This was my girl L’s first yard sale trip with me. It was pretty awesome. We were a brand new couple and so you had that excitement of that coupled with the thrill of treasure hunting with someone you’re crushing on. Very cool day, and I’ll remember it forever. The find of the day, and the one that brought the most excitement was the Winnie the Pooh calendar plates. When I found out they were worth ~$150, I looked over at L and mouthed “OH MY GOD!” We had a moment of shared excitement. I ended up getting the entire set for $19. We got a kick out of this Extraterrestrial Corn Chips poster.
I was laying in bed one Friday night. Before I drifted off to sleep, I figured I would check Craigslist for the heck of it to see what was out there. I run across this insane looking post with a TON of Legos. From the thumbnail I could already tell there were Star Wars sets involved. The guy had put in the post that he would be having a yardsale to get rid of all of them at 5 a.m. I set my alarm for 4:30. 4:30 comes early. I jump out of bed, throw my clothes on, and dial in my GPS on his location. I had just purchased the Yard Sale wagon the previous week. I get to the guy's house, and I'm greeted with the sight above. I could hardly contain my excitement. I ended up getting the ENTIRE lot for $600. I made an incredible profit on this lot and it is easily my favorite find ever.
I met a guy named Robert through Craigslist. He was cleaning out his garage and ran across a ton of vintage toys from his childhood. I pulled up to his house and followed him to a detached garage behind his house. As I got closer I could see a lot of toys placed on his garage floor. I ended up buying everything he had.
Found ALL of this from one seller on Craigslist one late night. They had $450 on the lot, I offered $250. She accepted. The next day I got off work and drove 2 hours to Galatin, Tennessee to pick them up. When I got there, they told me that someone had offered $500 if they would let them come pick them up right then. They held the lot for me and allowed me to take it all home for $250. The couple were very nice and standup people, and I hope they are doing well. Apparently the figures belonged to her father and he had left them to her. She just wanted them gone. Needless to say, I came out ahead on this lot by a mile. I couldn’t part with the 18″ Eric Draven and the two Hellraiser figures, I still have them to this day.
One of my favorite finds ever, and I am SO INCREDIBLY proud that I bought professional lighting BEFORE I took the pictures of this set. These pictures helped the final selling price by at least +30%. I bought all of these figurines from one guy on Craigslist for $50. FIFTY DOLLARS. He said his daughter and wife hated them so he had to get rid of them. I ended up making more than 10 times my money in profit from this haul. Still to this day one of my favorite finds ever. I still think the Spooky Town haul was my favorite. The lot had Clive Barker’s Tortured Souls, Alice in Wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are, Akira, and Spawn. I also found this sweet Halo Reach elite statue on Craigslist that I nearly doubled my money on.
HUGE HUGE score on this day. So I pull up to this old couple sitting outside their garage with tables set up. As I approach, I see boxes. ALWAYS an attention getter. Boxes mean money. I quickly realize that this old couple is getting rid of all of their Halloween decorations… like all of them. The husband must have told his wife to get rid of all that Halloween crap because everything was on the table. So I begin researching what is up with these Spooky Town houses and quickly realize two things: 1) they don’t make these anymore and 2) they are valuable. I ask the wife what she wants for them. $15 for the small ones $30 for the big ones. I ended up getting the entire Halloween lot for $60. The find of the day was “The Wheel of Horror” ferriswheel. It alone sold for $300 + shipping. Still to this day it is the best find I’ve had.