Village of French Settlement attracts shoppers for bridge-to-bridge yard sale

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Shoppers flocked to the Village of French Settlement for a yard sale that spanned two bridges.

The second annual Bridge-to-Bridge Sale has contributed to more than the community's bottom line.

Meeting and greeting friends and neighbors is part of life in French Settlement. But, on Saturday, the Village opened its doors to complete strangers. The streets, from one end of French settlement to the next, were lined with signs welcoming locals and newcomers. 

Christine Smiley, a local, found them hard to ignore.

"Garage sales signs, big garage sales sign everywhere. I couldn't believe when I woke up this morning how many we had in this area," Smiley said.

This time of year folks in French Settlement clear their closets and prepare their belongings for a village-wide garage sale, known as the Bridge-to-Bridge sale.

Organizer, Stacey Smith, said it's an opportunity to draw out-of-towners into the village and leave them with something that encourages them to come back.

"We've has some people from Mississippi, some people that were just traveling through from Texas, and they just saw our signs and decided to stop by," Smith said.

There's everything from antique furniture, books, videos, appliances and fine fishing and hunting gear. Some are treasures in which even the youngest at heart find hard to part.

"They didn't want to get rid of anything, of course, and I have my little girl out here today and she's like momma I want to keep that, I want to keep that," Smith said.

The children eventually turn their profits into something new.

The folks who shop the sale left with some unique finds.

"Camouflage. We're all deer hunters. We love to deer hunt. We found blow dryers, rugs, purses, fine purses," Smiley said.

They also met some new friends along the way.

The sale also helps promote The French Settlement Creole Festival, which takes place on Sunday.

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