HAGERSTOWN ? Several years ago, Herb Johnson sold a small ceramic vase for 50 cents at a yard sale. What he didn't know was that the vase once belonged to his wife's grandmother and was considered a family heirloom.
"It was in a box in the garage," Johnson said. "I thought it was something she was planning on throwing out. Boy, did I get in trouble."
Now, nothing leaves the house without his wife's permission.
"I learned my lesson the hard way," he said.
Johnson was among the many vendors who participated Saturday in a community yard sale at the Fairgrounds Park stables.
The event was held in conjunction with Harvest Hoedown, which also took place at the park.
Sponsored by the City of Hagerstown, this is the third year for the yard sale.
"We have vendors filling more than 70 stalls," said Karen Giffin, the city's director of community affairs. "And since we opened at 7 a.m., we've had a steady stream of people coming in. We've had a very good response."