In a dark, old North Texas school building, Austinites Emily Low-Johnson and Jennifer Binford made their way through the leftover auction items by shining their tiny key-chain light on possible treasures. They climbed over dusty desks and old band uniforms, scavenging until bingo — vintage maps and drafting tables.
Low-Johnson and Binford had driven about 260 miles to Sherman to pick up more than 100 bent-ply school chairs they purchased from an online auction. But when they were invited to browse through all the unsold items, they found themselves in a picker’s paradise.
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