For many people, it's not a productive weekend unless they spend some time cruising the neighborhoods for yard sales.

I'm spending a Friday morning at a big community yard sale in Springfield Township, Erie County.  An ad for the event revealed that there would be 30 miles of sales.  Everyone in the sprawling township was invited to inspect their homes and sell whatever items they no longer want.  I have ten dollars and have no idea of what will spark my interest.  I asked fellow bargain hunter Linda Blount to tell me her strategy.

"My son started a little farm so I always look for stuff that he could use.  Decor, like for my house, that I don't want to pay full price for,” she said.  

Linda’s strategy fell apart in a hurry as she left one sale with a pair of shoes and a basket.  She admits she has no idea what she'll do with the basket.

I'm sentimental.  I'm not one who can easily part with something I have owned for years.  Dale and Kevin Rosenburg have no such problem. They have many items on sale in their back yard in East Springfield.

"We just put things away during the year that we don't use and say, 'Hey this is good for the garage sale.  When it comes, we'll pull it out and see what people are interested in,” said Kevin.  

Something definitely catches my eye at the Rosenburg's.  It's two boxes of VCR tapes with movies Kevin taped years ago.  I asked him how many movies were in those boxes.

“Oh, there's probably 100,” he said with a laugh.

My wife is a cat lover. I bought a little trinket for her that has little cat paws painted on it with the statement, 'Tell it to the Paw.'    It cost 50 cents.  I also bought a neat dinosaur for my grandson for two dollars.  I admit I'm a bargain hunting rookie   I have no idea what the toy costs brand new.

It’s been a long morning of cruising the yard sales.  I spent a total of four dollars.  I think I'll come back next year.