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Crowd turnout low for liquidation sale

April 2, 2006

Albany--This weekend's liquidation sale at the Albany Exchange Club Fair Grounds ended on a sour note for vendors.

Close-out prices usually attract thousands of people searching for a good bargain, but that wasn't the case this weekend.

The giant, liquidation sale is in town, and Mary Mills has her eyes set on one thing.

"The jewelry," says Mills.

She's hoping to cash in on a good bargain. "I like cheap things, yeah," says Mills.

"You're supposed to be able to come in here and get it for a discount price," says vendor, James Hurt.

While that might be the case, Hurt says the deals aren't attracting as many people this year.

"It was advertising that messed us up," says Hurt.

From jewelry to designer shades, game vendor Ross Ross says there's another reason crowd turnout is low.

"Gas prices are digging into a lot of people's pockets and savings," says Ross.

And many wholesale vendors are also competing with giant retailers. "Look at Walmart for example, they're killing America," says Ross.

"People sometimes don't want to come out, whereas they can just go to Walmart, or one of those big retail stores," says vendor, Kevin Rodriguez.

While vendors may have several factors working against them, Kevin Rodriguez says liquidation sales aren't going away anytime soon.

"Five years ago we didn't think it was going to still be going, and it's still going," he says.

And as long as people want to save, they'll continue to scout out a good deal.

The liquidation sale wrapped up earlier this evening. Next weekend, vendors will open back up for business in Brunswick, Georgia.

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