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Woman Uses Unwanted Yard Sale Items To Buy Mom's Headstone

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Posted at 6:01 PM, Jun 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:37:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Locked away in an East Nashville apartment Connie Ferguson is doing what she can to remember her mom.

"The shoes they were donated for the sale," said Connie Ferguson standing in a room full of trinkets and other household items piled 5 feet high.

It may resemble a scene from the television show Hoarders but this 52-year-old woman has no plans to keep any of this, she plans on selling it all at a massive yard sale.

Connie though won't be pocketing any profits from the yard sale, a few months back Connie unexpectedly lost her mom Francis.

"She was our rock," Connie said holding back tears.

"She had a heart attack," she added.

The 71-year-old was buried at Harpeth Hills.  You wouldn't know it though since her family couldn't afford the $2,500 memorial marker.

"I get very emotional and my mom's brother called me once and asked me where was she buried at down there that he couldn't find her. All I want is to be able to have the opportunity when I do go to her grave site and be able to not only see it but I would be able to let others know where she’s at," Connie said.

Unsure of how to pay for the headstone Connie began asking for leftover items from stranger's yard sales. The donated dolls and DVD's will soon be sold, to help pay for her mom's memorial.

"She was a loving mother and I miss her so terribly," Connie added.

Connie is currently accepting yard sale donations for the next month or so.