There were no estate sale this week worth going to but I won some cool things at auction! Check them out below 🙂
This is a 1970 Diving Helmet ice cooler. I love the look and the fact that its vintage. I have wanted one of these since I first saw one a few years ago.
This wooden box was a happy surprise for me as it came in a box lot I won at the auction. It was emptied out of whatever old meter thing was in there and just this awesomely beautiful wooden box was left. Perfect to sit on a shelf and use as a shadow box. I love the industrial look it has and the fact that the glass in uncracked and it has the cool white metal “frame” still inside the glass, I am having a love affair with this box clearly, lol.
I saw this small metal pilot bust at the auction and thought he had a cool look to him so I bid. No one else wanted him so I won 🙂
These 4 pages are part of a 1920’s scrapbook I won. I simply bid on it because of these car pages which I fell in love with for some reason. They are magazine cutouts and then whoever glued them inside the book painted the car names underneath. I like how the white pating kind of yellowed, that way you can tell these are old:) I was thinking about framing them and putting them up for sale. I think they would look cool hanging on a wall.
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For this week I purchased a whole bin full of ninja turtles and a few other random actions figures from an estate sale. I’ve done well with vintage ninja turtles before so I knew if they weren’t too expensive, I should grab them. They are in good shape too, weren’t dirty at all, which is rare for 20 year old action figures. These are destined for ebay unless someone contacts me prior to make a deal. I am willing to negotiate on price because I am short on time.
I found these 12 press photographs at an antique store. All airplanes, some really cool images. I love black and white photos. I have also had press photos before and did extremely well with them. And by extremely well, I mean, I purchased an whole box at a regular old yard sale for $20 and ended up making $1000 or so. But I had some real gems in there.. Kennedy, Woodstock, Nazis, St Valentines Day Massacre, Prohibition, just to name a few. I kind of wish I had held on to a few of them, they would have only gained value. But alas, on to the next deal. . .
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For those of you wondering what it takes to hunt down the best deals on Saturdays, this post is for you.
It begins with searching through all the Craigslist ads for garage sales in my target areas on Friday. This can take a while if there are a lot, which there were this weekend. I pick out all the sales I want to go to and email them to myself. I then use MapQuest to make my yard sale route. There are many factors which go into making the route. Many sales have different start times although most begin at 8am some don’t start until Noon. The most important thing to do is figure out where to go first, and how early. This is part luck and part experience. If you know things to look for in craigslist ads, you know what to avoid as well. I also recognize dealers addresses trying to pass off their yard sales as estate sales so I know not to go there. I factor in all the start times which sometimes, including this week means I have to circle back due to late start takes. This is very frustrating. When I am finally done making the MapQuest route, I copy and paste the addresses and print them. From there I double check late Friday night again to see what new sales are listed. There are always late posters on Friday night. I pen those in on my printed list, if they are worth going to. I also pen in start and end times as well a a few key words to remind me what it is and what I am looking for.
All of this takes a few hours but there is no avoiding it and in the end the extra work pays off. This is what the final product looks like before I go to bed. Which I am going to now. Goodnight.
I am sorry for the delay in the past few weeks on my updates. Life is crazy right now. I suppose it always is to some degree, but I just haven’t had any free time.
I have many posts to share for the past several weeks. Lots of new and fun things I have found on my many yard sale hunts. Every week it’s something different than the previous weeks finds. This is what makes my job so fun and I am so very thankful that I am able to do what I love and only pray that I am able to continue to do so for man years to come.
So I will start out with several old grade school composition books. These are neat to look through as all but one has writing inside from a first grader. One of the books is dated to, I believe, 1910 but I am not sure if they are all that old. Either way, really neat little books for $1 each.
Next I would like to share this large brass scale I purchased for $20. Neat scale, not 100% sure what it was used for. Seems big to be pharmaceutical which many of these scales were for. I guess it could be, but more research needs to be done on this.
I purchased this Pachislo Skill Stop Slot Machine with a Cat Theme at a yard sale in the morning for $50. Works good and is a lot of fun with music and lights and LED animation. It also has the manual, door key to get inside and about a hundred tokens. It has about 6 difference skill stop settings so you can start easy if you want and then switch it to hard mode. I’m going to have some fun with this before selling but it is for sale if anyone is interested in purchasing 🙂