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March 16, 2003

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Whether you're looking to get into the tag-sale business or just want to hold a single sale, "The Complete Guidebook to the Business of Tag and Estate Sales" can guide you through the process.

The book was written by Mim Nagy, a Lorain, Ohio, native who did antique appraisals and estate sales for 31 years on Long Island, N.Y., before moving back to Northeast Ohio. It covers many of the nuts-and-bolts issues associated with sales, such as advertising, sign-making, setting up, choosing helpers and communicating with clients. However, it doesn't purport to teach readers what may be the most challenging part of a tag sale, recognizing the value of the items they're selling.

"The Complete Guidebook to the Business of Tag and Estate Sales" is published by Nagy's company, TLC Tag Sales and Publishing Co. It may be ordered for $30 plus shipping and handling by calling 1-866-323-3433 or by sending a check or money order to the company at P.O. Box 39060, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039. Shipping rates, sales tax information and printable order forms are available at www.tagsalebusiness.com.

What's new: Sandboxes may never look the same.

Happy Hues is sand gone splashy, dyed in the kid-friendly colors of bright blue, purple, pink and orange. It's colorfast and kid-safe, and will hold its color for a whole season of play, according to the manufacturer, Independence company ChromaSand LLC.

Happy Hues is available in 40-pound bags, with a suggested retail price of $8.99. It's available at select home and garden centers.

Q&A

I'm trying to find a scrapbook big enough to accommodate the newspaper stories I saved from Ohio State's football season. Do you know where I can find one? -- Jan Nutter, Norton, Ohio.

Century Photo Products carries a Jumbo Scrapbook with pages that are 17 and one-half by 24 inches, big enough to fit an entire newspaper page. The scrapbook is priced at $33.96 and can be ordered at www.centuryphoto.com or 1-800-767-0777.

-- Send your question about home maintenance, decorating or gardening to Mary Beth Breckenridge, the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O.Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640. Or send e-mail to mbrecken@thebeaconjournal.com.

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