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Norwalk Neighbors Notes

Tag sale season is in full bloom. The warm sunshine of spring energizes us with the lust for clean, clear spaces. It stirs us to sell those things tucked away and seldom used. Outdated. Out of style. Out of here. Clear out the bookshelves, the closets and the basement. It is satisfying and rewarding to reclaim space.

But for many, those tag sale signs stapled to telephone poles signal the start of the great hunt. The hunt for bargains, antiques and rare collectibles stirs up our passions and creativity. It is a search for items with potential. Watching super sleuth Ed Schmidt , former assistant to former mayor Alex Knopp , at the Darien Boy Scout Tag Sale is like watching "Antiques Roadshow." Schmidt picks up things that most people wouldn’t give a second glance, and he recognizes their value. Schmidt finds gems in discarded old farm equipment and furniture. When asked whether he has room for all that he finds, Schmidt said, “I make room.”

In the Wolfpit section of Norwalk, Wendy DiTullio on Orchard Hill Road hoped her tag sale would help reduce the number of “tchotchkes” and pieces of furniture in her rooms. "We don’t need all these things. I want to simplify my life. I did this tag sale for my kids, too. The kids are very involved, making change, directing and communicating with the customers. We have so many extra things." Indeed, the DiTullio boys were very involved. Shane DiTullio , and his friend Joshua Salazar decorated the driveway, hung up signs and greeted customers with a polite, “May I help?” Then they were off, leaving the tag sale negotiations to their parents.

On Fullin Road, another mother-and-son team was at work. Travis and his mother, Carol, held a tag sale because they wanted to clear out stuff. Travis said, “Money wasn’t why we did it, it was clutter.” They were surprised by how much they sold, although they had lots more available for sale. But for a day that threatened rain, they were pleased. They sold a snow blower, a vacuum cleaner and a safe. “I could have sold 10 safes if we had them. The stuff you’d think would sell, didn’t, and the stuff we didn’t think would sell, sold. It seems outdoor equipment sells no matter what the condition.”

Chris Charles agreed. He loves buying broken weed whackers. “I like to fix them, it’s a hobby of mine. I know how to fix them so I can re-sell them and make a little money.” Proving again, one man’s junk with a little elbow grease and ingenuity may just become another man’s treasure.

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