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Weird and wacky yard sale finds

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“Tis the Season of Rummage Sales, Estate Sales, and Yard Sales
by Jamie Brazil
Portland Writer

Over the years I’ve picked up a lot of weird, oddball, and unusual secondhand items.  From church basements to auctions and estates, the bounty of stuff has been never ending.  The highlights?

A trebuchet (2008).  The ten-foot high flinger of objects required two men and a truck to move.  My husband wasn’t even there when I eagerly agreed to take it– not that owner was selling it.  The trebuchet had been abandoned by her ex-husband when he fled the state.  It was totally free! 

A hot air balloon (1990s).  Purchased at a lost freight auction for $75.  Even sans basket it required a flat bed truck.   Later, I resold it for a  profit.

Those two items stick out in my mind because they were difficult to transport.  Oh yeah, there was that ornately carved baby grand piano (church basement).  I cringe at the memory of moving that beast.  Twice.  I sold it in 1996 to finance a trip toFrance.

Speaking of hard-to-move items, in 2007 a Lane cedar chest was a bargain for $5!  I had to have it.  I figured somehow, someway, I would wrangle it into the COMPACT Ford Escort I was driving at the time.  I did.  Trouble was, once I got it home it was wedged the backseat so tightly it wouldn’t come out.  It took my husband and me hours to remove.

These days I tend to stick to smaller, more portable objects.  I have a deep and abiding love for vintage clothing, especially belts, but that’s a whole other blog post.  Yet my weekend expeditions still yield up the odd and the unusual, too.  Just in the past few weeks I’ve found these two treasures – not that I need them.  I just had to have them.  Because they’re cool!

I mean, a 1941 package of Harvey’s Hawaiian Nectar gum?  The fly wheels of my imaginations whirl every time I look at the gum.  I keep it on my desk, beside my globe – though seriously, this gum probably belongs in a World War II or Hawaiian museum.   Maybe a candy museum!

And the left-right-hand set of Ozzy Osbourne candle holders?  So awesome they probably belong in a museum as well – though they currently reside in the garage because they creep my husband out.   Actually, come to think of it, the candle holders kind of creep me out, too.

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So, got any good yard sale stories or treasures to share?  I’d love to hear about them!