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We know people love garage sales. After midnight, we actually see a spike in Web traffic because that's when we have put our new listings online.

Some people want to map out their treasure hunt as early as possible. They can't wait until the paper hits their doorstep at 6 a.m.

With these readers in mind, we've created CrossroadsTreasures.com.  Like CrossroadsDining.com, the site combines Google maps with Advocate listings to create a handy directory. You can peruse the listings to find all of the garage sales you want to hit and then plot the fastest route to get from each one.

On Saturday, you'll see we have 71 garage sales listed so far in the Crossroads region. Click on the trip planner link to add addresses to the map. For example, I plotted a trip from the Advocate's office in downtown Victoria would take me 35 miles, or 57 minutes to an estate sale in Yoakum. Of course, your driving time may vary.

You can make the map as intricate as you like. Let us know how you like the new service. Happy treasure hunting.