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Selling the past to fund the future: local actress Tricia Tanguy dreams big

Estate sales happen every day. The home and the contents are offered to the public, money exchanges hands and the deal is done. But Strongsville native Tricia Tanguy isn’t just selling a family home and pieces of history, she’s investing in her performance dream of living in New York City.

Tricia Tanguy - Singing the National Anthem (sound check) for the Cleveland Indians, circa 2001.
Tricia Tanguy - Singing the National Anthem (sound check) for the Cleveland Indians, circa 2001.
Tricia Tanguy
Tricia Tanguy

Tanguy and her family will be having the Estate Sale on September 12, 13, and 14, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day at her grandparents’ former home at 14625 Seneca Trail, Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

“My grandparents honeymooned in New York City and had an amazing time, and my Grandmother was always so happy and excited for me and my future life there, since I knew at the age of 12 that performing professionally is what I wanted to do the rest of my life. So now, it only seems appropriate that the sale of their home would be such a wonderful gift to help me. As proud of me as they were, I am even more proud to call such incredible people my grandparents,” says Tanguy, whose name was transferred to their house after the passing of her grandparents.

Tanguy explains a bit more about why the time is right to go for the dream. “Because I've been in New York for the past few years, and now have been on the road since September of 2012, the time and opportunity has FINALLY come to sell the house! That being said, we are having this estate sale in order to clear out the house completely and sell the house itself! My goal is to do all of that while I'm still on the road, so that before the end of tour (which is set for the end of June 2014), I can be on the lookout and potentially buy a condo! The sale of my Grandparents' house would be a great down payment. It’s crazy to think that the sale of a house is a simple down payment for a New York apartment, right? Real estate at its finest!”

So what kind of things at the sale will finance the dream? “Since my Mother and late Uncle grew up in the house, we have found a lot of great keepsakes! There are many things that I have hung on to that remind me of them and are family treasures. My Uncle collected banks, so there are many of those for sale at the house. My Grandmother's beautiful antique dining room set is available for purchase - it is in absolutely beautiful condition! Her sewing machine is as well!”

As for performing arts paraphernalia, guests will find some of that, too! “My grandmother and mother absolutely loved music (I wonder where I got it from?!), so we will definitely have the record player going with many of the records that we found in the house as well. We will also have show posters to sell,” says Tanguy.

What else will be available in the estate sale? The list includes:
-Bedroom sets

Tanguy, whose resumé includes the national tours of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Cats” and “The Producers,” as well as the Off-Broadway production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” got her performing feet wet around the Cleveland area as a child. Along with being a member of the Cleveland Singing Angels, Tanguy was active in local theater productions at the Cassidy Theatre, Beck Center and Strongsville High School. The Ithica College and Carnegie Mellon-trained actress and singer is also SAFD certified in unarmed stage combat, plays the piano and flute, can work a mean baton and can go “cross-eyed” on command. All random and valuable skills to take with her to New York City, and to conquer the world as her grandparents knew she would.

“My Grandfather helped my parents out by driving me to countless lessons, rehearsals, and performances, while my Grandmother would delicious meals, help with homework, and would beam with absolute pride in the audience and would always tell everyone (and I quote!!), "THAT'S my granddaughter!" They were both so unbelievably proud and loving. Losing them was so hard for me, but I know they are watching over me - they're the best guardian angels,” Tanguy says.

The Estate Sale is being held on September 12, 13, and 14, 2013 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 14625 Seneca Trail, Middleburg Heights, Ohio. It’s a chance for one person’s history to open up a whole new future!

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