Garage/yard sale finds

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In summary: I am a musician and play the keyboard and guitar.In summary, the woman found five new sets of sheets, a coffee grinder, and assorted towels. She also found a vintage table cloth and matching napkins. The woman said that she was getting ready for yard sales, and that her first yard sale will be next week. She also said that she has a few things she is looking for at yard sales.
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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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Congrats on the bargain... I guess you'll only have to do laundry four times a year now!
 
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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.
 
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Second hand sheets :eek: *faints*
 
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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
 
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Kurdt said:
Second hand sheets :eek: *faints*

brand new--


a really really old couple (about 50 to 55 y.o.)----they went from full to queen
 
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rewebster said:
brand new--


a really really old couple (about 50 to 55 y.o.)

:rofl: really, really old :rofl:
 
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turbo-1 said:
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.

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.
 
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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 textbooks that people are throwing out.
 
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rewebster said:
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.
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.
 
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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.
 
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rewebster said:
I was thinking, --you've never stayed in a motel or hotel?

Why would I have ever done that? :confused:
 
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Moonbear said:
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.
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.
 
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That vase reminds me of a triffid.
 
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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.
 
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turbo-1 said:
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.

How could I find such a business in my area? Have any of you gone to an estate sale?
 
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GCT said:
How could I find such a business in my area? Have any of you gone to an estate sale?
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.
 
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GCT said:
How could I find such a business in my area? Have any of you gone to an estate sale?

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?)
 
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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.
 
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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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I WISH I could find a nice guitar at a garage sale...

My garage/yard sale, thrift store (yeah, I'll include it, bite me) finds:
1986 Yamaha Razz that we were able to score for $10.
45 LBS Bear recurve bow, for $7 which would be easily $200+ new
Hmm, surely other stuff, just can't think of any now.
 
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My best guitar find was a sunburst Epiphone Les Paul for $100. It was covered in smoky residue with dead strings, and when I plucked the strings, I could feel the body resonating. That was a killer. Best guitar for Duane Allman slide. Second-best was a Fender Esprit that I bought for $300 - look up the Robben Ford custom model and see if you would pay that. His original guitar was an esprit with aftermarket pickups - easy upgrade. My best amp buy was from an old fellow who was moving to Florida with his wife. It was a cherry, almost mint black-face '65 Fender Champ for $100. What a little screamer.

BTW, I'm not just pushing some of the cheaper instruments I have found in the belief that the quality could be consistently good. I earned my way through college playing frat parties and horse-trading guitars and amps. One time, before the vintage guitar craze took off, I traded a '59 Strat for a new '70 Gibson Les Paul Custom and $300. I thought I got a pretty good deal until I tried playing the LP at a frat party and my fingers got sweaty. The LPC "fretless wonder" was crap if you were trying to play deep bluesy bends with sweaty fingers and kept missing the bends. Ditched that and started playing a Tele.
 
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rewebster said:
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.

I'm confused. Why would the things be marked for a monetary value when a person dies?
Is it because the person has no will?
 
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~christina~ said:
I'm confused. Why would the things be marked for a monetary value when a person dies?
Is it because the person has no will?
Instead of making detailed wills, when some people reached old age, they engaged in estate planning. In essence, their homes, property, belongings (aside from things that they wanted to specifically give to others) were auctioned off and the proceeds could be divided among the family, or perhaps be donated to a school to provide seed money for a scholarship. It's quite common.
 
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rewebster said:
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?)

Nothing specifc , just seeking great deals ; especially with respect to the more expensive items such as cars furniture technological items e.g. HDTVs etc...
 
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GCT said:
Nothing specific , just seeking great deals ; especially with respect to the more expensive items such as cars furniture technological items e.g. HDTVs etc...

If its the 'new' stuff, you may have a harder time---Everyone wants that stuff (and everyone generally knows more about the 'new' stuff)---Absolute auctions, bankruptcy sales, some one you know about that 'has to get rid of it', by chance (because, no one else is there)--those type of circumstances for getting those types of items
 

1. What are some tips for finding valuable items at garage/yard sales?

Some tips for finding valuable items at garage/yard sales include arriving early, doing your research beforehand, and looking for unique or uncommon items. It can also be helpful to negotiate prices and be willing to walk away if the price is too high.

2. How can I determine the authenticity and value of items I find at a garage/yard sale?

To determine the authenticity and value of items, you can do some research online or consult with an expert in a specific field. It can also be helpful to look for any identifying marks or signatures on the item and compare it to similar items that have sold at auction or through reputable sellers.

3. Are there any items that are commonly undervalued or overlooked at garage/yard sales?

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4. What are some red flags to watch out for when purchasing items at garage/yard sales?

Some red flags to watch out for include overly inflated prices, items that are damaged or in poor condition, and sellers who are unwilling to negotiate. It is also important to be cautious of items that seem too good to be true or are being sold without any background information.

5. How can I ensure that I am purchasing safe and legal items at garage/yard sales?

To ensure that you are purchasing safe and legal items, it is important to be aware of any regulations or restrictions in your area. This can include laws regarding the sale of firearms or hazardous materials. It is also a good idea to thoroughly inspect items for any potential safety hazards before making a purchase.

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