|On scene at a biggie!|
1. Stuff is insanely cheap.
2. The stuff is old.
3. The seller hasn’t advertised his sale.
When these three things come together, garage sale magic can happen! Back in October, I came across one of these magical garage sales just minutes from my home. The sellers had posted only a few signs on nearby telephone poles, never advertising the sale on any form of social media. This usually results in lower turnout for the sale. (Meaning more stuff for me!) The potential for a great sale even caused Mrs. Dude to come with me to check it out. When we arrived, we were not disappointed. The sellers were an elderly father and his son. The older gentleman looked to be in his eighties-my ideal type of yard sale seller. Looking around his back yard sale, the first thing I noticed was that there was very little new stuff. Old toys, tools and furniture were scattered throughout the yard, requiring Mrs. Dude and I to make numerous sweeps so we wouldn’t miss anything. Here’s a few of the deals we picked up...
|Vintage Fifties Spacemen|
figures The old timer had carefully divided the figures up as best he could, grouping them in plastic baggies. Incredibly, each bag was priced from ten cents to twenty cents! I bought every bag he had, barely reaching the dollar mark for all of them. Over the winter I refined the collection further, trying to make sure each lot of figures matched up and were from the same manufacturer. It was something fun to do during those cold winter evenings. One example are the 1950's spaceman figures seen in the photo. These guys set me back ten cents. I flipped them on eBay for $28 dollars. That was ten cents well spent! Between all the toy figure auctions, I’ve earned about $125 and still have a couple left to sell. Not bad for a total investment of about one dollar!
|HO model train buildings|
|Vintage handheld game|
|Porter Cable sander|
Those are just a few of the highlights from what was an awesome garage sale. Although it’s anybody’s guess when we’ll all be able to hit the garage sales this year, it’s nice to look back and enjoy. Have any great flips too want to share? Use the comment section below and let us all know.
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