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    Garage Sale Hunting! Tips, Hints and Advice

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

    Andrewconnors9 - xbox generation 1, controller plus all cords - 25$






    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:

    Last edited by andrewconnors9; 04-16-2014 at 02:32 PM. Reason: added in some vintage/collectible doll websites

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    found a rather interesting place to pick over the weekend.

    Goodwill outlets. We have three around indy. It's pretty crazy. They have a large warehouse that hold these large bins on wheels. About the size of a dining room table. Every two hours they pull all of the bins and bring out new ones. They do this every day of the week. It's all stuff that didn't sell at the regular Goodwill stores within 6 weeks of being placed. It can get pretty crazy as there are people rummaging through the bins once they set them in place. I didn't see any arguments or anything but people can get aggressive. It's completely hit or miss. I went over the weekend a few times and picked up some decent stuff. Old fisher price toys, a sega genesis, an old fishing tackle box and other odds and ends. They sell the stuff by the pound and at the one I was at the main stuff went for 59˘ per pound and glass was 29˘ I think.

    I also saw a lot of decent stuff that other people had in their carts. It just depends where you pick to start and what's in the bin. Take gloves. lol

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    I have 3 goodwill and 2 salvation army stores I hit about once a week.You would be AMAZED what people give to them to be resold.Everyone knows the Earl Weaver gane authentic jersey story and that always keeps me looking.You will never know what you can find


    Quote Originally Posted by Star_Cards View Post
    found a rather interesting place to pick over the weekend.

    Goodwill outlets. We have three around indy. It's pretty crazy. They have a large warehouse that hold these large bins on wheels. About the size of a dining room table. Every two hours they pull all of the bins and bring out new ones. They do this every day of the week. It's all stuff that didn't sell at the regular Goodwill stores within 6 weeks of being placed. It can get pretty crazy as there are people rummaging through the bins once they set them in place. I didn't see any arguments or anything but people can get aggressive. It's completely hit or miss. I went over the weekend a few times and picked up some decent stuff. Old fisher price toys, a sega genesis, an old fishing tackle box and other odds and ends. They sell the stuff by the pound and at the one I was at the main stuff went for 59˘ per pound and glass was 29˘ I think.

    I also saw a lot of decent stuff that other people had in their carts. It just depends where you pick to start and what's in the bin. Take gloves. lol
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  4. #113
    you should check out a goodwill outlet if you have one around you. it's an interesting experience even if you fail to find anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wickabee View Post
    I sold the smallest tufting picture for $60. Getting offers of $200-$350 on the largest. Size seems to be a major determining factors in the value of these.
    The medium one sold, still have the big one. It seems only a handful of people are into them, but if it's bigger that 10x10 and it's less than $50, grab it.

  6. #115
    Quote Originally Posted by Wickabee View Post
    The medium one sold, still have the big one. It seems only a handful of people are into them, but if it's bigger that 10x10 and it's less than $50, grab it.
    did you post pictures of these? Not exactly sure what they are.

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    I had 3 of these, the two smaller ones sold for $60 and $75 (size matters, like I said). This is the biggest of the three:


    Here's a second picture to show the texture. You'll notice it's a shadowbox setup:


    It's an old Native art form practiced byt tribes in Northern Canada and the prairies. They take a bunch of moosehair, tie it through whatever they were decorating (usually clothing) leaving the longer ends on the outside and then sculpt the tuft with scissors. It's an all but dead art form that's starting to make a comeback. There aren't many collectors, but some of them have deeeeeeeeeeeep pockets when they see what they want (according to research, anyway) so you just have to find the right buyer. This one is on eBay at $450obo and it's getting decent traffic.

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    interesting. I doubt I'll run across any of this medium in my area, but always good to learn about a new item to watch out for.

    What did you pay for these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star_Cards View Post
    interesting. I doubt I'll run across any of this medium in my area, but always good to learn about a new item to watch out for.

    What did you pay for these?
    I inherited them. Actually, my mother in law did, but she hates them, so gave them to me to do with what I please. This is one of those things that, if you come across one, it's probably gone on a bit of a journey. The thing about these is 95% of people don't know what they are and just think they're nice. That other 5% value these pretty highly as there aren't a ton out there, and very few are picking up the art form. Basically, you're right, you'll probably never come across one of these. If you do, however, don't just pass it by as something "nice".

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    I go visit my brother in Alaska a lot. I'll have to look for this art form popping up out there when I go to galleries and such.

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