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Treasure Hunting

How NOT to have a garage sale

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)
(Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Running errands this morning, I passed a sign pointing to a Garage/Estate sale. I made a quick detour and drove by. You never know what you'll find, right?

What a sight.

I've been going to sales most of my life. I lived in a family of collectors and dealers. I had my own business for years. I'm not put off by much, but when I saw this, I shook my head.

For the record, this is how you DON'T want to do a sale.  I walked around people-watching for a few minutes and saw a few pieces of vintage clothing but I wasn't inclined to dig around. And I didn't see anyone coming away with much. Who knows what ws buried in the boxes and piles?

Treasure hunting is fun. But it shouldn't be hazardous.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes about antiques and collectibles and the love of all things vintage. Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement and she is The Spokesman-Review's female automobile reviewer. She is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country. Cheryl-Anne is the author of "Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons."