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Once all the unwanted belongings are cleared from Marvin and Sharyn's house, Peter and the team rent a 10,000-square-foot warehouse to hold a gigantic rummage sale. Piled on dozens of tables are stuffed animals, office supplies, clothing and accessories—including 3,000 handbags and 3,000 pairs of shoes.

Before walking their mother through the warehouse, Peter shows Sharyn's three children, Jodi, Steve and Rich, the sea of belongings. "This is unbelievable," Rich says.

When Peter takes Marvin and Sharyn in to see their rummage sale, Sharyn is stunned by the sheer number of things she sees piled on the tables. Then Peter reveals a second room with almost as many items as the first. "It's sick. It is so sick," Sharyn says. "I feel like a monster has been unleashed. But for the life of me, I cannot believe I even had that path to walk [in the house]."

Watch as Sharyn sees the warehouse for the first time.Watch

Now Sharyn has a choice, Peter says—her stuff or her family. "There is either quantity or there is quality," he says.

"My family. I love you guys so much," Sharyn says. "I thank you for putting up with me. Nobody else on this earth would have put up with me."

Before the family left the warehouse, Peter gave Sharyn five minutes to take anything she wanted. Then, a major breakthrough occurred—Sharon took nothing. "This is my past, and you and this whole crew and my family are my future," she says.

As the family walked away from their past, Peter opened the doors to the largest rummage sale we've ever seen. In just four days, warehouse was completely cleared out and a total of $13,000 was raised!
FROM: Inside the Lives of Hoarders with Peter Walsh, Part 1
Published on November 16, 2007


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