Get thee behind me, Humane Society garage sale!

Get thee behind me, Humane Society garage sale!

When my sons were younger, we used to go on these great excursions boring trips through Champaign-Urbana.

Garage sales.

I had no plan, just jumped in the car on Saturdays and let those yellow signs be my guide.

Truth is, the boys probably didn't like it much.

But I bet I wouldn't have to try very hard to get them excited about being at the Champaign County Fairgrounds bright and early Friday morning for the annual garage sale to benefit the Champaign County Humane Society.

Because the truth is, my sons seem to share my love for gadgets. Maybe not to the same degree, but they like their electronics. I gave them that (and Monty Python). A dad could do worse.

The thing is, about garage sales, I’ve been really good. Haven’t been to a garage sale in a long time. Since last year.

But this is no ordinary garage sale. This is the big one. And on Thursday, I got a sneak peek at the electronics table at the Humane Society sale, thanks to Tief, and let’s just say that it’s just as well I didn't have any cash was just visiting.

Many of the items have been tested and are marked to indicate whether they’re working or not.


Cable modems. Printers. DVD players. VHS players. Speakers big enough to let you compensate. Cassette records like I got when I was in high school. Wifi routers. Network cables, printer cables and other cables. Tripods and cameras. Video game controllers, including at least one Guitar Hero controller and several steering wheel controllers. Headphones. Webcams. Hey: A 56K modem. 8mm films.

A whole box of princess phones.

It’s pretty much heaven for a gadget fan. You could buy stuff just to play with it and see how it works – or heck, see if you can make it work, if you like that sort of thing.

If I had the time Friday morning, I’d set the alarm and be sure I got to that $25 iBook before you did, and I don’t even like Macs.

(In the photo, which is by Heather Coit of The News-Gazette, Clay Foley of Urbana, a humane educator with Champaign County Humane Society, checks out old tape recorders as he enjoys the perks of volunteering by shopping a day before opening day at the Champaign County Humane Society's annual Giant Garage Sale at Kesler Hall. The sale is at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, on Friday from 7a.m. until 6p.m., on Saturday from 8a.m. until 6p.m. and on Sunday from 10a.m. until noon.)



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Mary Schenk wrote on May 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I have a very rare evening all to myself Friday because the loved ones are committed. And how am I fantasizing about spending part of my precious time? Attending this. I live for bargains.

Aubrie Williams wrote on May 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm
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I vow to be the first in line Friday morning! My mother-in-law and I attend this event every year, and unfortunately she's just had back surgery and can't make it. In her honor, I will be there by at least 5:30 a.m. Friday morning! BTW, don't touch any of the bowling balls. They're my poor, ailing mother-in-law's only request!