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    Garage Sale Hunting! Tips, Hints and Advice

    BEST FIND OF THE YEAR (2014): updated as the season goes on

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    So I know I'm not the only one who loves the start of garage sale season, so just looking for some info on things to really watch for at garage sales.

    I know the obvious ones, like silver, can produce a nice profit, but what else should u keep an eye for antique wise? Certain brand names, etc., types of cutlery, dishes, mugs, cups, bottles, whatever! any info helps

    THanks all! We can help each other out this way for sure!


    Duane1969:

    This site is great for info on authentication of old stuff. I found my info on Sevres bowl there. It is a great source. I have them bookmarked on my Android so I can quickly pull them up and look for info on old glass and porcelain if I am at a sale or auction.


    http://www.oldandsold.com/


    #1. FOR SILVER: (got this information off a forum for what to look for when you are hunting for silver items)

    - this is basically a guide for sterling silver:

    For Silver (tips on what’s real sterling silver):
    1)It is marked Sterling
    2) It is marked 925 (few exceptions such as 800 950 etc
    3) If it is not marked sterling, than it isn't sterling, plain and simple.
    4) If it has a felt bottom, it's not sterling
    5) If someone recently pulled a sticker off of it, it's not sterling
    6) If it's marked german silver, or nickel silver, it's not silver
    7) If it's after 1964 (coins) it's not silver
    8) If it has Chinese writing on it, it's probably not silver.
    9) If it's Pewter, it doesn't have any silver in it.
    10) If it's marked "Weighted" it is probably silver.

    #2. Old Porcelian (anything vintage looking)

    - duane1969 "The key to value on anything like porcelain or crystal is condition. Chips, cracks, scuffs, etc. all diminish value considerably"

    Certain Brands to watch for:

    - Sevres (1800's)

    Example:





    #3. TOYS

    One website I found that gives a few easy to find toys that can turn small but quick profits (buying at 1 - 3$, selling for 20$+)

    http://amanda108.hubpages.com/hub/Re...-At-Yard-Sales



    #4. BOOKS

    One website I found that gives a few very valuable books to keep an eye for (1st editions of common books we all know)

    http://www.blifaloo.com/info/rare_books.php

    Top 100 most valuable books

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/jan/19/news


    Courtesy theonedru:

    Here is a great site for books. It also has an online instant book appraiser where you enter the basic information and it can give you an approx low/high value for most books

    the main page
    http://pbagalleries.com/

    Instant book appraiser
    http://pbagalleries.com/bibliobot/?P...bb2de3a6693b39




    #5. ANTIQUES/COLLECTIBLES

    Great site with some videos on different types of antiques to watch for at garage sales (cameras, vintage books, comics, costume jewellry, etc.)

    http://www.ehow.com/videos-on_4452_g...-antiques.html

    Another great site with LOTS of info on all various antique/collectible items

    http://wildchild1962.hubpages.com/hu...-find-antiques



    #6. 80's WWF WRESTLING

    - I was told recently to keep your eyes open for anything WWF from the 80's or earlier. Can usually pick up cheap and easily swing for a few bucks. Alot of collectors of this stuff especially figurines. Even VHS are worth grabbing if you find them for 0.50$ - 1$.




    ****Some Very Useful Information from POLAMALU43FAVRE04


    I'm mainly looking for records and video games but have made good money with Mugs vintage dunkin' donuts travel mugs sell pretty good, also look for fire king (milk glass mugs) mainly the ones with ads on them (even if it's a local store's ad on it) they often sell for $100-200 unless they're common ones, as well as the green (jadite) ones. vintage electronics are great too (calculators, vintage sony stuff sells easily as well)

    there are some other milk glass companies (Federal, Glasbake etc..) but they don't sell as well as Fire-King, I pick them up anyway when I find some for $1 or less and will sell them in bulk some day.


    Can tell a Fire King from the bottom:




    In Exemple :

    a rarer fire king one :
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...vip=true&rt=nc

    sony discman :
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...vip=true&rt=nc

    vintage HP Calc.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...vip=true&rt=nc


    will let you guys know when I get good deals! and looking forward to reading you guys!


    edit : oh ya forgot about vintage heye puzzles and Puzz 3-D too

    here is one I had paid $1 and I recently sold for quite a good profit
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Napo-Happy-J...item337298c33b

    **Update from polamalu43favre04:

    just found out this morning that the Godfather 1902-1952 Complete Epic 3 VHS Box-Set is very valuable, I would have never picked that up even for $2 haha

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...vip=true&rt=nc

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...vip=true&rt=nc


    **Another update from polamalu43favre04:

    Something else to look for, vintage Levi's jeans (1971 and prior will usually have a big "E" in LEVI'S on the small red tag)

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...vip=true&rt=nc


    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...vip=true&rt=nc


    this one has patches and stains and still sold well
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...vip=true&rt=nc




    cardbuyer66 request for Vintage/Collectible Dolls:

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    I only go to garage/yard sales occasionally. I watch for old porcelian. I stumbled across a piece at a yard sale last year that I picked up for $5. I didn't know what I had at the time but it turned out to be made by the first French porcelain maker to be authorized by King Louis XV to make porcelain. It is circa 1830, made by Sevres.

    I haven't had it appraised yet but other pieces that I have found by the maker sell for anywhere between several hundred dollars up to $10,000, depending on rarity and condition. Small pieces like tea cups and saucers sell for a few hundred while larger and more rare pieces sell for $1000 and up. I have yet to find any of the bowls like mine so I am hopeful that it is pretty rare.

    The key to value on anything like porcelain or crystal is condition. Chips, cracks, scuffs, etc. all diminish value considerably.




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    I'm going to love this thread. I've always wanted to learn more about what to look for.
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    When I go I look for something cheap that I can sell for more and quick...my friend pick up 2 gym bags full of paintball guns, air, balls (there were a total of 4 guns with accessories and hundreds of balls). He paid $25 for both bags and ended up selling all of it for close to $500 in a week using ebay.

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    That porcelain bowl is amazing!! And pghin for sure man, we might as well all help each other out across North America :). I will continue to update the original post with any information people donate to this thread
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    Updated OP with Sevres pics and some Sterling Silver information I found
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    This site is great for info on authentication of old stuff. I found my info on Sevres bowl there. It is a great source. I have them bookmarked on my Android so I can quickly pull them up and look for info on old glass and porcelain if I am at a sale or auction.

    http://www.oldandsold.com/

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    Added to OP! :) thanks! this will def come in handy with my iPhone!!
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    I stickied this and modified the title a bit so that anyone who might be interested in the subject can find this thread.

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    Awesome thanks! :) I'm going to continue researching on my downtime and add anything significant I can find
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