With Covid-19 running rampant, you might think Fall 2020 was an awful time to be in the garage sale picking business. For one thing, there was a decline in the number of garage sales being held. There’s also been the Covid protocols to deal with. Most garage sales required buyers to wear a mask when shopping their sale. It's a necessary evil, but it’s also a pain. I wear eye glasses and the resulting “fog-up” makes it difficult to closely examine stuff. Also, some sellers take their Covid precautions to extremes. At one over-the-top garage sale I attended, the seller required attendees to not only "mask up" but to "glove up” too! She even distributed latex rubber gloves to anyone who walked into her garage. I thought this was a little much, but I gloved up anyway. It turned out to be waste of a pair of gloves. I only looked around for a few minutes, then left empty (gloved) handed. As it stands now, the yard sale season has come to a cold winter's end in my part of the country. With any luck, the pandemic will soon end soon too. Until that time, let’s take a look at a few of my fall garage sale 2020 flips and finds.
from being stuck with a “loser” item. Take for example this vintage Marx toys “Davey Crockett” cap pistol. This was another great bargain. I paid 25 cents for it at a local yard sale. For the price of a quarter, it initially seemed like a no-brainer. My research had found similar cap guns were selling for around twenty dollars. Feeling confident, I started my auction at $12 bucks, hoping to make about twenty dollars off the toy. My hopes were dashed when the auction completely bombed with not a single bidder for the toy gun. Worried that I had a loser on my hands, I reposted the cap gun a few weeks later, this time with a lower starting bid of $9.99. Miracle of miracles, a buyer e-mailed me asking if I would sell it to him for a “Buy It Now" price of $50 dollars? I quickly responded in the affirmative, revising the auction so he could immediatley purchase the cap gun. Within minutes he completed the transaction and just like that, my loser cap gun went from being a big loser to a very big winner! Hard to explain these things sometimes, but I love it!
That’s just a few of my fall yard sale season highlights. Any good scores you want to post about? Please feel free in the comment section below.
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