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Take me out to the yard sale

Bargains, not baseball, drew a crowd to Municipal Stadium for a yard sale co-sponsored by the Hagerstown Suns and Horizon Goodwi

Bargains, not baseball, drew a crowd to Municipal Stadium for a yard sale co-sponsored by the Hagerstown Suns and Horizon Goodwi

August 19, 2007|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN - Life's leftovers - the "Booty Sculpt" exercise video, the Big George Foreman rotisserie oven, an electric mosquito swatter with the missing battery cover among them - crowded folding tables in the parking lot of Municipal Stadium on Saturday for a yard sale sponsored by Horizon Goodwill Industries and the Hagerstown Suns.

For the vendors, it was an opportunity to clear out a closet or free up a corner of the basement of the outdated, the outmoded and the unused.

"I would love to sell my clothes because I've lost a lot of weight," said Jessica Banzhoff of Hagerstown.

"My lamps ... I bought them in Baltimore in 1975," said her mother, Debi Banzhoff. They looked it.

"Once I do them long enough, I start to memorize the routines, so I have to move on to something more challenging," Meghan Waters of Hagerstown said about the collection of exercise videos she was selling.

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It was worth the 50 cents that Morgan Luhouse of Hagerstown paid for the book "Urban Legends" to learn that green M&Ms are, in fact, not an aphrodisiac.

"I did a 12-pound turkey in it one Thanksgiving. It was delicious," Hope Wolfe told a customer before the woman purchased that Big George rotisserie oven, named for the retired pugilist who now hawks handy housewares.

Discreetly out of view of children, a man was trying to unload his collection of "Girls Gone Wild" videos.

Some of the items that Tina Fewell of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., brought to sell defied easy description. What looked like a small battery-powered tennis racket actually was designed to electrocute mosquitoes with a swat. Sales had gone well that morning, and she now was offering her somewhat worn wares at $3 for everything one could squeeze into a shopping bag.

Among the bric-a-brac, knickknacks and dust collectors, there were some practical bargains. Jim Stanicek of Hagerstown got an electric hedge clipper for $5.

"Guaranteed to work," said its former owner, Bill Christoffel of Hagerstown. He and his wife are downsizing, moving to a smaller home now that their children are grown up.

"I love yard sales," Stanicek said.

Jessica Wolfe's children also are adults, so how that baby stroller got in their basement is a mystery. Her husband, Thomas, said it and anything else they did not sell was going to Horizon Goodwill, which had a donation truck at the stadium.

"We had about 25 donors. Many of the vendors were gracious in giving us their leftovers," said Amy Oliver of Greencastle, Pa., director of administration for Horizon Goodwill, which serves a 17-county region in four states. Horizon Goodwill also was a sponsor of Saturday night's Suns game.

In addition to running 11 stores, Horizon Goodwill also runs a vocational training program for disabled and disadvantaged adults, providing them with employment in custodial, packaging and assembly positions, Oliver said.

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