By DEB WUETHRICH
For Tecumseh residents Wes and Theresa Powers, spearheading the Friends of Tecumseh Schools Orchestra (TSO) annual yard sale has been a labor of love — and a way to promote the “green” way of living, since there’s nothing that says “recycling” and “reuse” like a yard sale.
“We’ve been junkers from way back,” Wes said. He and Theresa, who is President of the Elizabeth Wilson Foundation that started and supports the TSO program, can even say their habits of attending yard and garage sales changed their lives. Several years ago, they were just following a sale on N. Union Street and ended up owning the house.
“There wasn’t a sign on it at the time,” said Theresa, “but it was for sale, and we ended up falling in love with it and bought it instead of building one, which was in our plans.” Wes said they even furnished the house largely through their garage, yard and rummage sale habits.
The story didn’t end there, however. Theresa soon made friends with a neighbor, Elizabeth Wilson, whom she considered more like a grandmother, and through the years, learned of Elizabeth’s dream for a strings program in the school.
“She played the violin and never understood why there was no orchestra program in the district,” said Theresa. The Elizabeth Wilson Foundation was then formed, and the TSO program started in 2003.
“So for us, it all started when we went to a garage sale,” said Theresa.
“Actually, we both have gotten more out of the orchestra program than we have put in,” said Wes.