Sunday, June 10, 2012

American Roadside Pickers !

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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30 comments:

  1. awesome I would have grabbed that ghost too... Thanks for the shout out but I actually paid only 12.99 for both strands not each :-)

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  2. Gotcha...I revised it to $6 per string. Which Makes the flip even more excellent! Dang, I Need to find those! Glad you like the shout out.

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    1. I want to find some more. I know they are out there. They are such a fast flip. I think I had them listed less than a week. I was so tempted to keep them for myself but I have no use for them. A few weeks back, I found some blow mold Christmas candles. They are huge almost as big as my two year old. I'm debating about putting them up on ebay around Christmas because they are so huge. I guess if the money is right, I will go for it.

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  3. Keep you eyes peeled for those owl blowmolds, they are great sellers! I had 2 strings of them earlier in the year and did great with them. It doesn't stop at owls though, I've seen cats and some other creature (can't remember what it was right now). I've also sold a strand of Uncle Sam covered lights and RV covered lights- not blowmolds but just regular plastic.

    I picked up 10 Christmas blowmolds at an estate sale recently. They are out in the shed right now - waiting till closer to Christmas to clean them up and list them.

    But... I was wrong about what you picked up. I guessed that the ghost was cracked so you went for the sled. We never see sleds here in Florida!

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  4. GreenJeans-I am looking for those blow molds for sure. As far as those Xmas blow molds you have stored, how will you ship them? USPS parcel post? Some of them can be pretty big, is that a problem as far as shipping goes? Any info is appreciated, thanks....Dude!

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    1. I'm first going to try to sell them on Craigslist. We have a VERY active one here but with something like this, I don't know if they will sell. If no luck there, I'll move on to ebay and yes, Parcel Post would be the best option. If shipped Priority, they'd be considered oversize and shipping would be sky high even though they aren't heavy. I'm thinking I'll have to buy boxes to ship them in - a local storage unit place that also does shipping sells boxes but I'm not sure of the prices yet. I'll take into account the blowmold price + box price when setting the starting (or buy-it-now) price.

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    2. GreenJeans-I hear ya. Yeah, parcel post would be the only way to go, but seems like these things need a huge box. I have an ongoing relationship with a School recycling dumpster where I usually find decent size boxes. Gonna have to keep an eye out for one for my ghost! Thanks for filling us all in on your blowmold inventory...Dude!

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    3. LOL: "I have an ongoing relationship with a School recycling dumpster." That just made my morning! HAHA. Well, don't worry, you are not the only one. I made friends with the local school newspaper recycling bin. I get loads of Sunday coupons in there!

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    4. It's true! I've had some good and bad times with that dumpster. May have to blog about it sometime-Ha!

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  6. I picked up one of those baby super yard (8 panel gate) things off the curb in a nice neighborhood a few weeks ago. We'd been out garage saling all day and had a full car already but we stopped and the guy was actually out in his garage. My husband asked if he was giving it away and the guy said yep didn't need it anymore. We had to completely unload and rearrange our haul from the day but we got that sucker in and I turned around and sold it 2 days later for $50!

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    1. Samantha- $50? What an awesome score! I wrote about baby gates about a year ago-they are a winner. Nice trash pick! ...Dude!

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  7. Hey Dude!
    I picked up two kid's bikes on the curb last week & sold them for $30 each the next day. Can't believe you passed on the bikes!

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    1. Alexis-I know, I know! But if you saw my garage you'd see why I passed. Mrs. Dude would kill me if I stuffed more bikes into our packed garage! HA!

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  8. Dude, I recently had a free pile at the end of my driveway during my garage sale on Saturday and it all disappeared. (I thought of you). The best thing I tossed was a metal fire pit bowl with a wrought iron stand. I probably could have sold it but hubby just wanted it gone. I know the picker who snagged it and he's prob going to make a few bucks on it. We went to the drive-in flea market on Sunday and I saw some of my wares on dealers' tables. It's all part of the sell/resell merry-go-round we're on I suppose. The best thing I picked for free was that big market umbrella I blogged about. Best free score ever!

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    1. Miss Clamco- Your fire pit my have been picked up by metal scrappers. There can be a few bucks in that too!(Maybe my next career choice-Ha!)

      I remember reading about your market umbrella. Mr. Clamco power washed it and got it all spiffy clean-great score!

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  9. When I stopped to look at golf shoes for hubby (Craigslist find)the lady had a NKOTB duffle bag in a box marked .10 cents. I fished it out, bought it and the brand new in the box ADIDAS golf shoes for $5. Completed on ebay the bags go from $30-$40. AND hubby got new golf shoes! :)

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    1. Amber - Wow, a dime gets you a $30-$40 NKOTB bag-sweet! Those Adidas golf shoes for five are not too shabby either, probably at least $50 to $100 in the store, double sweet!

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  10. I love curb freebies! My first pick back when I was a teenager was a pair of bf goodrich tires put out as trash. Had about 50% tread left, I knew the people and knew they had come off of a mustang, sold for $50/PAIR. Reminds me of another freebie, but not exactly put out by the curb. A woman had posted an ad in the local paper for two free chinchillas with cage. Her kids were apparently tired of them and no longer gave them much attention. I hopped in my car, picked up the free critters with cage, cared for them for about two weeks, and sold them for $200. I am allergic to the lime dust the little guys roll around in but it was worth it!

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    1. Melissa-Those are great stories, especially the Chinchillas! That was a pretty easy $200! Really amazing what some people will give away for free!

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  11. Some of my best finds have been from the curb. Now my older kids make me swear not to stop if they have a friend in the car though. One of my best finds was a Little Tikes Kitchen for my daughter. A good cleaning and it was at our house for a few years before being passed on to the next little girl. I had to pass a huge pile of free large plastic kids toys today because I was running late and had my crying todddler in the car with me. Made me want to cry too..

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  12. Not long ago, someone put out a brand new Scooter Windshield and a MP3 player. I sold the windshield for $125 and the player for $20. Totally sweet find! Wish is was all that easy.

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  13. I've been picking curbs for a long time. My favorite score is still from my grade school days in the 80s when I found several Star Wars figures and ships at someone's curb. Couldn't even carry them all as I was on my bike. What a haul that was for me!

    However, more recently, I've found a wind sail surfboard (without the mast or sail; board only) that I sold for $90. At another curb, I found a Macy's gift card. Grabbed it because, hey, why not. Turns out, it was a $25 unused gift card. Win!

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