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Fan vs. eBay Guys | Garage Sale 2013
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Owner and educator Dr. Chad Laurence is in private family practice at Corrective Chiropractic in Hockessin. After earning his doctorate from Life University of Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga., Dr. Laurence began practicing chiropractic in 2000. ...

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Owner and educator Dr. Chad Laurence is in private family practice at Corrective Chiropractic in Hockessin. After earning his doctorate from Life University of Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga., Dr. Laurence began practicing chiropractic in 2000. Before his chiropractic studies, Dr. Laurence received a BS degree in Microbiology from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Laurence is one of only two doctors in Delaware who is certified in Chiropractic Biophysics, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the CBP technique. With a focus on chiropractic, structural spinal correction, nutrition, education, specific training, and massage therapy, Dr. Laurence is able to relieve symptoms for individuals suffering with physical problems, including neck and low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, arthritis, and intestinal difficulties. His approach is also particularly successful at helping children with chronic ear infections, asthma, allergies, ADD/ADHD, bed-wetting issues, colic and immune system disorders. Dr. Laurence is an experienced presenter who has been invited to speak in a variety of venues. He has published articles in regional health publications and area newspapers. Dr. Laurence and Corrective Chiropractic have been voted “Best Chiropractor in Delaware” by readers of several local newspapers. He currently serves on the boards of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Arthritis Foundation of Delaware, and is a long-standing member of Longwood Rotary. For more information about Dr. Laurence or Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), call Corrective Chiropractic at (302) 234-1115 or visit www.correctivechiro.net.

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[Ed.  Reader and M fan Mark Behnke attended the athletic department Garage Sale on Friday and this weekend offered to share his experience and even scored a few quotes from Dave Brandon via emailThe buzz I’ve heard is that this was one of the lighter sales in both quantity and range of goods. For instance I heard, “It was great if you wear XXXL”...but apparently, as you can see below, there were at least a few damn good items to be had.]

9 better reject Sadly no, this misfit winged helmet was not available for sale on Friday
Guest Post By Mark Behnke
Having never attended the garage sale I decided to take in the experience on Friday.  Wanting to take in the whole experience, I decided to go down the afternoon before and “camp out” in line.  Before I get into the story, I must admit that I am a Michigan memorabilia collector & it is a hobby for my family as well.  I learned there are two main types of collectors: those who do it for the enjoyment, and those who then turn around and try to make a buck selling said memorabilia.  I have heard the second type commonly referred to as the “eBay guys.”  
When I pulled into the parking lot outside of the Indoor Track Building I was about the 12th person to pull out my lawn chair and settle in for a long wait that was accompanied by the scorching smoothness of 95 degrees.  Throughout the overnight hours I was struck by the obvious difference in motivation for being there.  While the eBay guys bemoaned the lack of “game used” jerseys that would be sold, I heard many others who sat through the night mention what they were looking for.
The collectors were there because they love Michigan.  They spoke of items that they had purchased and how much they enjoyed them.  When I asked Dave Brandon about the philosophical importance of events like the garage sale, he noted that, “We like to make our fans happy and many of them look forward to the garage sale every year.”  He added, “Our fans seem to really enjoy the opportunities they are given to purchase a variety of items that wouldn’t necessarily be available at a regular retail store.”  
By daybreak the line was accumulating people a steady rate.  When they moved us up to the door for entry into the Indoor Track Building you could hear the buzz and see the excitement in fans of all ages.  It struck me that this was the goal.  It was never what you bought but that the fact that you could experience Michigan.  
As for me, I walked out with items that I liked.  I found the prices to be very discounted.  A short list of prices are as follows:

  • Jerseys $50
  • Game Pants $10
  • Sweatpants $10
  • Cleats $20
  • Coaching Shorts $5

I was fortunate enough to find a pair of Adidas maize and blue cleats that had a velcro strap over the front of the laces.  I grabbed them then looked at the back and boom!– I saw #16 written on the Adidas logo in black Sharpie [Ed. dude. sweet.].  
shoesbackI did notice that some of the resellers had garbage bags and they chose to rake in pairs of game pants and practice jerseys without evening looking at them. Let’s face it, they have the right to do what they feel like they should.  I would just caution everyone to know that not everything that is listed as “game used” is truly used in a game.
When I returned home, I didn’t race to a computer to post something on eBay.  I showed my girls the shoes and it was a really cool moment for a father to pass on the joy of collecting to his daughters.
[Thanks Mark.  Fans win.  You can follow him on twitter @MBanksVid]

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