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4The Daily Tar HeelFriday, October 15, 1932
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Sellers try to unload their worthless clutter; T
buyers hunt potential treasure in others' junk
By SHARON SHERIDAN
Would you like a 50-cent sweater or a $10 shawl? Are
you trying to find an antique doll or a bathroom rug? Do
you want to sift through 25-cent paperbacks or old
costume jewelry? Do you know where you can find a
cheap pair of shoes, a used typewriter or a wooden picture
Where else but at a yard sale, where one man's junk
really, is another man's treasure?
"People buy just things you wouldn't expect,
sometimes," said Fledra Hatch, who recently held a yard
sale in Durham County.
"Most of it's junk and junk does sell," said Arlene
Spivey of Chapel Hill.
"(You can find) just about anything except food, ex
cept groceries," said Chapel Hill resident Mary Johnson.
"If you hold out long enough, you can find exactly
what you want at a yard sale," said one man, who asked
to remain anonymous. "I used to have yard sale-mania. I
might go to 12 yard sales a week about 10 years ago."
On Oct. 2 she had what she thought was her 14th yard
sale. "Usually I have them with groups of people," she
said. "It's not a lot of fun, it's a. lot of work."
But not everyone would agreed -
"It's exciting. You meet a lofof people," Hatch said.
"I really enjoy it. I have had a good time today."
Sherry Noulles held an indoor sale Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 .
Because she held her sale inside, she said "it really wasn't
that much work."
"We had a lot of fun just talking to people," said
Suzanne Spruill of Carrboro, who held a yard sale Oct. 2.
"This was our first yard sale, so this was a real unique ex
perience for us. We made a lot of money."
Hatch pointed out, "You don't necessarily make
money because you often are selling for below cost."
' What sells best?
"Stuff you wouldn't believe," Spruill said. "Knick
knacks, vases... some appliances if they're priced real
"You can really sell the books," Spivey said. "Bicycles
will go fairly well."
Several people said that clothes are not a good sale
item. Spruill said at her yard sale, "the larger items didn't
sell as well, the ones that were priced above $20."
, If people are going to hold a yard sale in Chapel Hill,
according to Chapel Hill Town Clerk David Roberts
"they are supposed to come in and (gety a permit. It's a $1
peddler's permit for one day." Anyone who is doing
business for profit in the town should have a license, he
According to Joyce Reiners of the Carrboro Finance
Department, a permit is not a prerequisite to having a
yard sale in Carrboro.
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Come on in. The stereo's jammin', the
bar is open and there's poker in the back.
One thing, though. This place has no
plumbing visitors are encouraged to use
the outhouse. And if it gets cold, throw
some logs in the wood stove. It gets down
to 5 degrees in here.
Welcome to the home of Phil Robin
son chemistry grad student.
. Phil's estate lira on the fringe of Orange
County, west of Wildcat Creek and 100
yards east of Chatham County. Rent is
cheap out here. But since August 1981,
when he moved in, Phil's - rent has
skyrocketed from $35 to $70. "Rent and
power usually run $80," he says. "I got a
phone luxury! It's the biggest bill I can't
Phil's water bill does not exist. He lives
in the 19th century, water-wise.
". "I cart in tap water from town. I can
hold about 12 gallons in plastic jugs. If I
run out, there's a spring close by. I don't
drink it that often, but it's good to wash
The sanitary facility has a half-moon on
the door. "It's a big hole in the ground.
Lime keeps it aired out. It's got a roof,
four walls and a door. And curtains,
that's for females."
Phil's shower method is equally ad
vanced. "When it's, warm, I go outside
and dump a bucket over my head. When
it's cold, I usually go to the gym on cam
pus. "It's already started out cold this year. I
got a couple of wood stoves, that's the on
ly source of heat."
Last winter the temperature inside his
house got as low as 5 degrees. The pipes
would burst, if he had any. Every morning
Phil melted his toothbrush water on the
stove. At night he wrapped himself in an
electric blanket inside a sleeping bag
covered up with three or four blankets. "I
think living in the cold builds up your
stamina," he says. . '
Phil Robinson shows off his quaint bathroom facilities
. . . Charlotte grad student has non-existent water bill
Phil's lifestyle has undeniable advan
tages. The closest neighbor is a couple
hundred yards away. Phil can see them but
cannot really hear them. When Phil and
his pals hauled in three kegs for the Third
Annual Quarters Tournament, nobody
cared when they got loud and rowdy.
("There was no winner this year," Phil
says. "We ran out of beer.")
Phil, 24, grew up in a normal suburban
home in Charlotte.
"Used to be, I didn't know why
somebody would want to live this far from :
town. But I enjoy living out here. The
country's beautiful. I like watching the,
sunset, watching the deer run around. I
like the option of getting away from peo
It's 15 miles from Kenan Labs to Phil's
doorstep. When he drives his MG up the
driveway every evening, his black Afghan
hound, Tara, runs to greet him.
And nobody ever bothers them.
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