I’m presenting all my yard sale and Craigslist finds from 2016 (thus far) in one post. I am hoping to get some actual video of me exploring yard sales soon and upload to the site. I enjoy just going around and poking through people’s possessions and I think it’ll make for some pretty interesting footage. It may not, but I’m going to put it out there anyways. I’ll also be starting to post product reviews, especially of things that I find at yard sales. All of this will be available on this site and on my Youtube channel Quick and Dirty. My favorite find from 2016 so far are the Winnie the Pooh plate calendar, and I’ll explain why here.
In this post, we’ll be examining how to spot a recarded action figure. Now, this seems completely obvious to me now, but at the time I was inexperienced and had dollar signs in my eyes and bought on impulse. If I could give you one major buying tip it would be this: Take your time to fully examine and evaluate the item that you are looking at. So much of the time I have found myself rushing the sale, only to get it home and it either be fake or have damage that I didn’t originally spot. Let’s examine some recarded action figures, shall we? I apologize in advance for the terrible pictures, these were taken on my Thunderbolt smart phone many moons ago. The first thing that the discerning eye should notice is the upper left price tag area. It is blank. This is the first indication that the figure is a recard. It’s too pristine. The card also has an unpunched hang tag. Another red flag. While not always an indication of a fake, the fact that the figure has separated from the card is another concern. The next DEAD giveaway is the blister or the bubble. It does not line up at all with the original card outline. Here is a shot of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It is sooo obvious that he is a repack or recard. Look at the damage on his knuckles. The only way he’d ever have damage like that is if he was removed from the package, played with, and then returned to his bubble. These are a few examples of TERRIBLE recarded action figures. DO NOT BE DUPED! I keep these on my wall in my mail room to serve as a reminder to slow down, examine, and scrutinize before I buy. Good luck!
This is where the eBay rejects come to die. Every year at the end of the yard sale season, I`ll hold a liquidation sale. Anything that doesn`t sell gets donated directly to Goodwill. Last years liquidation sale was fairly successful, I believe I ended up making around $150 or $200 just on the leftovers. Additional pics of a Craigslist Star Wars haul included in the gallery view. The find of the day was the Tickle Me Elmo doll brand new in the box. WIN!
I bought several of the Star Wars Episode 7 action figures thinking that there would be more demand than there was. When I researched eBay, the Ezra Bridger unmasked figures were going for $30 or more each. I still have not sold any of them to this day. This retail haul was a complete bust. Bonus pictures of the ULTIMATE LEGO HAUL shipping boxes.
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.
Didn’t do too well on the Star Wars figures. I think after all fees and shipping I only ended up breaking even. However, I paid $50 for the Lego lot and ended up selling it to someone overseas for $180 + shipping. Here is a video of the Lego lot.