It happened on a rare Friday morning yard sale. The folks hosting the sale were having a two day event, selling both on Friday and Saturday You know what that usually means...all the good stuff sells Friday, leaving only the scraps for Saturday buyers. So to make sure I got my fair share of the goodies, I showed up on Friday morning. The weatherman was calling for rain, so the seller had everything neatly displayed inside the garage. Garage sales that are actually being held inside the garage, can
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Fortunately, this particular sale was not as bad as all that. I could see my way around and spotted an old cardboard box for Aurora HO slot cars. Because it looked old, the box caught my eye. It originally contained a complete Aurora HO racing track set from the Sixties era. There were some neat graphics on the outside, but the actually Aurora racing set was long gone. The box was now used to store some other slot car related items. Inside the old box, I found a smaller box containing a bunch of old plastic buildings. Underneath that was an another wallet-size box. It contained a tiny electric lamp post for a platform layout. The seller was asking twenty five dollars for both boxes.
I've had some great scores with slot car related stuff in the past, so I was definitely interested. There's a huge demand for anything slot car related, mostly from baby boomers who played with the Aurora racing sets when they were young. If you find anything related to vintage slot cars, whether it's buildings, track or the cars.....buy them! Following my own advice, I negotiated with the seller, buying both boxes for a twenty dollar bill. The empty box was not part of the deal. Instead, the seller used it as a shopping bag, stuffing the two smaller two boxes back inside so I could carry them down to my truck. Feeling pretty good about my Friday purchase, I tossed the box in the back of my truck and headed home.
|HO slot car buildings|
|Slot car street light|
|Nothing to see here...just an empty box|
Subtracting my original $20 dollar investment, I made $94 big ones between the three auctions. It goes without saying that I love Friday yard sales! Not to mention slot cars, plastic buildings and most importantly, vintage boxes. Keep an eye out for all that stuff at the yard sales. They're money in the bank...or in this case...the box!
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