Cardboard signs that read yard sale popping up in front yards across P.E.I.

Mike Nesbitt
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Sandra Gallant, front, Gary Kelly, background, and other treasure hunters take advantage of the yard and garage sale season that is gearing up with improving weather.

SUMMERSIDE The yard/garage sale season has started simmering, now that - hopefully - the last of winter is finishing gracing our lawns, gardens and sundry other places.

A quick check of last weekend’s newspaper classifieds turned up seven home-based sale locations in the East Prince area, either single-family or multi-family, a notice for an ongoing flea market, and an upcoming open yard sale at a well-known venue, the table costs being directed towards community programs.

And that's with snow still on the ground.

Of course, there are always the sales and venues that don't bother advertising, relying instead on keen interest of passersby.

Sandra Gallant and Gary Kelly took their first foray into the 2014 yard and garage sale scene on Saturday morning, hitting a treasure trove on Linkletter Road as their second stop. They weren't sure how many sites they would explore, letting the weather be the determining factor.

"You start close (to home) and work your way around," she said.

Saturday grew better by the morning minute.

Of course, a treasure trove is only assessed as such if something strikes one's fancy.

"Don't go out with an idea of what you want," Gallant said.

"Just look. You never know what you are looking for until you come across it."

They are fans of "picker" television programs and are confident that the treasures will show up, but they recognize that treasure is difficult to measure.

"What is it ... ? One man's junk is ... ," she quips, trying to remember the old adage.

"You never know what you are going to find," she muses while looking at some kitchen appliances.

Kelly came over to alert Gallant of a couple of things that he found, giving credence to the retailer's concept of first getting the customer in the door, and then keeping them there long enough to discover something they desire.

And, who could not be moved by the sign the Linkletter Road homeowners posted above a set of tables: "Proceeds to grandchildren's trust fund. Make us an offer."

It worked. This reporter recognized several items that would certainly be used "some day," and got them at a price that made the story interest worthwhile ... and helped the grandchildren's trust fund.

The spring has definitely sprung.

Geographic location: Linkletter Road, East Prince

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