Rain and mud do not prevent bargain hunters from selling off (PHOTOS)

Rain washed away a day of shopping on Saturday, but cold, foggy weather and mud couldn’t stop bargain hunters on Sunday.

More than 400 volunteers spent weeks sorting, fixing and preparing donated items for Atlantic Health’s Traveling Nurses Charity Auction at the Far Hills Fairgrounds. The turnout was so high that the organizers opened an overflow site.

“People will do anything for a good deal and support a good cause,” said Daniel Powell of Atlantic Health System.

Shoppers lined up early Sunday and hours were extended to 4:30 p.m. due to Saturday’s rain cancellation. Toys, sports equipment, clothing and jewelry are just a few of the 25 merchandise departments available for purchase.

The flea market is held twice a year and on Sundays is half price and fill a bag for a flat rate day. Some departments had lines of shoppers waiting to enter.

Buyers who wore boots had a much easier time navigating water and mud. “I love this place, it’s a happy place,” said Karen Gamble, who has volunteered in the toy section for nine years.

Proceeds help provide home care, palliative care and adult day services to families in need. “We have 25 charities lined up for all unsold items by the end of the day on Sunday,” Powell said.

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