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HGTV yard sale competition series pilot shoots in Lynbrook

Long Islanders were more than willing to be

Long Islanders were more than willing to be filmed looking for bargains at a Lynbrook yard sale. The footage will be used for an HGTV pilot. (Aug. 18, 2013) (Credit: Chelsea Katz)

Yard sale aficionados arrived at the home on the corner of Charles Street and Lawrence Avenue in Lynbrook Saturday morning to a scene a bit more reminiscent of an “American Idol” audition. They were stopped by someone with a clipboard, a pen and an earpiece requesting a clearance form for photos and video.

From there nearly 100 people waited in line on the other side of the street, holding their hand over their eyes to block the sun from obstructing their view of the tables full of knickknacks, mirrors and ski equipment lying down on the lawn across the street.

Production company Paperny Entertainment was on hand filming a pilot for a new show slated to premiere on HGTV sometime later this year. The show, which is still nameless, features interior designer Matt Muenster as host and combines competition with renovation. While the principles are being close to the vest about the details, the basic premise involves using yard sales to raise money for participants’ new home decorations.

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“It’s a project we’ve been working on for a long time and we want it to be a surprise for everyone when it airs,” said Zyggy Tylke, a line producer who was on set.

After signing releases and waiting for the production crew to set up, shoppers began to eye the items to go in their lawns and living rooms. Muenster greeted the crowd as the production team took a few more minutes to ready the lawn and cameras. Soon, the crowd was unleashed, and bargain-hunters ran across the street with their wallets and cash in hand.

Anita Jurgiliski, 67, and husband John, 65, of Malverne go yard sale hopping every weekend. (Anita refers to them as “junkies.”) They were checking out a picture of a mermaid that could possibly go with their garden gnomes.

"I'm looking at that mirror," John Jurgiliski said as he fixed his attention on another item. "If the price is comfortable — do I need it? No. It's going to replace a picture on a wall and we have limited wall space ... but that's part of the fun."

The Jurgiliskis did not end up buying the mirror. Karen Baldizzone, 65, of Valley Stream, was looking for a bookshelf and some odds and ends. Her friend, Rosemary DiPetra, 67, of Oceanside, was just there for fun.

The commotion of shoppers finding their newest keepsake and looking for a producer to make the purchase was all over the yard. Tara Hodjoglou, 31, of Lynbrook, had someone standing guard next to an end table until she could find someone to pay for it.

“It’s so crowded, so overwhelming but when you see something you need, you have to hurry up and go over there and get it,” Hodjoglou said.

Amid the chaos, camera crews followed Muenster making sales. Another camera crew was on the roof for an overhead view.

“Here we are, and it’s going to be a good day, I think,” Tylke said.

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