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Treasure Hunt -- Annual Main Street Bazaar and Yard Sale hits the road Saturday morning

January 14, 2016
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Bargain-shoppers have been organizing their shopping strategies, and now it's time to hit the road literally as the seventh annual Main Street Bazaar and Yard Sale takes over San Carlos Island Saturday, Jan. 16, beginning at 8 a.m.

"Everything is finalized and we're looking forward to another great bazaar. There's a little bit of something for everyone if you haven't been there yet, you should give it a try," said Bill Arendt, lead coordinator of the sale.

Along with plenty of great communities to bargain shop, many will also offer something to keep your nutrition up (there's a reason why it's considered Shop 'til you Drop).

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Bargain-shoppers have been organizing their shopping strategies, and now it’s time to hit the road – literally –as the seventh annual Main Street Bazaar and Yard Sale takes over San Carlos Island Saturday, Jan. 16, beginning at 8 a.m.

Stop by Oyster Bay for a $3 pancake breakfast that morning; Gulf Cove will offer coffee and treats at the clubhouse, and Port Carlos Cove will have burgers and brauts for lunch, as well as a very sweet bake sale.

Once you're all set and ready for a morning of treasure hunting, swing by the neighborhood and shop away. It may help to carpool, and there's lots of parking in the Salty Sam's run-off parking lot, as well as a few of the participating communities.

Travel up and down Main Street and up through Buttonwood during the massive hunt, including Sportsman's Cove, Ebb Tide and Port Carlos Cove, Helen, Nancy and Emily Lanes, and Gulf Cove, as sellers bring out their wares and goodies for purchase anything ranging from clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories to furniture, electronics, sporting goods, recreational items, marine equipment and more.

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"The weather should be ideal for shopping, and the communities have really come together for another fantastic event. There will be something for everyone; a little bit here, a little bit there,"?said Bill.

Sales and specials will include:

Oyster Bay RV Park: All-you-can-eat pancakes, with one order of sides and juice/coffee for $3, running from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sale at the clubhouse, starting at 8 a.m. Plenty of parking available across the street from the entrance.

Gulf Cove: Sale at the clubhouse, plus coffee and other tasty treats.

Southern Comfort Storage: Several of the renters will be offering sales from their storage units that day, and many will also have boats, cars and other vehicles up for sale.

Oak Street North: Individual yard sales.

Trico Shrimp Co.: Five-pound box of fresh frozen shrimp pieces on sale for $30. Don't forget your coolers.

Nancy Lane: Consolidated and individual yard sales.

Emily Lane: Individual yard sales.

Helen Lane: Sale at the corner of Main Street.

Ebb Tide: Sale at the clubhouse.

Port Carlos Cove: Sale at the clubhouse and pool area, traditional sale intems, including furniture and appliances, as well as homemade soups, pies and other baked goods are available for on-site consumption or take home, along with grilled brats and burgers with all the trimmings, with lunch kicking off at 10:30 a.m. Also offering additional, free parking for the sale.

Sportsman's Cove, on Buttonwood: Collected sale in the parking lot and open field area.

Bootlegger's: Enjoy happy hour after your hunt.

Salty Sam's Ship Store: Offering discount on new merchandise.

Semmer Electric: Various tables in front of the business.

"It would be a good idea to carpool and/or take your bicycles," Bill said. "Parking up and down Main Street fills up fast, so additional parking includes the spot across the street from Oyster Bay, as well as the lot across from salty Sam's, and the field behind the Port Carlos Cove clubhouse."

Bill is eager to boast how well the communities have been coming together to make this sale a great success, and is sure to additionally thank a local business man. "A special thanks to Bill Semmer and Semmer Electric for displaying our banner on San Carlos Boulevard, as he's done in the previous years. We hope to see everyone down on Main Street and Buttonwood Saturday."



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