As I was taking a closer look at this item with a telescoping arm, one of the women selling at this location said, "it's for picking up golf balls."
Another woman instantly added, "if you don't know what it is, you don't need it."
"Good point." I put the stick down. Even though I love telescoping rods.
I've got other photos from yesterday's sale up on Flickr including some stitched panoramas.
Also up on Flickr: