The treasure hunters began camping out at 6:30 a.m. Monday to get the first dibs on a houseful of items, collected by two brothers over decades and kept for who knows what purpose.
The lake home located on Richdorf Drive in Muskego was in disrepair for many years, say neighbors, and only the recent passing of the owner Bob Sochurek, who lived with his brother Don in the home their parents built in 1954, allowed for the sale of its contents. Tom Ewart, owner of Open House Estate Sales, said the collection was varied and reflected the family's electronics business. Interest in the sale, which could be the largest of its kind in the state, is based on human nature and people's love of the past.
"Really, anything nostalgic sells,"Ewart said. "It doesn't matter if it's a radio or a Lionel train set, if it's from an era people are fond of, people are interested in it."
Scores of buyers lined up on the lawn, signing in and awaiting for their number to be called in. The interior of the three-bedroom home was indeed filled in every room and on every floor with household items, but also antique radios, outboard motors and Lionel train pieces. By 3 p.m., more than 500 people had signed in to get a look - and a bargain - at the items for sale.
The sale will continue Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.