Blacksburg woman selling her Extreme Makeover: Home Edition collection
BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) -- If the house at 400 Ardmore Street in Blacksburg looks familiar, there's a reason why.
It was featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2005.
It's the home Carol Crawford Smith and her son have called home more than a decade, but Smith says the time has come for her to sell the house and everything inside.
"I've gotten to the point with the disease process. I've been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and I need assisted living. 24 hours," said Smith.
To help raise money for that, Smith is having what she calls an 'extreme moving sale.' She's selling both items and furniture from the show, and also some items from her personal collection. Those include both items she made herself, and also things she picked up while traveling the world before she settled in Blacksburg.
"As a former dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem, I collected many artifacts, many pieces or art, many never could be found pieces, that have such things like from the USSR," said Smith.
The home sale started Friday at 1 p.m., and well before that people had lined up, ready for the sale to begin.
One of the people who came was Blacksburg resident Mode Johnson. Johnson knows both Smith and the house, having personal ties to the ABC show. "I came on the last few days when it was done and they wanted people to be able to clean up, so I volunteered."
Johnson wore his blue t-shirt from the show, stopping to chat with a lot of the other shoppers.
He says he came to shop the sale, but also to say goodbye. "And I thought I'd like to see the house again and maybe see Carol and it was really nice to see everybody," he said.
For Johnson, this was almost the end of an era, saying he was there to see it "From the beginning and now it's going to move on to somebody else."
Smith has been living in an assisted living center in the area for about a month, and she said her friends, or "friemily" as she calls them, have been a great help to her as she prepares to move. She said she hopes to stay in the area, but really doesn't know what her future will hold.
Her son is currently in Africa, working with the Peace Corps.
The sale will be Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. both days. Cash is preferred, although checks will also be accepted.