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Shoppers Pour In For Citywide Sale
Visiting the citywide yard sale day on Saturday, the Dade family of Modesto was considering a purchase; dad Steve stands in back as mom Stefanie and son Stephen, 4, check out a game. Marg Jackson/The Times

More sales – and more shoppers – appeared to be the order of the day on Saturday, with the annual Escalon Citywide Yard Sale a major success.

Every corner of the city seemed to offer a plethora of sales and people were out and about early on Saturday morning, Oct. 7 looking for the best deals. Yard sale hours were officially 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This year marked the 25th anniversary year for the citywide sale and it was one of the best in recent memory, according to those running some of the sales. They reported steady steams of shoppers looking for deals, while the weather also cooperated, with sunny skies and a bit of a breeze.

“We’re just trying to ‘go out with the old’ and bring in some money for the new,” said Shannon Strohman, running a sale in the 2500 block of Yosemite. “This is our fifth year and this is my best year yet. We have a lot more buyers.”

Her mom, LaVona Craghead of Mariposa, was there to assist and said she was amazed to see so many sales in one community.

“I have told so many people about this,” she said. “We’ve had people from Modesto, the Bay Area, it’s an exciting event.”

Nearby, Eva Hernandez of Modesto was searching for some treasures in the 2400 block of Yosemite.

“Every year, we come together, all the family,” she said of her daughter, grandchildren and brother among those out shopping this year.

In the 2400 block of Matthew Lane, Cindy Naraghi of Escalon was overseeing a family sale.

“There was a lot of stuff we needed to get rid of,” she said.

On Swanson, Ken Allerton of Modesto was looking over some hats and said he heard about the sale from his wife, who recently started working locally. The Dade family from Modesto was also treasure hunting in the same area.

“I got some golf clubs,” said dad Steve, while wife Stefanie was helping son Stephen, 4, pick out a game to take home.

Marcee Titsworth was running a sale at her son’s home Saturday morning while he was out coaching his youth soccer team at the Community Center.

“My husband and I are manning the fort,” she said. “It’s going really well.”

Escalon Covenant Church was also sale central, putting donations from church members out on the parking lot, while several people from outside the city limits rented spaces in the city’s Main Street Park to showcase their wares throughout the day.

And from Autumn Lane to Zinfandel Drive – literally from A to Z – there were plenty of sales to shop and enjoy.