Yard sales produce odd collection
It is said that one person's trash is another person's treasure. But, what happens when the second person never finds the trash? That is when objects start to fall through the cracks of the yard sale business and become - Ironton's Most Un-Wanted.
Cow-shaped Music Box
Owner: Teresa Moretto.
Hidden talent: Plays a haunting version of "Frere Jacques" when key is turned.
Terrible secret: Has a mute twin that can't play anything.
Breed: Holstein, more than likely.
Origin: "These were both given to me. I have a lot of music boxes and I decided to
these out," Moretto said.
Price: A steal at $2. Strangely, the muted twin was the same price.
Two Ceramic Containers
Owners: Brittany, Lisa and Brooke Fradd
Odd Inscriptions: MB 1980
Identity of "MB": Unknown
Being sold to: Purchase bathing suits for the Fradd girls.
Use, according to Lisa Fradd: "I have no idea, you want to tell me?"
Use, according to Brittany Fradd: "They're just jars!"
Price: Just 75 cents.
Owner: Jamie Murphy.
Origin: A complete and total mystery.
Use: "I have no idea what this is, it looks like it had a purpose," Murphy said. "I don't know, but I'm out here selling it."
"Is it a game?"
asked Ellen Smith of Cincinnati, who was helping with the sale.
"I have no idea," Murphy said.
Price: The mystery shelf cost a dollar, which could be too low or too high, depending on what the item actually is.
Owner: Once again, Jamie Murphy.
Origin: Brought for Murphy after she visited Mexico by a friend who was assured that the calendar was Mexican.
Use: It is a reproduction of the Aztec Calendar, or Sun Stone, one of the best-known symbols of Mexico.
Times calendar has been used to calculate the date: Zero.
Price: One dollar, or roughly 10 pesos.
Owner: 3-year-old Keely Adams
Origin: It was received during Keely's 2004 Vacation Bible School.
Owner's feelings on parting with prized cup: "She doesn't know," mother Julie Adams said - quietly.
Most ironic feature: It's a blowfish Š that is sucked on.
Owner: Peggy Ison
Origin: Purchased by a friend of Ison's at their mother's estate sale in Columbus.
Reason it was put out to pasture: "I've had it about 10 years, and I never did learn to play it, so I figured it was time to get rid of it," Ison said.
Price: Originally $300, then lowered to $20.
Reason for the price drop: "I guess one of the tubes were jarred loose (in the organ,) when I moved it, because now I can't get it to work."
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