….but I bought anyway.
Yard sale season has finally started here in CO. Late spring storms have put a cramp on things during the month, but the sun has finally come out. I begged the Mrs. to throw the kids in the van yesterday morning and check out some advertised sales. After conceding that I’d help with breakfast and the laundry, we were on our way.
We hit a few sales that were pretty blah. Sometimes I wonder why people even bother to have a sale. You show up and they want eBay prices for dollar store material. Sales like that frustrate me, especially when the signs say “Huge Sale” or “Estate Sale” and it’s really just a bunch of Chinese crap. And the Chinese make (and we buy) a lot of crap.
There was a sale not advertised on the main roads. We were headed from one place to another and there was a solitary sign for an estate sale on one of the side roads.
It was a score. I wasn’t looking for things for me, as we are trying to move, but I was looking for things to flip, as we are in the hole in a bad way at the moment. Here’s the rundown:
Elk Mount – $10.00. It’s an older mount, but I couldn’t say no for $10. Worse comes to worse, I’ll knock off the antlers, save the glass eyes, throw away the mount and sell the antlers for $30. I’ve currently got it on craigslist for $125, though I doubt I’ll touch that number. We had fun getting it in the van. The youngest wasn’t fond of this guy at all. It’s hard being my kid.
James Swan Co. Auger bits – $5.00. I took a chance on this one. The box looked old and the augers are in good shape. Looks like they’ll fetch quite a bit more than I paid on eBay.
Valor Esso Blue oil can – $2.00. There was an estate sale tag on it for $25.00. I asked the guy and he said $2.00. I put it on eBay and got a hit for $15.00 within the hour. Not bad.
Assorted traps – $5.00. I got five traps in a box for $5.00. All but one are made by Victor, so, not worth much. One is a Triumph 315-x, which immediately bid up to $50.00 when I put it on eBay. It’s a single spring. If it was a double spring, it would be worth hundreds. I’ll take what I can get. I’ll keep the Victors for myself. If there are any pessimists reading, buy some traps. When the collapse happens, they will hunt for you when you’re not there.
Stuffed Pheasant – $2.00. I’m not sure it’s worth anything, but I think it’s cool and that’s worth the $2.00. I’ll get it on eBay eventually. Looks like they’re getting about $20.00 on auction.
Various Ford Mustang Items – $10.00 per box (2 boxes). To me, this was risky. The guy was obviously a Mustang enthusiast. I got a box full of manuals and buyer’s guides and a box full of 1:18 scale models and other models still in the box. In the mix was a five book set of Ford manuals from 1969. They immediately hit for $20.00 on eBay, so I’m at least covered on my losses for that batch.
All in all, I’m already up by about $30.00. That’s better odds than going to the casino. More fun, too. I’m hoping to make more off of this batch, but if not, I’ll hit the sales again next weekend.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel…out.