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Yard sales: Treasure hunts, helping others or just getting rid of clutter

July 28th, 2014 3:50 pm by Carter Giegerich, Press Staff Writer

Yard sales: Treasure hunts, helping others or just getting rid of clutter

Stuffed rabbits for sale at a local yard sale (Carter Giegerich/Johnson City Press)

They say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, and this weekend’s beautiful weather provided a perfect backdrop for prospective treasure hunters in Johnson City.

“I think they’re all treasures,” said Kathy Baker, one of many Johnson City residents who puts together yard sales during the summer months. Baker helps friends and family put their yard sales together, bringing some of her own things to sell and helping them sell their unused things.

“I do them mostly to help people,” said Baker. “There’s a lot of people that don’t have money to pay their electric bills and water bills. What I’ll do is go around to my friends and people that need me and sell my stuff and their stuff too — try to help.”

For a lot of folks in Johnson City, yard sales are a great way to make a little extra cash while freeing up space around the house at the same time. What they see as just another knick-knack lying around the house might be a toy that brightens a kid’s day, or just the thing to make their neighbor’s living room complete.

“The best part is getting rid of the clutter. There’s more space,” said Tony Trivett, who spent his Saturday helping his daughter get ready to move by selling her excess stuff.

Community yard sales also have a way of bringing neighborhoods together — Carter Crossing held its community sale this weekend and many nearby residents came out to see what their neighbors had to offer.

“The neighborhood has a sale every year, and we usually participate,” said Barbara Sesney as friends and neighbors perused her spot at the yard sale. Sesney, a schoolteacher, said the sale was a great way to make a little extra cash in the teaching offseason.

There’s no telling what you might find out for sale at a local yard sale, whether it’s a vintage Atari video game console, some like-new exercise equipment or clothing in all sorts of styles. If you’re looking for something special or just want to check out what’s been collecting dust around the neighborhood, your local yard sales are a great way to spend a sunny Saturday morning.

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