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#1 slowdive21

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 03:01 AM

Threads of Years Past:
Official 2005 Yard Sale Thread
Official 2006 Yard Sale Thread
Official 2007 Yard Sale Thread
Official 2008 Yard Sale Thread
Official 2009 Yard Sale Thread
Official 2010 Yard Sale Thread



Post your haul with pics!

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 03:02 AM

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 03:51 AM

I was just wondering today when someone was going to start this. Not that I've gone out since a week or two before Thanksgiving =P

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 09:07 PM

I'll have to reconstruct my sick estate sale pick-up from the week before Christmas once I get done liquidating most of it. Some snipers got there an hour before me and picked up about a dozen games--judging from what was left behind I'm certain they snagged a Lunar Eternal Blue + Silver Star Story and probably a Star Ocean the 2nd Story.

If you're curious, here's some of the items I scored and that went right back out the door:

Guides
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Final Fantasy Tactics A2
Star Ocean 2
Final Fantasy 12 LE

Artbook
Trigun (Japanese Import)

Games
Monster Rancher 2
Gradius 5

I paid about $10 for the guides (stack of 18) and $60 for everything else. In with the games I also picked up goodies like Breath of Fire 4 (disc only, with guide), Zone of Enders the 2nd Runner, Pokemon Red Version, about five-ish video game soundtracks (including Final Fantasy X, hack. sign, Zone of Enders, Lunar 2 Eternal Blue, Grandia 2) about $15 bucks worth of screamo music flips, Puni Puni Poemy DVD, Legend of Zelda Windwaker Strategy Guide for the collection (yes!), a Phantom Brave guide, a Sega Gamegear w/ battery expansion and 3 games, just too much to list.

Oh wait, there's more:
Monster Hunter (Brady Guide) - Flipped to NorAm for $11
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Longbox
Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh - Minty discs. I actually didn't like this game once I tried it out, so I sent my scratched up copy (bought for $10 elsewhere) back to Goodwill and sold the good one to cut some of my losses.
Diablo 1 and 2 Complete with both expansions.
Berserk Manga 1-3 (Nice! These are good reads)

Okay, maybe $200+ worth of stuff when all is said and done. This sale wasn't all gravy though because they were somewhat disorganized with lots of empty cases and a binder full of PS2 games (which upon closer inspection were furnished by Memorex). I got suckered on a PC case which I thought was Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars for PC but turned out to be an unusable Pre-order deal. Gotta have a keen eye for this sort of thing!
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:44 PM

Happy New Year! Good luck to all for 2011.

I'm already longing for rummage. Right now, its 10 degrees outside in WI. It will be 5 months before sales before sales kick in.

My total for my video find from last June was close to $900 in sales value:

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I sold 2 $50 ones near the holidays. I have some left but I figure they won't sell.

My original post is here:
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 08:35 PM

Happy New Year! Good luck to all for 2011.

I'm already longing for rummage. Right now, its 10 degrees outside in WI. It will be 5 months before sales before sales kick in.

My total for my video find from last June was close to $900 in sales value:

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I sold 2 $50 ones near the holidays. I have some left but I figure they won't sell.

My original post is here:
http://www.cheapassg...=248036&page=29


I had a lot of surprising sales over the holidays too; however I'll say you take the cake pulling in that much from VHS :)
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 08:44 PM

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 09:14 PM

Sold one of those (single) Pilates DVDs for $15 on amazon.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 05:16 PM

Yeah, its gonna be a while before I start reporting finds here since the sales don't start until April or May here and don't really go full force until after Memorial Day.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 03:34 PM

Sold one of those (single) Pilates DVDs for $15 on amazon.


Was this a Winsor Pilates? I find that stuff I set aside in June is more valuable on Amazon in Dec-Jan.

I sold 8 of the 3-disc sets in the last 2 months (at an ave. of $26). I buy them through the year and dump them in Dec-Jan.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:37 AM

Yup! This one:

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Edit: mine was used form a G-sale.



I would like to add I am addicted to the show "Storage Wars" about storage space auctions. I wanted to get into those, but now everyone will be there.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:28 AM

My cousin is into that and he makes good money, I know I wouldn't be any good at it though.

I do love those storage, pawn shop, antique shop, reseller-type shows. Sure are a lot of them cropping up, makes sense what with the economy I guess.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:14 AM

this thread motivated me to go yard saling this saturday. i have a car now and will be able to get to more sales than i did via bike.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:04 PM

Auction Hunters is another show like Storage Wars. I actually heard about it as somebody was telling me about an Atari that was mentioned on it (S1E4 Strated For Cash).

