I’ve always loved a good treasure hunt.
Books and movies like the various adaptations of “Treasure Island” captured my interest as a child. My favorite version of the story was from the children’s television show “Wishbone” in the episode “Salty Dog.”
A couple of my other childhood favorites were Universal Pictures’ “The Treasure of Lost Canyon” and Disney’s “Candleshoe.”
When Disney released “National Treasure” to DVD in 2005, that became one of my favorite movies. “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets” came out three years later and that became a favorite as well. I’m still dying to find out what’s on page 47, but after more than 10 years, I’ve given up on the filmmakers completing a “National Treasure 3.”
I also enjoy engaging in real-life treasure hunts. But not the kind where you dig up pirates’ gold or follow clues to hidden rooms full of priceless artifacts. The kind that brings you to antique stores, flea markets, garage sales and similar places and events. The kind where the “treasure” is something different for each of the seekers.
You never know what you might find, and that’s what makes this type of treasure hunt so exciting.
That’s one thing I love about spring and summer in the Abingtons: there’s no lack of church rummage sales, library book sales and community yard sales. These are like the sandy beaches of Treasure Island. And newspapers’ classified sections and event listings, along with Facebook event pages, are like the maps and compasses pointing to the treasures.
Here are some such listings from the Suburban’s community calendar, which can be found each week on page 2 or online at abingtonsuburban.com:
■Factoryville Baptist Church rummage sale: Friday, April 26, 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bag sale at 2 p.m. Factoryville Baptist Church, 10 Church St., Factoryville.
■Dalton Community Library Book and Bake Sale: Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features a large selection of adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction, magazines, paperbacks, recordings, baked goods and more for sale. Donations for the book sale are accepted year round. For more information, call
■Clarks Green United Methodist Church spring rummage sale: The United Methodist Women of the Clarks Green UMC, 119 Glenburn Road, will hold their spring rummage sale Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, May 3, 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds are used for mission projects, both locally and across the world.
■Dalton United Methodist Church spring rummage sale: Friday, May 3, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 125 S. Turnpike Road, Dalton. Friday will include food service and a bake sale. Saturday will include a bag sale and 1/2 price for better table. Donation drop-off days for the sale are Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30 and May 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seasonal items welcomed. No shoes, electronics, TV’s or large appliances. For more information, call 570-563-1280 or 570-563-1619.
■Countryside Community Church rummage sale: Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 14011 Orchard Drive, Newton Township. Baked goods and lunch available. A half-price sale will be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 570-587-3206.
In the Warner Bros. film, “How the West Was Fun,” with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (another of my childhood favorites), a group of people goes on a hunt for gold. After they find it – and it turns out to be fool’s gold – Natty, one of the characters, points out that, in the end, it isn’t what you find that counts, but the fun you have while looking for it.
Sometimes after a morning of yard sale-ing, I come home with my arms full of treasure, and other times I return empty-handed. But it doesn’t really matter, because the fun is in the search.
And there is some treasure hunting fun to be found at the above events.
To those inclined to seek, happy hunting.
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