QUINCY -- Kyle Trudell of Canton, Mo., spent Saturday morning prowling through Quincy's cavernous Oakley-Lindsay Center, where 150 vendors were hawking all sorts of collectible, household and antique items during the six-hour Monster of a Garage Sale.?Trudell was roaming the crowded aisles with his mother and daughter. He mainly was seeking tools for himself when he spotted a giant antique trunk. He immediately thought of his wife.
"It's a lot like the trunk that my wife had at her grandpa's farm," he said. "She's always liked these trunks. So since I didn't find anything for me, I figured I might as well get something for her."
The trunk was outfitted with drawers and a removable metal case. It even had a small ironing board that folds out.
"It's not even beat up," he said. "I found a treasure trunk."
Trudell said the vendor offered him a good deal, and he couldn't pass it up. He went home a happy man.
Trudell was one of more than 1,500 people who ventured into the OLC for the Monster of a Garage Sale, sponsored by The Herald-Whig.
The event ran 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., but about 200 avid shoppers bought a $5 VIP pass that allowed them to enter an hour early and have first crack at items offered for sale.
"We had a line out the door at 7 o'clock for the early-bird sale," said Brittany Vermeire, marketing manager at The Herald-Whig.
As usual, every table space in the convention center was taken up by a vendor.
"We were sold out weeks before the event," Vermeire said.
She said the sale seemed to be a hit with both sellers and buyers.
"It's been great," she said. "You can get everything plus the kitchen sink. I saw one lady in there selling a front fender from an antique car. It was pretty pricey, but you've got people looking for those unique items."
Tim Moritz of Macomb attended the sale for the first time and walked out carrying a combination record player/DVD player/radio that he referred to as a "cool" and "oddball" item he couldn't pass up.
"I got it for grandma," he said.
Carrie Tarpein of Canton bought two fishing poles with reels for $5 each.
"It was a good deal," she said. "Just the reels alone are worth between $25 and $30."
Geri Hagood of Ewing, Mo., came to the sale with her daughter and granddaughter, Kim and Addison Johnston.
"I enjoy it," Hagood said. "I go looking for crocks and old jars." But the happiest find of the day was something 10-year-old Addison picked up.
"She found a stuffed cow," Hagood said, as Addison pulled the furry toy out of a plastic bag, her face beaming with pleasure.
Many of the vendors also had a successful day. Chris Middendorf of Quincy, who was selling "all kinds of vintage stuff," said the Monster of a Garage Sale has become a great tradition.
"It kicks off the yard sale season," he said. "For all of us that are hoarders, it's a good way to get rid of a lot of our stuff so we can go buy more stuff."
Janet Cline of Shelbyville, Mo., who was selling all kinds of things, including a fishing boat, said she enjoys attending the sale because "it's a great place to sell stuff." But she also likes to do a little shopping while she's there.
"You never know what you're going to sell -- or what you're going to find," she said.