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South Hadley, Granby prepare to pull out the stops for weekend tag sales

Sellers here are gearing up for the annual townwide tag sale Columbus Day weekend that attracts bargain shoppers from miles around. In short, expect to find tag sales at homes around town Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Traffic typically slows to a crawl in South Hadley on tag sale weekend as buyers view items for sale while motoring past. Drivers should be prepared to brake suddenly, as sharp-eyed bargain hunters may abruptly stop to shop.

Laura Krutzler, administrative secretary to the Select Board, said town residents are requesting tag sale permits at a furious pace.

“Six is the usual number (of permits) for a typical weekend, 12 if it’s a big weekend,” she said Wednesday. “We’ve issued 33 permits so far and our biggest days (to issue) permits are Thursday and Friday, so I expect us to issue about 50 permits.”

Town residents are advertising their sales online at craigslist.com and popular yard sale websites such as yardsalesearch.com, along with ads in local media.

Items featured for sale this year include furniture, house wares, clothing, tools, toys and baby items, along with the always-popular (and seldom-used) tag sale perennial — exercise equipment.

While sales along South Hadley’s main roads will be most visible, those on side streets such as Brainerd and Loretta streets will also offer bargains.

New this year will be the South Hadley Falls Neighborhood Association’s first-ever Columbus Day tag sale, with donations of household items sold on Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 44 Lamb St. The group will also offer baked goods for sale to hungry shoppers. All Saints Episcopal Church, 7 Woodbridge St., will host a craft fair on Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And for those who won’t be shopped out this weekend, or who have other plans, a town-wide tag sale is planned for next weekend in Granby.

The Granby event is the first in what the Friends of the Granby Library hope will become an annual event there, too.

The Friends group is holding an Oct. 13 tag and craft sale in the center of town on Route 202 to benefit the library building fund. (The rain date is Oct.20.)

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Janice McArdle, youth services librarian. “We have more than 30 sellers so far.”

Along with tag sale items, the library event will feature local crafters selling knit goods, decorations and jewelry, including “steampunk” jewelry.

Local writer Sheila Connolly, author of the “Orchard” mystery series set in fictional Granford, based on Granby, will deliver a talk at 11 a.m., answer questions and sign books.

McArdle said the Friends group is also offering a tag sale map to help buyers find private sales at nearby residences. Maps will be distributed at the Friends event and will also be available in the library.

McArdle said private tag sales can be listed on the map for a $5 fee — the deadline is Tuesday.

Sellers can download a sign-up form on the library’s website, granbylibrary.com, or get one at the library, which is open Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 1 to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call the library at 413-467-3320 for more information.

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