On Centre: Around Philipsburg | Bargains aplenty at Osceola Mills community yard sale

For the CDTAugust 21, 2013 

Ah, the siren song of the yard sale.

A $10 television to replace the one that’s flickering in the basement. An exercise bike to get rid of your spare tire — or even an actual spare tire. There’s no end to the trash-to-treasures a good yard sale can offer up for just a dollar, maybe less.

The Moshannon Valley offers up a great array of rummaging opportunities every weekend from spring through early fall. Thursdays through Saturdays, you can barely drive a block or two without seeing a hand-painted sign on a cardboard box, a bunch of balloons crying for attention and an arrow pointing the way to the deals.

This week, one of those opportunities has a bigger purpose.

The Osceola Mills Borough Building will be host to a community yard sale Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sellers can take a spot for just $5, and unload their new-to-you best, giving bargain-seekers the best in second-hand one-stop shopping.

It’s more than just a chance to find pants long enough to cover your kid’s ankles even though you just bought him brand new pants last month. (I know that’s not just me, right?) Proceeds from the sale will go to the Osceola Mills Recreation Committee, the group that maintains the Clear-Centre Pool, the only public swimming pool in the Moshannon Valley.

So come to Osceola Mills this weekend. Flip through some used books. Find a great price on a pre-owned microwave. Help local kids keep their pool open. Now that sounds like a good deal.

Lori Falce writes weekly about the Rush Township/Philipsburg area. Send comments to lorifalce@gmail.com

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