NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio - Ryan Hartman and Kriss Coventry registered for their favorite time of the year early.
The city-wide yard sale in North Ridgeville started Wednesday. That is where they sell some of their treasures following the estate and moving jobs they take on pro bono. Hartman said by Saturday some stuff may go for free to make room for more.
Hartman and Coventry set up Tuesday, and early arrivals dug through their many boxes like an early bird looking for a meal.
"It's the person that's willing to dig that gets the worm," Coventry said.
While there were more than 200 registered home sales signed up by the June 14 deadline, Coventry and Hartman's sale had a prime location just one mile north of Center Ridge Road on Route 83.
But one find, a small bear, resembling a famous trademarked Beanie Baby, turned out to be a true treasure.
"I would have sold that for $10," Coventry said. "When I found, it I looked online and one in poor condition was going for about $55. One in mint condition like this one, $600."
Coventry said the small bear, handmade sometime between 1957 and 1964, was simply in a box of other toys for anyone to pick up and ask for a price until around noon Wednesday. It's now in Coventry's private collection.
When it comes to collecting, Dave Ireland's sports memorabilia display for sale on Jaycox Road near Greenwich Drive was just the thing for one of his neighbors. Lamenting over a Rocky Colavito photograph for sale, the husband said, "I sure wish I still had the signed bat my sister got from him (Colavito) but it's long gone."
Ireland is proud of his extensive sports collection, even if his wife thinks he has too much. He's not about to drop the prices, though.
"They're a little higher in price and I don't reduce them like at a garage sale. It's not for the bargain hunter. It's stuff I've been collecting for years. Some of it is very collectible and I enjoy doing it. My wife doesn't enjoy having it all in the garage, but keep right on doing it," Ireland said.
The city-wide garage and yard sale in North Ridgeville runs through Saturday, June 22.
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