EUGENE, Ore. -- It's not quite yard sale season just yet, but the world's largest garage sale could be found at the Lane Events Center on Saturday in Eugene.
As every seasoned picker knows, you have to show up early to get the good stuff.
Still, as some vendors were packing in there wares for the day on Saturday just before closing time at 5 p.m., others like Lisa Russell kept the sale alive.
Russell is a regular at Eugene’s “World’s Largest Indoor Garage Sale” put on by Cumulus Broadcasting. She's the head of her company, The Jewelry Girl, LLC, for nearly 15 years. KVAL News caught up with her while she bounced between the last few customers Saturday night.
“Today's wad, not as big as last year's…but very good…I'm not unhappy,” said Russell.
The mounds of bracelets, rings and necklaces heaped high on Lisa’s vendor table are how she makes a living. She spends May through October hitting up over 200 garage sales in Eugene and Springfield every weekend; amassing a stockpile of Jewelry.
“My house looks like an episode of hoarders … jewelry edition,” Russell said, pawing through her piles. “We just buy it cheap, sell it cheap and sell a ton of it."
Russell said she sells jewelry, gold and silver at swap meets, flea markets and indoor garage sales all across Oregon. She said she also sells to private buyers and online.
Russell, also known as 'The Jewelry Girl,' said she can't see herself doing anything else, as working for herself has been more fun than any office job. She said she gave up a career in engineering many years ago and now supports two children running her own small business.
As a self-proclaimed shopping addict, she said selling Jewelry has been the perfect gig.
“There's ups and downs to every business … but I think the worst down is not being able to get to every garage sale because I kind of want to get to all of them,” said Russell.
Russell said there are approximately 1,500 to 1,800 garage sales held every weekend in the greater Willamette Valley area from mid May until the rains hit in October.
Lisa said she will be at it again on Sunday, serving up her shiny accessories at the Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market at the Lane County Fairgrounds from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.