June 30, 2010 |
On the outskirts of this former insurgent stronghold, Munir Ibrahim Ismail and his family have taken up residence in an American military latrine. They picked up the trailer full of toilets at a junkyard for about $5,000 — less than it would have cost them to build a real house — and set to work. They tore out the toilet bowls and scrubbed the trailer for days with disinfectant. They ripped off tiles, poured a concrete floor and added a window. They erected a divider to create two rooms and tacked on a concrete kitchen at the back.
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009 |
Popular children's author and illustrator David Shannon put out a book last year that made kids laugh and their parents cry. The book is called "Too Many Toys" and tells the story of a boy named Spencer who floats happily around his house on a cascading river of toys. But when his dad steps on a Lego piece in his bare feet (ouch!) and his mom trips over race cars while doing the laundry (youch!) they decide that Spencer has too many toys. And so begins an epic negotiation in which Spencer tells his mom he cannot relinquish any toys.
September 3, 2009 |
Deejay Chris Oaks hunched over a studio soundboard at WFIN-AM radio, ignoring the cramp in his lower back and the flashing lights from the phone lines. He listened to the voice in his headphones: a man calling in to sell a pair of air conditioners for $60 each. "I need the money more than I need to stay cool," the man said. Oaks nodded. "I hope you're not selling all that you have," he said as the temperature outside hovered in the mid-90s. "You may need one." For more than seven years, Oaks, a skinny, mustachioed man of 42 whose uniform is a rumpled plaid polo shirt and faded jeans, has broadcast radio want ads over the expanse of Ohio farmland.
August 14, 2009 |
A woman whose home was burglarized was shocked to spot her belongings offered at a neighbor's yard sale. Police in Anne Arundel County, Md., said the woman recognized items -- including Christmas decorations, Beanie Babies, a dresser and a fur coat -- being sold by a man who was wearing one of her T-shirts. Authorities said they found $25,000 worth of her clothes, furnishings and other possessions on the property. The woman, who had been living with her daughter while her home was in foreclosure, discovered last week that her house had been burglarized.
HOME & GARDEN
December 6, 2008 |
Every household should have its own economic stimulus package. In our case, it's a yard sale -- the ultimate in recycling. Memo to White House: Out here in the hinterlands, where dogs run free and children frolic safe and worry-free in the warm sunshine, we have discovered a sure cure to our nation's economic doldrums. If everyone could get together and hold one gigantic yard sale, we could raise enough money to bail out the banks, the automakers and my wife, Posh's, Visa account.
HOME & GARDEN
August 16, 2008 |
In WHAT had been a parking lot for a Monterey-style bungalow court in West Hollywood, four showrooms have established an alfresco design destination they have dubbed the Almont Yard. "It's a group-effort place for us to entertain filled with good old junk," says antiquarian Nathan Turner. "That's junk as in j-u-n-q-u-e," adds Joe Lucas, who opened the latest addition, Harbinger, this month with partner Parrish Chilcoat, above.