October 24, 2021

Townwide sale in Cincinnatus brings out the crowds

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Brenda Comolli, of Cincinnatus, looks at items sold by Ron Barr during Saturday’s town-wide yard sale event in Cincinnatus. Vendors set up selling different items throughout the town.

The items on Ron Barr’s table painted a picture of 20th Century Americana.

Old glass soda bottles lay next to pins for election candidates from the 1970s, 1980s and older. Most striking of all — an old catcher’s mask.

“You never know what folks are interested in,” said Barr, of South Otselic.

The interested folk were out and about Saturday exploring what Barr and others had to sell at Cincinnatus’s townwide yard sale.

Everything from clothes, old movies, posters, flags and — most notable during the time of COVID-19 — homemade masks sold by vendors spread across the town.

Saturday was Barr’s first time selling at the annual daylong sale, but it probably won’t be his last, he said.

“There’s a lot of nice people here and everybody wants to get out and do something,” he said.

Local restaurants and the fire department also sold food.

That is part of the reason why Brenda Comolli of Cincinnatus came.

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Tara Vickery, of Candor, arranges her hand-painted bottles Saturday during the townwide yard sale event in Cincinnatus. Vendors set up selling different items throughout the town.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for our small town,” she said. “We don’t have a lot here in Cincinnatus so this is a great opportunity for our locals and for others to come to town to see what we have.”

Comolli said that she especially liked the chicken barbecue put on by the fire department, which she said she had been waiting months for.

“The Cincinnatus Fire Department does the best,” she said.

Donna Aley of Sherburne said she was just coming to see what was being sold.

“It’s nice,” she said. “They got a lot of stuff.”

Aley, and her two friends Holly Tucker and Laura Lawson bought enough baby clothes and Christmas decorations to fil Aley’s car, Aley said, adding she’ll be back next year.

For vendors like Tara Vickery of Candor, the event helped spread the word about her business, Dragon’s Hoard Creation, she said. Her big sellers Saturday were handmade and hand-designed cups and travel mugs.

“Ultimately, I would really just want to get my name out for people because if I could make my cups and focus on that full time, that would be a dream come true,” she said.

While she normally sells items at conventions, all eight she planned to attend this year were canceled, so she shifted her focus to other events, like Cincinnatus’.

She said that she had been getting a good amount of traffic and people interested in buying.

While she didn’t sell as many items as she was hoping for, she said that with a stagnant year like this, “I’m not going to be too upset,” she said. “Anything is helpful at this point.”