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Sellers, shoppers converge on Burnet square for city-wide garage sale Nov. 1


BURNET — The Burnet City-Wide Garage Sale is around the corner, so if you have something to sell, you better get on the phone and reserve a vendor spot.

And if you’re looking to buy, you better set aside your nickels and dimes because you’re going to have a lot from which to choose.

“This year, we’re going to have half vintage, collectibles and antiques and half garage sale items,” said Cindy Lamb, one of the event organizers. The Burnet Association of Merchants sponsors the garage sale.

The event is 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 1 on the courthouse square.

Lamb said they have spots for 50 booths. The aim is to draw many sellers downtown, which, in turn, will lure lots of shoppers. Already, sellers are being promised the Burnet County Farmers’ Market regulars as well as the Hill Country Flyer passengers. Both of those attractions take place on Saturdays.

“They count those weekends, and there are Saturdays when they have 1,500 people downtown,” Lamb said.

For a garage sale participant, that’s a lot of potential customers.

Lamb said the Burnet City-Wide Garage Sale started three years ago with fall and spring events. One of the reasons for the semi-annual sale was exactly what Lamb described above: numbers.

One challenge for people setting up a garage sale at their home, especially if it’s out in the country, is assuring a certain level of traffic. The more people who wander among your tables and goods, the better chances of selling things. By bringing a large group of sellers together in one spot, customers don’t have to drive all over the place trying to hit as many garage sales as they can on a Saturday morning.

“It’s like going to a mall where you have all these stores in one spot instead of driving all over town to several different places,” Lamb added. “Plus, it’s something to get people downtown.”

Call Lamb at (830) 798-5738 for more information or to reserve a spot.