MONTROSE – The Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale, held in towns and cities across the country along U.S. Hwy. 50, was such a success in Montrose on Saturday that organizers are planning another one, before next year’s annual event.
The event has been held in towns across the country since it began in 2000, but this is the first year that Montrose has gotten into the act with the local yard sale sponsored by the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism and its Retail Enhancement Council.
Jenni Sopsic, director of marketing and public relations for Montrose ACT, said 45 people participated in the yard sale, paying $10 for a space on Main Street, which was closed off between Townsend and Uncompaghre avenues for the event.
“It’s the first year that Montrose ACT has hosted the event and it was wonderful to see the merchants and the Montrose community come together on Main Street,” she said.
Sopsic said she was amazed at the success of the sale.
“I can’t express how great it was to see the support for this event on Main Street,” she said. “Putting on events like this can help weave together the community, and that’s what we would like to see happen.”
She’s not the only one who’s happy. Scott Heald of Montrose sold everything he brought in a full trailer to the event, including a motorcycle and portable sauna.
“It was phenomenal with a great turnout and was quite an event,” he said. “Next year will be a monster, I think. It’s like everybody is coming to your garage sale.”
The community yard sale also helped merchants on Main Street. Glee Westcott, owner of Tiffany’s Etc., said she was pleasantly surprised at how the sale helped her business.
“We had a yard sale table out front for some of our merchandise we wanted to move along and had great prices, but many people also came inside and found merchandise inside,” she said. “I wasn’t really expecting that, but the came in my store and shopped and looked around. It was a nice event and hopefully more of our merchants will do sidewalk sales in the future.”
Stacey Ryan, Communications and Member Coordinator at Montrose ACT, said downtown restaurants also stayed busy all day on Saturday, and she credits the yard sale with bringing more people out.
“It was a great success and we’re very pleased and hope to expand next year,” she said.
Many people asked Sopsic when the next community yard sale would be held, she said, and another one will probably take place before next year’s U.S. 50 event. The Retail Enhancement Council will consider the next community yard sale at its June meeting, she added.
“We will bring the question — but it’s not if we want to do one again, but when,” she said.