Your trash, my treasure

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

FULTON – Highway 25 was one long treasure hunt for yard sale lovers on Saturday.
Hundreds participated in the 2011 Trash amp& Treasures along the Tenn-Tom mega yard sale. The sale extended the length of Highway 25 through the state. A 30-mile stretch from Fulton to Amory had more than 30 sales alone.
Debrorah Foster of Fulton saw the day as an opportunity to get rid of some things and help others in the process.
“I’ve been collecting things for years and I just had stuff piling up, so I thought this would be the perfect time to let something go,” said Foster. “I’m not trying to make a lot of money, just trying to get rid of some things. I’ve enjoyed a lot of the stuff I’m selling so maybe someone else can get some enjoyment out of them now.”
Mitchell Reditt and his wife Susan live between Fulton and Smithville and they too decided Saturday was the perfect day to lighten their load of “junk.”
“We are pack rats,” said Mitchell Reditt. “I’ll go somewhere and see something and just pick it up and we are limited on space. So when we saw the Trash and Treasures thing we decided to unload. We have had some great people come by and a lot of them hadn’t bought a thing. But they’ve provided some good company and conversation.”
Angela Neal is a frequent yard sale shopper. She said she travels all over the area to find things that others no longer want and that she can use. Neal said when she heard there was going to be miles and miles of open highway full of sales, she gassed up and hit the road.
“I’ve found some great things,” she said. “This is just an early Christmas for me. This is a good day.”
Smithville residents participated as well, just months after an EF-5 tornado destroyed much of the town.
“It’s good to see the people of Smithville showing that they can and have started to bounce back from the tornado,” said shopper James Wilson. “I came through here a week after the storm hit and I never thought I’d see people smiling here again, but look at it now.”
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