JOHNSTOWN – For those who need a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, look no further. There will be plenty of opportunities for some spring shopping this weekend in Fulton County.
The Johnstown city-wide garage sale will take place Saturday and Sunday and a slew of local businesses are joining by having their own sales over the weekend.
In Broadalbin, shopping and entertainment collide at the Car and Craft show, where there will be live music for patrons to enjoy as they shop the selection from different artists. The event is free to attend and takes place at Cowboy Up Saloon at 230 Stevers Mill Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Another craft fair will be happening at Perth Town Hall, located at 1849 CR-107. It is this first of what will hopefully become an annual tradition. The Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also on Saturday.
In Johnstown, the garage sale will be occurring all over the city as different local businesses set up to participate.
McLemon’s boutique is a women’s clothing store in Johnstown specializing in vintage and alternative clothing. As a nod to their funky offerings, they will be putting on a “Punk Rock Garage Sale” in front of their store at 31-35 West Main St.
Jessica Henry McClements owns McLemon’s Boutique, and enlisted some of her industry friends to participate in the sale.
“I figured let’s get a bunch of people together to sell their stuff,” McClements said. “But cool stuff, different stuff.”
At McLemon’s sale there will be plenty of clothes, but also toys, books, records and collectibles at all of the different booths.
Joining McClements will be Black Goat Homestead, selling soaps and other different handmade goat milk products that have “an alternative twist.”
McClements has never participated in the city wide sale and is looking forward to seeing people out and about while passing on what may be one person’s junk, to loving homes.
“Let’s do something weird,” McClements said.
In addition to local retailers, there will be other local businesses that don’t get to show their face as much making an appearance.
Townsend Leather is a Johnstown based leather company that operates mostly wholesale, they found a niche in the 1980s selling leather to airlines and private jet companies to upholster the seats.
“That’s our leather in Air Force One,” owner Sarah Eckler said. “Not a lot of people know that.”
Townsend sells leather hides to companies, but also to individual craftspeople, often at trade shows across the country.
“We don’t get to do a lot of business locally,” Eckler said. “So this is a good chance to do that.”
Townsend’s sale will be happening at their Johnstown headquarters — dubbed “The Stitch” due to the building’s history as a knitting mill. The Stitch is located at 4 Grove Street in Johnstown. They will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday.
While Townsend’s focus is on leather hides, they will also have a selection of small leather goods they have had made over the years like wristlets and keychains.
Some of the things individual customers make with the hides range from earrings and handbags to coasters and knife sheaths.
“I love finding a home for every single hide we have,” Eckelr said.
For more information on the city-wide garage sale, head to https://www.44lakes.com/event/johnstown-city-wide-garage-sale-2/
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