TROSA holding downtown yard sale

Sep. 10, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

One woman found a book valued at $200 and only paid 50 cents for it.
Another bought a nearly new TV for her boys’ room for $10.
There was a baby grand piano for sale for $800, a Nautilus workout system for $375 and a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle for $1,900.
Thousands of items were on display Tuesday afternoon at the TROSA yard sale on Dillard Street across from the new Durham County Courthouse.
The sale had just about anything anyone could imagine – an Aspen ski water bottle from Colorado for 25 cents, an Easy-Bake Oven for $2, a gold plastic gladiator helmet with a bright red brush on top for $1, a trivet with a white poodle on it and a whole bunch of other stuff. TROSA displayed about 19 tractor-trailers full of stuff under big white tents, with plans to unload 15 more trailers full of merchandise throughout the sale.
“We’ll be unloading daily until the completion of the sale,” said TROSA staff member, Susan Mowery. “We have 200 sofas and over a thousand chairs that we plan on unloading.”
Harvey Mitchell found some old record albums and bought them for $2 each, including Donna Summer, Johnny Mathis, the Ray Charles Singers and Nat King Cole.
“It might be a good investment,” he said of the albums. “Ten years from now it might be worth something. It’s hard to find this kind of music and sound on a CD or DVD.”
Jasmine Tankard bought two small TVs for $10 each, one for her and one for her sons to watch Disney videos on it.
“I came out here looking for a bed frame,” she said. “I got a new baby coming, and I’m looking for a dresser, too.”
The woman who found the $200 book for 50 cents is a regular, and she uses a special scanning devise to check used books, said Patrick Glaser, a 19-month resident of TROSA. She hit the jackpot Tuesday.
The yard sale will be open every day this week and ends on Saturday at 5 p.m. TROSA workers will be reducing prices on Saturday, according to Mowery, who is a former resident and now works there as the assistant woman’s program director.
TROSA, which stands for Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc. is a two year residential program for people with alcohol or drug problems. Participants learn job skills through TROSA’s businesses, which include a moving company, a frame and furniture shop, a lawn care business and Christmas tree lots.
There are 425 residents in the program.
“The awesome thing about TROSA is you don’t have to have anything to come here,” Mowery said.
The downtown location is attracting some new customers to the yard sale, Glaser said.
“This is the first time doing the yard sale in this location,” he said. “We’re really excited to be down here. The people in the business community have been real supportive in helping us get ready.”
In other TROSA news, TROSA has purchased the old Hartman’s Steak House building at 1703 East Geer Street, which is near the interchange of I-85 and Highway 70 in northeastern Durham.
TROSA plans to open a thrift shop there in several months and move its frame and furniture business, which is now on Foster Street, there, also, according to Mowery.