Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Awesome prices for Coleman Camping Gear !

The yard sale season has been lurching along, with some weekends providing me with lots of destinations, while other weekends, there's barely a sale to be found. Now as we enter the hot and humid days of summer, many would-be sellers will wait for the cooler weather of Fall before setting up a table in their driveway. But that hasn’t stopped me from seeking out the few that are scattered around my town. Let me share a few of my recent scores, along with some more of my house moving flips. Between old stuff from my house and things I've turned up at garage sales, I am still happily humming along during these summer months.

Halliburton briefcase 
First up in the batter’s box is this very James Bond-like “Halliburton" briefcase. I sold one of these high end briefcases a few years ago for one hundred dollars. Remembering this, I couldn’t pass up this briefcase at a recent yard sale. There was only one problem however...the briefcase was locked! To make matters worse, the seller couldn’t remember the four digit combination. Since the briefcase was potentially locked forever, the seller offered to give me the briefcase for free. But locked or not, I knew I could probably make some money out of it, so I paid him a dollar. When I got the briefcase home, I tried working the combination like an international safe cracker. Starting at 0-0-0-0, I tediously spun the digits one combination at a time until I finally reached  9-9-9-9. I guess I am a lousy safe cracker. After two separate tries, I couldn't get the briefcase to open. That wouldn’t stop me from from selling the case though. Despite it being locked up tight, I posted the briefcase on eBay. My description specifically stated the briefcase was locked and there was no combination. Even with my brutally honest description, I still had bidders. After a ten day auction, the briefcase that wouldn’t open sold for a healthy $40 dollars! A pretty good return on my one dollar investment.  

Gorgeous Red Coleman Lamp
Another recent find was this beautiful, bright red Coleman lantern in the original box. Followers of my blog know I am big into flipping Coleman camping gear. There’s a huge market for many items bearing the Coleman name including lanterns, coolers and stoves. I found this lantern on a Facebook yard sale group for only five dollars. It also came with a small fuel tank which I sold separately on Ebay for $20. After that sale, I was already $15 dollars ahead. I decided to try my luck selling the lamp on Craigslist. This would avoid the hassle of shipping the lamp and risk it breaking in transit. After doing some cost comparison shopping on similar models listed on Ebay, I posted my lamp on Craigslist for $135 dollars. Within just a couple days, I received an e-mail from a buyer informing me that he would pay me my asking price. Ironically, I also received an anonymous e-mail from a troll who basically told me I was nuts and would never get $135 bucks! This e-mail I tucked away in my save file for some fun later. Several days later, I met my Coleman buyer at a local farm stand who happily forked over $135 cash for the lantern.

With my money now safe in hand, I couldn’t resist responding back to my troll with the following e-mail:

“Hmmm, you may be right, but do me a favor, don’t tell that to the guy who just paid me $135 cash for it today...lol!”

My troll responded back with a harmless insult, at which point we actually bonded over a discussion on how well Coleman gear sells. After another e-mail or two, we wished each other good luck out there in the garage sale hunts. With that, I guess you could say I was now $135 bucks richer and also made a new Craigslist friend!

Larami Super Soaker
Lastly, I’ll wrap up with another house moving flip. While cleaning out our old house prior to the move, I came across another remnant of our kid’s childhood. It was a hefty "Super Soaker" water pistol. These bad boys shoot an impressive stream of water, somewhat comparable to a fire hose. The water pistol had seen better days with some fading color and dings. It had  been hanging around the house for years, last used by my youngest son during high school for various senior prank hi-jinks. After his graduation, it sat in the trunk of his Honda for at least two years, then made it's way back into my garage where I encountered it. I was nearly on the verge of throwing it in a “Goodwill” donation box when I vaguely remembered that a certain brand of water pistol did well on Ebay. Not knowing if my kid’s water pistol was one of those, I scanned the plastic for the manufactures name, then typed it into the eBay search bar. Turns out, I was in possession of the most popular water pistol on eBay...Laremi! Many Larami water pistols sell for insane boo-coo bucks on the auction website. So it wasn't long before my kid’s old water pistol ended up for sale there too. Sure enough after a seven day auction, the old Laramie super soaker sold for $35 bucks! A pretty good price for a piece of plastic that had been rattling around in the trunk of my kid’s car for years! Needless to say, I now try to keep an eye out for any Laramie water pistols when I am at the garage sales. I would recommend you do too!

So that’s our updates for now. How’s your summer going? Any good garage sale or house stuff flips? Feel free to list them in the comment section below.




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