Mar 05, 2013, 03:01 PM
Best yard sale find ever!
I was wondering what everyone's best finds were! It encourages me to keep looking by reading everyone's posts. Mine was last year. A guy said he had a roll of old coins, they were dime size. He dumped out the roll, 3 were dimes most were half dimes, canandian silver 5 cents and other silver coins from before 1800. There were 60 total, he wanted a $1 each. I paid him and left. Stopped at the LCS and the guy offered $2300 for all. I didn't sell a one. One of the best was a 1800 us half dime. Some key date 5 cent canadian coins and some other nice dated coins. Best find to date!
Mar 05, 2013, 05:29 PM
Mar 05, 2013, 06:25 PM
Mar 06, 2013, 11:31 AM
I think my best find lately is up on Ebay now. A Lundberg paperweight vase. My best find ever was a coin I wrote about before... Paid $250, sold for $15,000 (20 years later).
Mar 06, 2013, 03:06 PM
I would post a few, but I refuse to share my secret money makers.
Never buy anything you have to feed or paint. ---Old Hobo Wisdom---
Mar 06, 2013, 03:09 PM
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Mar 06, 2013, 06:14 PM
Link to this story, please.
Originally Posted by dejapooh
"Internet quotes are often inaccurate."
Mar 06, 2013, 06:33 PM
Found an old Hot Wheels carrier,the one shaped like a wheel with almost never played with Hotwheel cars on the inside,bought it for $5,sold it for $200 to a dealer,also a brand new still in the box "Pee-Wee Herman talking puppet,for $4 and sold it to the same dealer for $150.00,probably could have gotten more for Pee-Wee.
Mar 06, 2013, 06:37 PM
I found hot wheels when I first started going to yard sales. They had red around the wheels and I though someone drew on them with marker. Then I gave them to good will!!! Stupid.
Originally Posted by Produce Guy
Mar 06, 2013, 06:56 PM
I hate to boast without pictures, but about six months ago (before I started following this site), I picked up an original Bulova Accutron model 214 in an 18k case with an 18k band that had a 14k clasp. Didn't try to auction it, but sold the gold piecemeal for a total of $2200. Paid $10 for it. The posts I put this week, though, represent a very good week. I expect to get at least $500 for the Meiji vase (or at least my auction guy thinks so) and another couple of hundred for the jade foo dog. Already sold the letter opener for $50 and the bearing puller for $40. I'm saving the piano Spiedel display for my neice. Spent a total of, gas included $31.
Mar 06, 2013, 07:24 PM
I once paid $10 for a large box of sports cards. I found some game used cards, mostly baseball and sold them all for a bit over $150.
The cream of the crop, however, was an autographed rookie card of Albert Pujols #'d to 300. After a bit of investigating I found out that only 50 of those cards had been signed! eBay auction ended at $565 for that one card.
Paid $10 for box and brought in over $700!
Mar 06, 2013, 09:05 PM
Just started selling a few months ago, so nothing too wild yet. Found an Air Force Issued Cooper A-2 Bomber Jacket at a thrift store for $2, sold it for $130. Other than that, profits in the $5-$50 range are the norm right now. I just picked up a set of 12 matching Anchor Hocking Fire-King milk glass mugs at my local thrift store for about $4, those should get me something.
Mar 07, 2013, 06:04 AM
The wife called me one day a couple years ago & said she was at a yard sale looking at 3 cat pins that were marked 14k. She is afraid of fakes & wanted to know if she should buy them. I asked her how much & she told me $1 each. I sold them a week later for almost $400.
Mar 07, 2013, 08:32 AM
A collection of 19th-20th century paintings, engravings and prints at a moving sale about 4 years ago. There are 62 pieces total and some of them are water damaged (some to the point of being useless). Paid $700.00 Sold one of them, a large tolouse lautrec signed piece, to a co-worker's wife for $4,000.00. I have a 1930's Jane Marny by Dom movie poster (huge 6 foot by 4 foot) in my parlor and several Frank Paton's in my office at work. I'm just sitting on the rest of them at the minute. They are hard to identify, but I know there is some real value in that collection.
Mar 07, 2013, 11:25 AM
OK, The 2 vases have sold...
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I paid $100 for both of them, so I am pretty happy with that result.
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