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Delaware's Largest Indoor Garage Sale Comes to Lewes

Posted: Mar 23, 2019 10:04 PM
By Mallory Metzner

(LEWES, Del.) - The Merchants Attic Indoor Garage Sale has been growing since the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce started it 11 years ago. This year all vendor spaces sold out several days before the event and the chamber says over 1200 shoppers came through the door within the first half hour. 


Over 100 vendors set up shop for the day inside the Cape Henlopen High School. The Rehoboth Beach Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce says that this Supersized Merchant's Attic is the state's largest indoor garage sale. Shoppers can agree that there's something available for everyone.


Rob Schunck of Rehoboth Beach has been coming to the sale for 5 years looking for memorabilia and good deals.


"I found some really good comic books, Walt Disney, only for 5 bucks, they're 1960,” says 


Siblings Lee and Alex Downs of Lewes on the other hand are at this event for the first time. 


"Today, I'll be looking for older pieces of artwork,” says Lee Downs


Alex Downs adds, ”I’m looking for vinyl and different LP records,” she says she saw some at the sale and hopes to find something nautical. 


Jim Flanagan with Attic Fanatics Antiques has those vinyls and says he has been setting up shop at the event since it started. 


"Everybody sells here from food to clothing to crafts to nautical items to glassware to people selling items that they don't want around the house anymore,” says Flanagan.


Linda Redmond brings the Doll Closet to the sale for the first year and hopes to kick off the spring shopping season. 


Redmond says, “For some of the vendors here, this is their first event of the season and it sparks people to come out because they've been waiting for spring."


Redmond and the other vendors see shoppers from all over. 


Sophie Akrigge traveled all the way from Newark to shop the Doll Closet’s selection. "I was hoping to get some doll clothes for my doll,” she says. 


President of the chamber of commerce, Carol Everhart, says a lot of planning is required to make this event one of their most successful.


"It takes a good 3 months to make sure you've marketed it right, that you've promoted it right. There was a change this year. We held it in March instead of February,” says Everhart.


The Chamber of Commerce is planning an even bigger event in October and it's well represented at this sale. ASAP sells official Sea Witch Festival t shirts from last year and years in the past to make room for this years apparel. The chamber says that they started planning for the upcoming event shortly after the last one ended. This year’s Sea Witch Festival takes place October 25th-27th.