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One person’s junk = another’s treasure.

Take the yard sale.

Garage sale.

Rummage sale.

Patio sale.

Moving sale.

You name it.

We’ve either had one or been to one…or 10…or 50.

Who knows when the first yard sale began.

Or where.

Certainly long before there were garages.

Back in 1987, “The World’s Longest Yard Sale” started.

According to Wikipedia, county executive Mike Walker (no relation…I don’t think) had a brainstorm.

This was in in Fentress County, Tennessee.

Establish a yard sale route, Walker suggested, along US Highway 127 from Covington, Kentucky (across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio) all the way to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Hold it outside for four days in August.

The idea took off.

And so did the route.

A few years later, the yard sale route extended south into Georgia and Alabama.

And north through Ohio.

And all the way to the Michigan border.

The 127 Yard Sale now covers 690 miles.

Now that’s impressive.

“Honey, I’m going to the yard sale.”

“Okay. See ya next week.”

Talk about a marathon of browsing.

Or searching for that particular collectible.

A veritable paradise for treasure hunters and gatherers.

Garage sales often raise money for philanthropic purposes.

Helping a family in need.

Sending students to camp.

Supporting the local animal shelter.

And what would a church be without its annual rummage sale?

Citywide garage sales have also become popular.

They encourage residents to clean up and clean out their houses, yards, and outbuildings.

Some become so popular they attract visitors from surrounding towns and beyond.

This brings revenue not only to the individual sellers but to the town as well.

And hopefully keeps a lot of stuff from going to the dump.

Recycle.

Refurbish.

Rebuild.

Refinish.

Remodel.

Restore.

Trash or treasure.

It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.

Read more of her work.

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