Shoppers at the Seville yard sale stand in line at a trailer to order Spiess french fries Friday. Spiess is one of many food vendors that set up shop for the two-day sale held in front yards along state Route 3 in the village. LUCAS FORTNEY / GAZETTE
The streets of Seville, covering 2-square miles, hold a population of 2,382, according to the latest U.S. Census figures.
But about 1,000 additional people temporarily crowded in Friday as sidewalks were swamped with bargain hunters, food trucks and some people just looking to find a place to rest in the shade.
It is the weekend of the annual two-day villagewide yard sale, a tradition held dearly by longtime participants and first-timers alike.
Despite Friday’s crowds, local residents concede the sale might no longer be the “world’s largest,” as was once allegedly proclaimed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
But resident Shirley Auxter wonders if it could be one of the world’s longest-running sale events.
Auxter, age 90, said Friday she has participated in at least 45 sales since moving to the village in 1952.
“Seville has been having yard sales since at least the ’70s,” she said.
But for others, the tradition is just beginning.
Cannen Adams, 8, capitalized on the summer’s heat by selling beverages.
“Last year I sold pop,” Adams said. “This year I’m selling water for 50 cents, and I’ve got a cooler twice as big.”
Adams’ upscaling might just come in handy, too.
The village’s mayor, Carol Carter, said she expected that today — the second day of the sale — the crowd will be twice as large as Friday’s.
“There’s a fabulous variety of food vendors and great parking. So I look for … a huge success!” she said.
Besides yards being full of goods for sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, the Seville Chamber of Commerce will host a chicken barbecue 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The chicken will be prepared by Seville-Guilford Township’s own Fire & EMS Department at the village’s only fundraiser of the year. Officials said they will cook 520 half chickens.
An interactive map and more information about the yard sale can be found at http://bit.ly/2sIkUtR.
Messages may be left for Lucas Fortney at (330) 721-4065.