One man’s trash is another man’s treasure at community garage sale

Stettler residents came out to the Stettler Recreation Centre on Saturday, April 26 to either get rid of clutter or acquire more.

Sheldon Rab shows off his wares at the community garage sale at the recreation centre on Saturday

Sheldon Rab shows off his wares at the community garage sale at the recreation centre on Saturday

Stettler residents came out to the Stettler Recreation Centre on Saturday, April 26 to either get rid of clutter or acquire more.

Vendors showed off their wares, ranging from scrapbooking supplies to stuffed animals to jewellery to appliances.

“We were happy. The vendors were pretty happy. Everyone had good sales,” said Gerry Little with Stettler recreation. He estimates the garage sale got over 500 visitors.

One of those vendors was Sheldon Rab. When he retired and moved to Stettler six years ago, he had almost 14,000 comic books. He’s been steadily selling them all, and now has 4,000.

“I liked the pictures,” Rab said. “I used to collect cards and comics. Sold all my cards twenty years ago and kept the comics. I was silly. I should have collected stamps. It would have been lighter.”

He sells his comics at the farmer’s market in Red Deer from May to October, and he says he does very well there. His most valuable comic book set was a Gene Autry set that he sold for $11,000.

Admission to the garage sale was $2 for an individual and $5 for a family. The admission goes toward general revenue to help with expenses. This is the third year of the garage sale, and the recreation department has no plans to drop the event from the annual calendar.