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March 16, 2023

Our first Spanish language story, profiling a restaurant that has served the Hispanic community for 25 years, was posted to our site on Thursday. As we move into 2023, we are working to bring more reporting in Spanish to our news site. This was one of the key goals discussed at our recent Board of Directors...

Frenzy for clothes

Waiting on lines to fill bags
Fans of Stark Vintage line up early Saturday morning for the ‘bag sale’ advertised only the week before.

For the past two weekends in Peekskill, clothes have motivated people to stand in line, some actually waiting in their cars overnight, to get to the head of the line to fill a bag with low cost and free clothing. 

Mend By Me, a local non profit founded by Johanne Reed, hosts pop-up events at the Elks Lodge where people can receive gently used and sometimes new clothing for free. The July 15-16 event drew 435 people who waited in the hot, humid weather to get inside the building. Reed learned that people were in their cars the night before waiting for the sale to begin. She handed out numbers to people to keep it orderly for entrance.  

The day before the pop-up at the Elks Club. The Club donates the use of the building to Reed’s non profit Mend by Me. She pays for insurance.

Reed had a team of six volunteers, including a ‘personal shopper’ for this event. The personal shopper helps people who are struggling with style or who are unable to physically come into the building because of difficulty with the stairs in the front.

Guests are able to browse through clothing racks that have been separated by size and gender, as if at a retail store.

Reed works for the clothing company Eileen Fisher and they donated 2,000 pieces of clothing to the July event. She also received clothing from a store that closed. Guests who came to the pop-up sale on Saturday were welcome to take up to 80 pieces of clothing and on Sunday guests could take up to 30 pieces of clothing. 

Michael Stark of Stark Vintage held a ‘Bag Sale’ on July 22 that saw some 40 people line up to get into his second floor store on South Street to fill a bag they purchased for $10 with tee shirts. Within 15 minutes he needed to replenish what he was offering for sale. “I estimated I got rid of 300 pounds of clothes in 15 minutes. And tee shirts, which is what people were allowed to put in their bags don’t weigh more than a pound,” said Stark of his second bag sale. 

This is the first of two piles of clothing Stark had available for the bag sale. He estimates 300 pounds of clothing was sold at the bag sale.

The first bag sale in June was to unload bins of clothing he collected that didn’t make the cut to be in his vintage shop. This second event was to give back to the community that’s supported his business for the past two years. He said he didn’t have any expectations of how many people would come to the first event which he only advertised on Instagram the week before. He was surprised to see 40 people lined up to get in. For last week’s sale, people started lining up outside his shop early in the morning. First in line at 7 a.m. was Yanaira Lora who brought her chair and waited until the 11 a.m opening. 


Stark wasn’t sure how many bags to order since he didn’t know the number of people who would show up. This was the only size bag he could order in bulk and he received 250 of them. After the sale in June and the one last weekend, he has 50 remaining.

The people who wait on line to get into the bag sale are between 16 and 25 years old, said Stark who doesn’t sell anything online. He’s more interested in being a member of the community where he’s out and about with people. He’s realizing that events he is involved in are a better business model for him than just having a brick and mortar store. 

This weekend, on Saturday, July 29,  he’s partnering with Peekskill Brewery and Second Nature Skatepark for a Vintage Pop Up starting at 2 p.m.


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Regina Clarkin
Regina Clarkin, Editor and Publisher
When the Peekskill Herald weekly newspaper ceased publishing in August 2000 it was the first time in the history of the city that there wasn’t a local newspaper.  The award-winning weekly was often referred to as the ‘glue’ of the community. Founded on January 9, 1986 by Regina Clarkin, Kathy Daley and Rich Zahradnik with a $7,000 credit card line, the paper filled the void created when the daily Evening Star was sold to Gannett and moved out of town. Founding publisher Regina Clarkin continued to live in the Peekskill Cortlandt area and turned her attention to other life endeavors.  Through the ensuing 19 years, Clarkin was frequently stopped in town and asked when she would start up the Herald again. In January 2019, Clarkin decided it was less labor intensive to deliver a weekly blog than a print newspaper so she began posting one story a week about life in Peekskill. After a successful crowd funding campaign in 2020, the Herald was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in July of 2021. Peekskill Herald is a digital relative of the former print edition, featuring many of the favorite aspects of the beloved Peekskill Herald such as old pictures, personality profiles and well written stories about newsworthy events. Regina Clarkin is the editor and publisher of the site. Photo by Joe Squillante