When my husband asked me to spend Saturday morning at a yard sale with him, I didn’t get overly enthusiastic. Then he told me, “My friend told me that there are only 3 or 4 of these ‘events’ each year and this is the end of the summer yard sale. It is the Stormville Flea Market and has been dubbed as “one of New England’s largest antique shows and flea markets. There are going to be hundreds of vendors at this yard sale because it is the last one of the summer.”
The Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market started back in the 1970’s and has grown into an event that attracts over 600 vendors from more than eight states. People arrive by the thousands in buses and cars just to spend the afternoon walking and observing the merchandise on sale.
Since Saturday was a particularly beautiful morning here in the Hudson Valley, I decided to give in and accompany him on this short drive across the Hudson River. We drove through quaint little towns until we finally found the turn-off for the event and then the traffic came to a screeching halt. This event was packed out and we waited several minutes just to pull into the parking lot.
We took a short hike through the field and into what seemed an endless array of tables, people and stuff. I immediately found a cute wooden wall hanging that reads: “Always Kiss Me Goodnight” and I bought it for two dollars. It is now hanging in our bedroom right next to the husband’s side of the bed!
The bargains were unbelievable and you truly could find just about anything that your heart desired or your home required. There were basement windows on sale for $20 and the Flexible Flyer Sleds for $25 (that sells for over $100 on Amazon), there were even some tools that my husband purchased for $2 that he said cost over $10 at Home Depot. Amazing bargains.
All in all, we could have probably stayed much longer and spent more than we wanted on stuff we didn’t need but we left after an hour or so. It was a really splendid way to spend the Saturday morning.
If you happen to be in the Hudson Valley of New York on November 6 or 7th, you can catch the final sale of the year as they celebrate “Christmas in November”. Admission is free and I promise that you’ll be glad you came. Just remember to leave your pets at home.