|Photo by Anna Jones|
|Dino Anello scans the goods at a yard sale.|
It is 7 a.m. on a Saturday, and Dino Anello is cruising the back streets of Beverly Hills in his Champagne-colored Camry. With him is his affable brother-in-law, Ryan Paul, as well as a documentary cameraman, who monitors the action from a remote-controlled cab camera mounted under the rearview mirror.
Their prey is not celebrities but yard sales — a surprisingly technical (and action-packed) undertaking.
Using a combination of Craigslist and Yardmapper.com on several handheld devices (including two SocketScan scanners, which allow them to track the real-time resale value of any item with an ISBN number), Paul heads west, zeroing in on a possible target in Santa Monica — only to realize that the sale isn't scheduled to begin until 9 a.m.
Anello is dismayed.
"It's a 9 o'clocker! I can't use a 9 o'clocker right now," Anello hollers over the roar of the engine as he abruptly turns right onto Ocean Avenue. "Give me an 8 o'clocker!"
Suddenly he's surrounded by orange traffic cones. The street is closed.
"What is this? Some kind of marathon?" Exasperated, Anello maneuvers around the cones, flawlessly executing a U-turn on the nearly deserted street. "OK. We gotta find a way around these crazy detours!"More »