HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- More than 50 homes from Hill Road to Eagle Bridge Road participated in the Hoosick town-wide tag sale that brought out-of-town traffic to local businesses on Saturday to kick off Memorial Day weekend.
"It helps every local restaurant and every store that's open," said the Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition's executive director, Aelish Nealon.
Up until last year, the annual tag sale was a cooperative event held by homes across the village. The HAYC3 Armory collaborated to turn the annual event into a town-wide rummage, incorporating an indoor market because rain poured over the area last year.
Over a dozen and a half people took spaces in the HAYC3 Armory at $20 a space this year. Private vendors and families selling their secondhand items made the space look like an antique show.
"This looks like a real Brimfield antiques show to me there are all kinds of treasures that people found in their basements and attics," said HAYC3 creative director Deborah Alter. "The people here didn't want to take the chance of rain and they knew people were going to come here no matter what."
Homes that wanted to be included in the tag sale were able to call in at the HAYC3 Armory to have their addresses put on a map for people visiting.
"It's just about community -- it's bringing people to Hoosick Falls who wouldn't otherwise come people flock to tag sales," Alter said. "It's also a social thing: People who know each other come down to see who's got what."
Hoosick Falls will bring an end to the holiday weekend today, Monday, May 26 with the annual Memorial Day Parade on Main Street. For future village community events, vistit http://hayc3.org/.
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