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Garage/yard sale finds

  1. May 31, 2008 #1
    Garage/yard sale finds!!

    Do you go garage sailing? Rummage at rummage sales? yard sales?


    I just got five new sets of (full) sheets (three flannel sets) all with the pillow cases, six flannel shirts (five with the tags)---(I like flannel), a new coffee grinder in the box, and about twenty five assorted towels-some sets- (but I bought them and use them for cleaning, etc.) and a large vintage table cloth and matching napkins for ---drum roll, please-----







    $26.40
     
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  3. May 31, 2008 #2
    Congrats on the bargain.... I guess you'll only have to do laundry four times a year now!
     
  4. May 31, 2008 #3

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    There is a business locally that specializes in buying stuff from insurance claims. I have bought a really wonderful electric guitar (worth over $400 at least) for $100, a Gitzo tripod that sells for $400-500 for $75, and a wonderful front -surface silvered mirror from an otpometrist's office for $5.
     
  5. May 31, 2008 #4

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    Second hand sheets :eek: *faints*
     
  6. May 31, 2008 #5
    That's awesome, and for such a good deal.....amaizing

    We are getting ready for yard sales, like next week. So excited, I get to get rid of all my junk and people think they are getting treasures, lol :smile: I have a few things I'm looking for too
     
  7. May 31, 2008 #6
    brand new--


    a really really old couple (about 50 to 55 y.o.)----they went from full to queen
     
  8. May 31, 2008 #7
    :surprised:rofl: really, really old :rofl:
     
  9. May 31, 2008 #8
    boy, that sounds great----I thought they did that only for telescopes---It must have a totally different look NOT having to be reflected through the glass twice ('It' -I mean the reflection)--I bet that puppy was expensive new.
     
  10. Jun 1, 2008 #9
    I don't go to yard sales but occasionally I find interesting things left by the dumpsters at the apartment complexs I work at. My co-worker got in trouble for taking some chairs once though. Fortunately I just look at the novels and text books that people are throwing out.
     
  11. Jun 28, 2008 #10

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    Re: Garage/yard sale finds!!

    The build them that way for optometrists and ophthalmologists so that when you're looking at the mirror seeing a reflection of a chart, distortion is minimized. I used mine to build a nice accessory for my binoculars - a mount above (and slightly to the rear) of the mirror holds my binoculars so that I can sit comfortably at a picnic table and star-gaze while looking downward, like through a microscope. No more kinked neck when looking at objects high in the sky.
     
  12. Jun 28, 2008 #11

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    I don't do garage sales. None that I stop at ever have anything that nice. It's usually pretty much the old junk you'd expect at a garage sale. I probably would completely overlook something valuable because most of that really valuable old stuff just looks like old lady junk to me.
     
  13. Jun 28, 2008 #12

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    Why would I have ever done that? :confused:
     
  14. Jun 28, 2008 #13

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    Some of the old glass (especially from Mount Washington and Sandwich glass works) is very valuable. Mount Washington's pieces are generally quite decorative and are more complex in implementation than Sandwich, which tends to be molded in colors (transparent red, blue, yellow, green, etc). Much of the Sandwich glass is clunky-looking with mold-marks etc, and you'd walk right by it - missing perhaps thousands of dollars in the process. My wife and I went to an antiques group-shop quite a few years back and I saw a tiny vase priced at $3. I picked it up and she asked why I wanted it - I said I'd tell her later. It was a hand-blown vase with an acid-etched surface. The color (top to bottom) went from clear to peach and back to peach, and the pontil (bottom surface) was un-polished. I showed it to a glass expert a few weeks later and he appraised it at $250-300. It is a high-quality piece and the modest price reflects the fact that the vase is unsigned.
     
  15. Jun 28, 2008 #14

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    That vase reminds me of a triffid.
     
  16. Jun 28, 2008 #15
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    I'm on the look out for guitars. I have guitars, ranging from ok to very good (my baby is a Gibson SG Faded), but there's always the chance that someone will sell a good one cheap because they don't know the value. For example, I know a guy who bought a very good bass guitar for cheap because one of the strings was broken and the people selling it didn't know you can replace them.
     
  17. Jun 29, 2008 #16

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    How could I find such a business in my area? Have any of you gone to an estate sale?
     
  18. Jun 29, 2008 #17

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    You could do a search on the words "surplus" and/or "salvage" or perhaps contact a commercial insurer to see who they deal with when a store is damaged by flood or fire and they have to liquidate inventory after paying the claim.
     
  19. Jun 29, 2008 #18
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    it depends on 'what' you're 'looking for' on where you should go---

    House auctions, estate sales, garage sales, state surplus auctions, etc.


    What are you looking for? (do you have a specialized area of interest?)
     
  20. Jun 29, 2008 #19

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    I don't even know what an estate sale is. I think it is when the people of the residence die and their stuff is carted off, by others for a fee of course.

    I bought a book page holder for 50 cents. It was tarnished but after rubbing it with a cloth, I found that it was silver. It is quite weighty for it's size. I'll post a pic if I get the chance.

    edit: I think I lost it/ it's somewhere around.
     
  21. Jun 29, 2008 #20
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    It used to be 'just' that---(when a person died)---'estate' sales are sometimes called 'tag' sales. An estate (the property of someone) was 'tagged' (price tagged) in the person's home by an estate liquidator (usually an antique dealer), and the selling of the items would be on a first come first serve basis starting at a given time and day.

    People would (will) line up (early, sometimes the day before if the sale has a lot of 'good' items) to be first in line to be able to have first choice as usually only a certain number of people would be allowed in (depending on how many people could fit comfortably in the house---they are also called 'house sales').

    As people leave, then other people could be let in. A lot of times, on the last day of the sale (usually for the last hours of the sale), items would be marked down, or offers taken for the remaining stuff.
     
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