|A good takeoff to the garage sale season!|
|See it at a party...buy it at a garage sale.|
Mrs. Dude also found an empty Apple iPad box. You're probably asking, "Who cares about an empty iPad box?" Believe it or not, a lot of people actually do, including folks who own used computer stores and Apple fan boys and girls. Like most hotly sought after items, used Apple iPads and iPhones always sell for more money when they come in the original box. If you don't have a box-you can always buy one on eBay! To her credit, Mrs. Dude's retrieved the iPad box from a pile of junk in an upstairs bedroom. The seller charged us a quarter for it. Empty Apple boxes typically sell for ten bucks or more on eBay! Crazy, right? However, It's been pointed out by some readers that selling brand name boxes may be a violation of eBay policies. The policy doesn't appear to be strictly enforced. Checking recent listings, 22 empty iPad boxes were sold on eBay, some selling for as much as twenty dollars! If you want to sell a box, read eBay's policy and decide for yourself.
So our trip to the dumpy house seemed like a good start to the 2013 garage sale season. Speaking of Mrs. Dude's finds, you may remember my blog piece about the lucky guy who found a vintage baseball photo inside a book purchased at a garage sale. His rare find ended up selling for $92,000 at an auction! After marveling over the story, I commented that I've never discovered a "find" hidden inside another item. But I later remembered that Mrs. Dude actually did! A few years ago, she bought an old purse at our local Saint Vincent's thrift store. She paid $5.00 for it. Once she got the purse home, Mrs. Dude began to search through the pockets. Inside one pocket she discovered something that's a huge collectible where I live....a 1977 beach tag from Ocean City NJ.
|Buried treasure found inside a purse|
So given their collectible value, you can imagine how giddy Mrs. Dude was on finding a 1977 beach tag hidden inside her five dollar purse. It was like finding a stash of twenty dollar bills inside! After making this awesome discovery, it wasn't long before we posted the old beach tag on eBay. Like a Nor'easter off the Jersey shore, the bids came in fast and furious. By the close of the auction, the little 1977 beach tag sold for $64 dollars! Pretty good for something found wedged in the pocket of an old purse. As a current price update, that same tag today would sell in the neighborhood of $85 dollars on eBay. (We got to keep checking those old purses at Saint Vincent!)
Believe it or not, I do have a "Part II" to the beach tag collectibles story. It's quite a doozy and also involves Mrs. Dude. I'll share that story later. But in the mean time, how about you? Do you have a local collectible that sells like gangbusters in your area, but would get ignored elsewhere? Tell us about it in the comment section below....
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