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Old 03-20-2013, 13:22   #1
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Someone hit the 'super bowl' the other day.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/20/busine...tml?hpt=hp_bn1

I love to browse garage sales and stuff.
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Old 03-20-2013, 14:36   #2
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I go to yard sales and estate sales a lot. I'm always looking for that one item.

I had pretty good luck finding watches and selling them on eBay for several years. I would go to a sale and if the people were old folks I would ask if they had any old watches laying around. About twenty percent of the time they would say "sure, up in my drawer in my bedroom. Got some that don't run anymore" or "my husband died and if you want his watches you can have them". Never paid very much but the repair parts were getting to be harder and harder to find and expensive. If the repair was beyond my ability I had a retired watchmaker I knew who would do the work for next to nothing. He has since died.

I'm currently into old pocket knives and guns. Not selling the guns though.
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Old 03-20-2013, 14:53   #3
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I bought a small signed Tiffany vase for $2 and sold it for $500 a few months ago. The deals are out there.
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Old 03-20-2013, 18:22   #4
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I won the Mexican lottery! I get a dollar a year for a million years! Cool.
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Old 03-20-2013, 18:28   #5
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We found on original Gustav Stickley ashtray for 25 cents years ago. They were going for somewhere in the area of $800 when the market was hot. Still in the $500 area... HH
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Old 03-20-2013, 18:52   #6
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found a few good finds . best one so far . a TIM Scruggs pool cue .years ago at yard sale in a beat up case . gave couple bucks for it . i had it appraised at 5,000 . still got it . not a makr on it and i knew what it was when i found it . got a few custom cues

louie v purse wife bought for 4 bucks , i thought it was a fake , nope worth bout 800 bucks .
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Old 03-20-2013, 19:00   #7
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Where are the guys that say the pawn shops are rip offs?
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Old 03-20-2013, 19:18   #8
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I saw a YouTube the other day about a disabled,broke guy that had a Navaho blanket. He took it to an auctioneer and they thought $300k. It went for $1.6 mil.
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Old 03-20-2013, 19:27   #9
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I go to yard sales and estate sales a lot. I'm always looking for that one item.

I had pretty good luck finding watches and selling them on eBay for several years. I would go to a sale and if the people were old folks I would ask if they had any old watches laying around. About twenty percent of the time they would say "sure, up in my drawer in my bedroom. Got some that don't run anymore" or "my husband died and if you want his watches you can have them". Never paid very much but the repair parts were getting to be harder and harder to find and expensive. If the repair was beyond my ability I had a retired watchmaker I knew who would do the work for next to nothing. He has since died.

I'm currently into old pocket knives and guns. Not selling the guns though.
On a forum I used to go to, this guy found a hand wound Vacheron Constantin and got it for $1k
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I have a couple of Dinged bowls. I must be a gagillionaire!
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Old 03-20-2013, 20:10   #11
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Where are the guys that say the pawn shops are rip offs?
A single good find doesn't make up for the piles of crap most have for sale.
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Old 03-20-2013, 20:23   #12
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I've made a few good finds in Pawn Shops.

MacBook for $150.
HiPoint 9mm with broken mag retention spring $75.00
Dell Lattitude 6400 with warranty $150.
Lots more.
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