If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know the one thing I love more then a good deal at the garage sales, is a great deal in the trash! As I like to say, "Nothing beats the price of free." No haggling on price, no fumbling around in your pocket reaching for cash. When you find it at the curb it's as simple as grab and go! That was the case yesterday afternoon as I drove down a local road. Blissfully driving along in my truck, I spotted what I assumed was the remnants of a Saturday morning garage clean-out. (It definitely wasn't yard sale leftovers because the house wasn't on my list earlier that morning.) I slowed down and counted several bikes, a plastic sled and a Halloween blow mold. A "free" sign was posted on one of the bikes. Passing by the house, I drove a little further then did a quick U-turn to re-evaluate the throwaways. Once back in position, I took a quick photo for the website then made my move! Now here's a test for my loyal readers: I only grabbed one thing....what do you think it was? Hmmmmm.......
Did you venture a guess? Here's a clue. If you read one my of my favorite blogs, Treasures in Thrifting Land you may remember beckyp recently bought two strings of blow mold owls at her local Goodwill for $6 each. It was more then she wanted to pay, but what can you do? You have to buy them when you see em! Good thing she did too, because she then turned around and flipped them for $50 each...an awesome score! Also not long ago, I happen to discover an eBay seller who makes good money selling nothing but holiday blow molds; Santa Claus, Halloween pumpkins and everything else. Ever since reading about beckyp's owls and seeing that eBay Santa seller, I've been looking out for any blow mold items. Given this, you may have figured out what I grabbed. If you guessed the blow mold Halloween ghost you are a winner! (Sorry, no prizes for guessing correctly.)
It was an easy call for me. I had no desire to grab any of the other bulky items. Like most hardcore eBay sellers, storage is an issue at my house. I currently have one bike for sale on Craigslist that's just sitting in my garage. I don't need any more for now. I also completely ignored the kid's sled. I don't see a huge demand for this big hunk of plastic, particularly in June. Next to old George Foreman grills and fish tanks, sleds are probably one of the most common unsold items seen at my local garage sales.
So with the other junk immediately dismissed and visions of blow mold sales dancing in my head, I jumped out of the truck and grabbed the plastic ghost. When I arrived home I immediately looked up the spooky guy on eBay. I found the exact same style ghost recently sold brand new for $32 dollars and a few pre-owned ghosts that sold for around $20. Not bad prices considering Halloween is months away. Since I want to make the most I can on him, I plan to hold Casper until Halloween and sell him on Craigslist or eBay. If similar ghosts sell right now for a twenty dollar bill, I am sure I can fetch $30 or more for him in October!
Another great trash picking score, thanks to some folks who kicked their Halloween ghost to the curb. Good thing I was there to rescue him and hopefully flip him for a nice little profit! Do you have a good "money in the trash" story you want to share? Let's hear about it!
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