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The sale was last weekend and featured hundreds of items ranging from jewelry to clothing to pottery.
Thousands sounds like an exaggeration, but really, how many local and area people get out every weekend and hit the yard sales, estate sales, antique shops, flea markets and trade days?There is a good chance that you are a treasure hunter (collector) or know someone who fits the description.
While coins are my specialty, I often look for many other items such as signature baseball gloves or sports memorabilia.
While it is unusual to find valuable toys such as old "Star Wars" or "Star Trek" memorabilia, it does happen.
The story of the Atocha and other lost treasures being found quickens the heart of any collector or treasure hunter. It is that quickening of the heart that inspires thousands to get out every weekend and search for hidden "treasure."
Wealth gathered from the new world was to be transported to Spain, but the fleet met with disaster. A hurricane pushed the fleet near the coast of Florida, where the Atocha and her brave crew were lost. Fisher, after years of search, found the lost Atocha in 1985, 363 years after it was lost at sea.
and leave the nest, old toys tend to clutter the closets or garages. They are among the first items to go into a yard sale.
The items were donated by church members, and proceeds from the sale are used for church ministries.
The wealth from the ship was staggering, even by modern standards, and was in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
There is the local story of a person who found a 2 carat diamond at a yard sale for a few dollars (I've heard the story at least a dozen times), or the person who stumbled upon a rare piece of pottery.
According to Gallman, members donated books, glassware, furniture, pictures and many other items.
"I think people are interested in our bazaar because you never know what you might find," Wilson said.
More than 100 people visited the bazaar and searched through items donated by church members.
The sale coincided with the church's "Angel Food" ministry, according to Taylor Gallman, pastor.
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This three word slogan belonged to Capt. Mel Fisher, America's most famous treasure hunter who discovered the vast wealth from the sunken treasure ship Atocha.
estate sales excellent places to find bargains
I also get caught up in the quest for unusual items.
My wife, Veda, collects antiques. You are likely to find her at an estate sale or yard sale searching for elusive treasure. She is always bringing home "treasures" found at bargain prices. They are a treasure to her, despite the book value.
Virtually everyone who goes to trade days or flea markets has heard of someone who found something unique or valuable while sifting through the flotsam of the lives in a throw away society.
But, there are many other venues for searching for lost treasure. One of my favorites is church yard sales, such as the annual "White Elephant Sale" Mens Nike Lebron X Basketball Shoes
Yard sales and estate sales are excellent places for collectors and treasure hunters to find bargains or unique items. Most yard sales are unstructured and a conglomerate of all types of items to be disposed of ranging from clothing to kitchen utensils. Toy collectors are perhaps the most likely to find treasure at one of these events. Once a family's children grow up Nike Metcon Rebel
One of my favorite finds was a Satchel Paige pen clip designed to clip a writing instrument to your shirt pocket. What is the value of this item, you might ask? I really don't know. I just know that it is unique, and, when I found it, my heart beat faster.
"Angel Food" is a nationwide program through which food is bought in bulk and resold in family size quantities for a nominal fee. Distribution takes place once a month.
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The year was 1622. Spain, in the middle of a war that had drained its treasury, dispatched a fleet of ships (The Tierra Firme Fleet) to the new world to bring back gold and silver. Guarded by seven war galleons was a fleet of more than 20 other ships, including the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and several vessels carrying precious cargo.
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