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Thrill of the garage sale chase

Stored under In the News on August 9, 2006 at 10:13 AM
Last Saturday morning I woke up in the wee hours, put my daughter in her car seat and sped off to meet up with my friends Martha and Eric so we could play my very favourite full-contact sport: Hitting the garage sales.

If there's anything more thrilling than a hand-written "Yard Sale!" sign, then I certainly can't think of it. Before I can even stop the car, my heart's already pounding at the sight of a lawn full of my fellow shoppers pawing at what could be my greatest find!

It's all I can do not to yell "FIRE!" and send everyone running so I can crawl, commando-style, straight to the best loot.

If you don't see the appeal of a yard full of stuff somebody else doesn't want, let me share with you a little secret, won over many hours of sleuthing: Everything is not as it appears.

Take an old garden gate -- with a little love, it can be a wall hanging, a rack for potholders or a headboard.

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