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Written by JOHN MORTON   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:14

Saukville’s D’Angelo family on Green Bay Road has 20-plus years of rummage-sale royalty on its resume, and during Saturday’s village-wide event of the same it once again brought its A-game.
“I couldn’t even venture a guess of how much we have out here and how many people come by,” homeowner Matt D’Angelo said. “We have one of these in the spring and the one in the fall and people come from all over the area, even from Milwaukee.
“It’s not a business or anything. We just have tons of stuff between us and our three kids and their kids. Plus, my wife (Donna) works for a law firm and she helps take things people don’t want in situations she finds out about, like with estates. The children don’t always want everything. We’ll  take it off their hands for them.”
Indeed, the yard was filled with racks and tables of most everything you can think of – tools, cookware, clothes, beds, toys, books, you name it.
“They are great — and what a terrific price,” Port Washington’s Tony Katchever said of the operation as he strapped his items into the back of his pickup truck. “I bought two single beds with box springs and frames for $15.”
Katchever runs a men’s boarding house near Milwaukee’s Marquette University campus.
“I’ve had to buy new before when I was in a bind and the same thing costs me up to $150 each. I can’t do that anymore, so I rely on sales like these,” he said.
The event’s strategy is simple: Anyone who wants to sell stuff does it in unison with neighbors to maximize the opportunity.
Sure enough, parked cars were lined up and down Green Bay Road on Saturday — a scene that was common throughout the village. The day’s weather was picture perfect, and the turnouts from deal-seeking buyers reflected that.
Two doors down from the D’Angelos, J.T. Mrugula benefitted from the spillover.
“I’d say about half of the people from that sale stop by here,” said the 14-year-old, who was representing his family in selling mostly clothes and DVD movies. “I get to keep 60% of what I sell, so that’s cool.”  
Across town on Fransee Lane, baby stuff for sale seemed to be most prevalent. Nicole Bulow had tables of clothes and toys lined up – all items her 6-year-old son Ben had outgrown.
“These kids grow out of everything so fast, so it was time to clean house,” Bulow said. “And I’m happy to help other parents because I know how expensive kids’ clothes are.
“Every piece I am selling is at about 50 cents. So you can get about five complete outfits or more for about $10.”
She laughed at the fact her son the night before made sure he played one last time with the toys he was selling.
“He even picked out the ones he wanted to sell, so he was ready to say goodbye,” Bulow said. “I’ve been told today that a lot of girls’ stuff is out for sale, but not much for the boys. So this is working out well.”
Back to the D’Angelo front-yard sprawl, which was gaining in shopper numbers around the noon hour, the family was enjoying all the commotion.
“It’s really a nice social day,” Donna D’Angelo said. “We see a lot of friends we don’t always see, or we make new friends, or we see a bunch of our repeat customers.”
Her granddaughter, Maegen Richard, sees it also as a family reunion of sorts.
“That’s what I like most — that we’re all together for this,” she said. “I remember when I was like 2 and 3 how I’d have a lemonade stand out here. I also furnished my college dorm and first apartment through this sale.
“So it means a lot. It’s more than just a rummage sale for me.”

 
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