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Galena City Wide Garage sale draws in crowd

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Everything from clothes...to antiques...to rare collectibles could be found across Galena Saturday, and shoppers were enjoying the trek across the city to find them.

The saying goes...one man's trash may be another man's treasure, and that held true Saturday at the Galena city wide garage sale.

"This is absolutely one of our busiest days of the year." says Tracy Roberts - owner of Finders Keepers on Route 66.

The unique way to shop brought people from all over to Galena, but this wasn't your typical garage sale. Individual sales were held at homes, businesses and parking lots...all hoping to raise an extra buck or two.

 "We do it every year. I love doing it. I work everyday too on a regular job and still just love going out doing second hand stuff." says Kenneth Youngblood, a seller at the high school.

Youngblood has lived in Galena all his life and has been a seller of antiques and machine equipment for years at the sale. This year he took his sale to the Galena High School parking lot, where sellers who had fewer items could park their cars and sell from the lot.

"When we get up here in one group - the happier the buyer will be in one area and it's really helped out. It's been pretty good up here." says Youngblood.

Whether it's buying or selling, it all turns out to be a win win for the city of Galena. Business owners say the steady traffic flow is helping the business, while sellers come home with a little extra money in their pockets.

Finders Keepers along Route 66 was one business who took advantage of the additional traffic in the city. The store offered their own special sidewalk sale. Which ultimately brings more business for owner, Tracy Roberts.

"Main street has been completely redone so everyone is coming to see the streets, the signs, the lights...all the new stuff." she says.

Both Roberts and Youngblood believe the growth of galena this year has made the sale expand since last year, and they hope it continues to grow in years to come.

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