Free Lance-Star: First “Route 208 Sale Trail” Has Allure

September 13th, 2013, 6:37 pm

First ‘Route 208 Sale Trail’ has allure


For only $1 each, Pete Ostergard was offering just about every classic Disney movie you could think of during Spotsylvania County’s inaugural “Route 208 Sale Trail.”

But don’t get too excited—“Peter Pan,” “Sleeping Beauty” and all of the other childhood favorites were available only on VHS.

Sherry Haynes looks over a box purses at the Eastland United Methodist Church on Friday morning. The first 208 Yard Trail in Spotsylvania ran along Route 208 with yards sales all along the road for 24 miles.

“I can only hope that some grandparents still have a VCR to play,” Ostergard, 71, said with a smile.

A mere 10 minutes later, a woman was overheard telling Ostergard, “It’s for my grandbaby.”

Turns out, Spotsylvania resident Patti Mohr, 44, had just paid $1 for a VHS copy of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”. It was for her 6-month-old granddaughter Alice, who loves watching movies.

“These were like $25 when they first came out,” she said.

The transaction happened Friday at a yard sale outside of Eastland United Methodist Church off Courthouse Road, which for many was the first stop along the 24-mile sale trail running from Four-Mile Fork to Lake Anna. The event, modeled after the popular Route 11 Yard Crawl—a 43-mile yard sale trail that runs between New Market and Stephens City in the Shenandoah Valley—continues today.

Wearing a red “World’s Greatest Grandpa” cap, Ostergard said he’s not a seasoned yard-sale vendor. In fact, he started selling stuff only about four weeks ago, partly because of all the clutter in his basement.

“If our kids had to go clean out our house when we’re gone, they’d be there for a month,” Ostergard said.

The weather couldn’t have been better, with the sun shining and temperatures in the 70s.

Many of the yard sales dotting Route 208 were closer to Lake Anna. Even more are expected today.

Asked how far down the road she planned to go, yard-sale shopper Nancy Hoyt, 66, replied: “I don’t know yet. I know we want to end up at the Courthouse Cafe for barbecue.”

She was with friend Pat Wimpling, 71. The two explored the sale trail on Friday because they are working at a church pantry today.

About nine miles west of Eastland Methodist, Lindsay and Carol Carter hosted a yard sale in their front yard overlooking undeveloped fields.

Around lunchtime, Lindsay cooked hot dogs in his garage, and his wife diced onions to put on the franks, which they were giving away for free.

The husband told an overalls-wearing friend that he had burned the dogs, to which the friend replied: “You can’t hurt a hot dog.”

Meanwhile, about 20 shoppers moseyed among the tables set up in the yard. Items included everything from an old scale to a framed picture of Jesus on the cross.

Vendor Brenda Robbins, 62, of Lake Anna, munched on a hot dog as she reflected on the day. Apparently, she was caught off guard by some of the earlier customers.

“The funny thing, earlier this morning—men,” she recalled. “I’ve never seen so many men.”

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402