German Village Gazette

Village Valuables

Treasure-seekers expected to swarm The Village

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It seems like nearly everybody has some zany story about Village Valuables, known as central Ohio's largest yard sale held annually in German Village.

Two women joined forces and held an Imelda Marcos shoe sale.

Local residents Jerry Glick said a friend sold a small sailboat with sail up at his house on City Park Avenue.

A young couple who just moved to the village said that at the end of the day, they had furnished their whole apartment from purchases that day.

"First of all it's the biggest treasure hunt in central Ohio," said Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society.

The 33rd annual event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17 throughout the historic district.

It is expected to draw 10,000 people.

Villagers get as much of a thrill out of the sale as visitors.

Ed Elberfeld said when he and his wife Barb visited their friend's Village Valuables sale, they noticed an ugly necklace and earrings set for sale.

Their friend, Linda, remarked she hated them ever since she received them as a gift.

When Linda wasn't looking the Elberfelds bought them through one of her sale mates.

"On her next birthday we happily wrapped the necklace and earrings and gave them to Linda as a present," Ed Elberfeld said.

"The expression on her face was well worth the price."

Carolyn McCall agreed to sell a case of Easter peeps for a neighbor.

But, throughout the day, she had no buyers. So she put a sign that said "on Hold" on the box.

That sparked the interest of many passersby, who inquired into the availability of the marshmallow candy.

"The only way I could do it was to make them look unavailable," McCall said.

"It was a glimpse of consumer behavior. At the end of the day they were gone."

Some of the neighborhood stores will be offering specials to treasure hunters. Max & Erma's, for example, will be selling pretzels and cookies outside of the store.

Several vendors will gather on the patio, or platz, at the German Village Meeting Haus and offer clothing, home goods, antiques, merchandise and information about their businesses.

Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant will have its food truck parked at the platz, selling such popular fare as Bahama Mamas, cream puffs and German potato salad.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority will be promoting its new downtown circulator, known as C-Bus, at the corner of Third and Sycamore streets.

Meanwhile, Goodwill will be accepting leftover items from the sale.

Officials will cruise the neighborhood in marked vehicles from noon to 4 p.m. looking for unsold merchandise.

Kat Ellery, community outreach coordinator for Goodwill, said the organization accepts such things as electronics, clothing and shoes and small appliances.

Ellery said it's the fourth time Goodwill has collected items from Village Valuables.

"Every donation that comes to Goodwill funds program for people with disabilities and other barriers," she said.

"We're just grateful for the German Village community for its support for us."

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