the community gets an early start for the Route 11 Yard Crawl, which starts Saturday. Rich Cooley/Daily
Gary Martin, of Orlando, Florida, looks at items on a table set up on Route 11 north of Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily
Brian Halterman, of Mathias, West Virginia, peeks under covered tables at Fisher's Hill during morning drizzle on Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily
Bill Himelright, of Stephens City, considers an old oil can at a Route 11 Yard Crawl stop at Fisher's Hill on Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily
Hailey Andrews, of Front Royal waits for the morning drizzle to end at this Yard Crawl space at Fisher's Hill. Rich Cooley/Daily
Bill Raynore, of Fredericksburg, looks over some antiques. Rich Cooley/Daily
Sarenna Agrazal,7, of Strasburg, looks over a table of goods north of Strasburg as early birds started the Route 11 Yard Crawl on Friday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

TOMS BROOK – A few morning showers couldn’t dampen the spirits of vendors setting up a day early for the Route 11 Yard Crawl – or deal seekers looking to get a head start on the Saturday rush.

Those set to sell protected their wares with tents and tarps for the devoted few buyers out in the morning and the growing crowds as the day went on and the rain stopped.

Ann and Ron Golliday came from the Edinburg area to browse for new novels and old cookbooks. They’re hoping to nab what they’re looking for before anyone else snatches it up and they plan on making the trek all over again on Saturday to hit the sellers that hadn’t set up a day early.

“This is a good time for people that like to just hunt, you know, you’re on the hunt for something,” Ann Golliday said.

“We try to find something before somebody else does, be the early bird,” Ron Golliday said.

The Gollidays noted that since they started coming to the crawl many years ago, they see more and more undesirable junk blotting out the Yard Crawl gems.

“People are more attuned to what they’re selling,” Ann Golliday said. “Or maybe the merchandise has been exhausted,” Ron Golliday added.

A couple of vendors spot good sells early on and flip them during the short weekend span of the Yard Crawl.

Larry Miller, of Strasburg, browses down Route 11 before Saturday with a weather eye out for undervalued pieces. Having bought a truckload Friday morning, he said he plans on reselling 99 percent of it. One big-ticket item he snatched up to sell was an old canoe.

“I bought it so cheap that I’m hoping to triple my money,” he said. “My truck is full of treasures, there’s no junk on there.”

Although he doesn’t consider himself a businessman per se, he said he can recognize what items are worth and only keeps a select few pieces for his own collection of antiques.

“You can buy stuff for a song because a lot of people sell stuff just to get rid of it,” he said. “They don’t have a clue what it’s worth.”

April Stone, of Strasburg, is helping her father for her sixth Yard Crawl to sell a houseful of furniture and knick-knacks her grandmother owned. With multiple tables, a garage, a truck and storage unit full of stuff, she said they can’t pass it off fast enough.

Other tents are set up with a mission in mind. Members of Master’s Touch Ministries donated clothes, shoes and household items to sell and benefit the church, along with some home-cooked goodies.

Bo Weddle runs two antique booths in Winchester and Woodstock and simply uses the Yard Crawl to bring in different kinds of customers he may otherwise never see. Although his old farm and home antiques may not seem particularly outstanding to some, he said shoppers from out of state will always spring for something different.

“A lot of people get to see stuff that they don’t see anywhere else,” he said.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com

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