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Bargains galore found at Bitterroot 50 Mile Garage Sale

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Shoppers looking for bargains along Highway 93 in Lolo (MTN News photo) Shoppers looking for bargains along Highway 93 in Lolo (MTN News photo)

From Lolo to Darby, residents throughout the Bitterroot are selling their possessions for this year's Bitterroot 50 Mile Garage Sale.

Folks have been beating the weekend heat by shopping local - very local.More than 200 sellers across 110 locations are participating in a garage sale of epic proportions.

The aptly-named 50-mile garage sale runs from Lolo to Darby, and allows backyard bargain hunters in the Bitterroot the chance to shop til they drop.

"Well you never know, there's hidden treasure! I like to look for tools, since I'm a carpenter, but you never know what you're going to find," shopper Chris Greenwood said.

Those parting ways with their once-prized possessions say it's about lightening their loads without throwing anything away. Nancy Typinsky says she is glad to be able to share some of her childhood treasures with the community.

"And I just thought that this would be a nice opportunity to sell some of my merchandise. I've got all my collectables out for sale, Batman and Jurassic Park. And you know, I'm just having a great time!" she said.

Typinsky says the Bitterroot 50 Mile Garage Sale allows folks living off the beaten path to get the exposure they need.

"I just think it's great to give people an opportunity in a small time, if they live on a back street or wherever, where they can't get people to come."

And for *some* people searching behind each "yard sale" sign, the real joy doesn't come from the *items* for sale - but from the stories behind them.

"What I enjoy about it is talking to the people who are selling things. I learn something every time, and I just like to share ideas. That's what's fun for me," Mary Lu Greenwood said.

No matter what the reasons are for buying, selling or just browsing, folks say the Bitterroot 50 Mile Garage Sale is all about community.

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