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This past weekend, I went to Warrensburg, NY. This weekend they have a town wide yard sale which, they claim to be “The World’s LargestGarage Sale.”
Before we get into the garage sale, let’s look at some of Warrensburg history. The town is named after General Joseph Warren, who was instrumental in enlisting Paul Revere and William Dawes to leave Boston and spread the alarm that the British were on the march. Someday I should do an article about how Dawes was more instrumental in giving the alarm than Paul Revere, but that will come later.
Warrensburg has a population of around 4,255, its location is approximately 1 hour north of Albany, and approximately 10 miles north of Lake George, NY.
During the weekend, there are numerous “local” people who have items for sale. These include homemade crafts to older items which you are accustomed to see in a garage sale. The other sales there are presented by professional vendors. You would be surprised by how many tents there were selling tube socks and Egyptian sheets.
When this event was originally put on, it was almost totally local people. Over the years, when it got bigger and more popular, more professional type vendors appeared. Now, in my opinion, it is dominated by these professional vendors. I am not saying this is bad, but there is more of a vendor atmosphere than a garage sale.
I did not purchase much at this giant garage sale, but I did enjoy going around the town and seeing the numerous tents. I did purchase two ties at a reasonable price.
One place I did enjoy was the Maple Tree Books. They had tons of books for sale outside their building. This is a wonderful establishment, and I hope to visit it on other weekends when I am around Warrensburg.
When I was first studying martial arts, there were no dojos nearby, no masters to teach me. So I read as many books as I could on the subject. This included many by Bruce Tegner, who had a series of books (over 80) dedicated to the different styles of martial arts. I was able to find two of these books at Maple Tree Book Store and purchased them at a ridiculously low price.
This is the 6th year of this event, which is held in October each year; they do promote another comic book convention which is held in the spring. It displays and promotes artist and professionals in one place. With famous guests, exhibitors and vendors, its main mission is to promote the growth of the comic book medium.
This convention was held at the Holiday Inn in Albany, NY. It is a nice venue, even though it could be crowded at times. There were numerous vendors at the show, selling mostly comic books and or comic book themed models or items.
I was able to run into some people I met at previous conventions. One was The Geek Culture Podcast. This is a great group of people dedicated to providing exposure to those dedicated to comics, horror, science fiction and anything else outside that that mainstream media ignores. Read about them on an older post of mine.
I did run into an old friend from In Your Face Wrestling. This was a group I once wrestled for. It was glad to speak to him for a few minutes and catch up on wrestling.
I did meet another author, C.L. Schneider and I purchased two of her books in The Crown of Stones Series. I am looking forward to reading these fantasy novels. C.L. Schneider was a pleasure to meet and her staff was friendly and very helpful.
If you have read and liked my fantasy novel, “Legend of theMystic Knights,” (and if you haven’t WHY NOT??) I know you would love her books, so check it out on Amazon. Also, If you get a chance, check out her authorwebsite or even her Facebook page.
The Albany Comic Con is a wonderful event, filled with the excitement and adventure you expect at one of these occasions. This group dedicated on putting on these types of events means this region is getting a reputation of putting on great sci-fi/fantasy/comic book conventions.
This was a fun weekend as I enjoyed both the Warrensburg, World’s Largest Garage Sale, and the Albany Comic con. I will plan on attending both next year.
Next time: It is now October, and time for the things that go bump in the night to rise, so for a while my blogs will deal with Halloween.