The Big Grab is on!

BLYTHEWOOD/FAIRFIELD/RIDGEWAY– Shops, restaurants, service stations, hotels and other merchants in Blythewood, Winnsboro and Ridgeway are stocked and ready for the invasion that will happen this weekend, Sept. 9 and 10, when the annual 50- mile Big Grab yard sale descends on the three towns and everything in between.

Already businesses and residents along the sale route are renting 12×12-foot patches of their parking lots to vendors. “Rain or shine, it’s on,” Fairfield Chamber president Gene Stephens said.

“The merchants and churches and lots of family yard sales are ready for the crowds.  The Big Grab is not just for businesses. Churches have found the sale so lucrative that their members have been collecting and storing items for it all year. Some churches report sales in the thousands, and members of one church, had so many rooms of furniture and household items in the past that they arranged their merchandise like a Rooms-to-Go store, with living rooms, dining rooms, baths, bedrooms and kitchens. While the towns’ consignment shops usually take the lead in Big Grab sales, restaurants and boutiques have also reported multiple lines at checkout counters both days of the event,” Stephens said.

Hotels, restaurants and service stations in all three towns also reported a significant uptick in business Stephens said organizers are expecting vendors and shoppers from several states away again this year.

“It’s great for our businesses, and it’s great for our resident shoppers who get to browse all this stuff brought to our doorstep by outside vendors,” Stephens said.

“Prices are great and the selection, well, there’s no end to it. It’s phenomenal!”

For those still looking for vendor space, call 803-635-4242.

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