It seems as if it's always Atari 2600 on any of these types of shows and I figure because it was the first really popular home console system.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:52 PM

Last I checked, my 2600 with box is like 10% of that. But my box looks like it was taken out of a dumpster.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:59 AM

haha no yard sales here til at least May or April :(

i love reading these threads and what people find.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:41 AM

It sucks I barely got out at all last year. Would like to go this year a bit more but I've honestly started to grow bored of some of it all.
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:07 AM

Auction Hunters is another show like Storage Wars. I actually heard about it as somebody was telling me about an Atari that was mentioned on it (S1E4 Strated For Cash).

It seems as if it's always Atari 2600 on any of these types of shows and I figure because it was the first really popular home console system.

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I remember seeing a hefty price like that on Pawn Stars or the like for a working Atari console with 40 games. I think for pricing like that they just assume that they can jack up every pennied out game up to $4 and that they can get a premium if they can show the customer it's working...other than that they can let the bundle sit until the right middle-aged collector with a padded wallet comes along.

I actually know a guy like this who's into the Atari stuff; where I can get something like $20 for systems of unknown virtue and $1.50-$2 for cart fodder, no questions asked. Makes him happy because he gets stuff at 50-60% of what he's used to paying, makes me happy because the local market for this stuff is more like 5-10% :drool:
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:26 AM

And my .Hack Sign Original Soundtrack 2 is a bootleg from Taiwan, made by a company called Alion International. Very educational and hard-to-detectable, but unfortunately not sell-able.

Still got my health, skills, and a tidy $80 profit so far. Looking forward to the spring thaw!
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 05:52 PM

I would like to add I am addicted to the show "Storage Wars" about storage space auctions. I wanted to get into those, but now everyone will be there.


I need to check this show out--this seems like a real adventure. My wife told me about an NPR story about this a while back . . . you can here the story here:

http://www.npr.org/t...oryId=104521902

I don't think I could handle doing storage space auctions . . . I don't have the room or time for so much ebay-type stuff. I've been doing some basement cleaning . . . damn I have a bunch of systems to unload.

In one box I found a nice Platinum GBA SP that I just unloaded for $44 and a copy of Metroid Fusion that went for over $10. I cherry picked from the best of my left over rummage and sold off most stuff on Amazon during the holiday blitz . . . so its amazing to find stuff that I forgot I even had.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 08:14 PM

Auction Hunters is another show like Storage Wars. I actually heard about it as somebody was telling me about an Atari that was mentioned on it (S1E4 Strated For Cash).

It seems as if it's always Atari 2600 on any of these types of shows and I figure because it was the first really popular home console system.

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I believe there was a specific model of Atari 2600 that was worth some money a while ago called the Darth Vader model. It was a six switch one with a black faceplate on the front of it that says Atari 2600 on it. I think I had the more common four switch model when I was a kid, which I sold off to some kids in the one housing project while visiting a buddy of mine's one nephew with him about 15 years ago.:cry:

At least I'm hoping it was the more common 4 switch model and not the DV model.:bomb: Then again I dumpster dived like 90-95% of the games I had for it from a garbage can when the kids around here were leaving the local university for summer break. They used to leave piles of clothes in bags at the curb as well. Most of them still had tags on them.:roll:

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 12:26 AM

Well, I ended up passing out drunk in my car at 3 AM last night, so no yard saling today.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 03:42 AM

I believe there was a specific model of Atari 2600 that was worth some money a while ago called the Darth Vader model. It was a six switch one with a black faceplate on the front of it that says Atari 2600 on it. I think I had the more common four switch model when I was a kid, which I sold off to some kids in the one housing project while visiting a buddy of mine's one nephew with him about 15 years ago.:cry:

At least I'm hoping it was the more common 4 switch model and not the DV model.:bomb: Then again I dumpster dived like 90-95% of the games I had for it from a garbage can when the kids around here were leaving the local university for summer break. They used to leave piles of clothes in bags at the curb as well. Most of them still had tags on them.:roll:


I had one of those...I may have given it to a friend for his b-day about 10 years ago when video games weren't collectible, yet were still cool to own. I'll have to check my Atari stash.


On a side note...My brother and I both had Atari Club jackets that we had to mail away for back in the day. They are probably worth hundreds now. I think my mom donated them in the mid to late 90s. They were bright Silver windbreakers with lining and Adidas style stripes on the arms and an Atari logo on the chest.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 08:08 PM

I would like to add I am addicted to the show "Storage Wars" about storage space auctions. I wanted to get into those, but now everyone will be there.


There is a Storage Wars marathon tonite. I managed to catch an on-demand episode (Time-Warner cable). Pretty good stuff . . . the one I saw had the midget with the stilts. How on earth did the guy get a storage locker with a mini-car?? The guy buying $20,000 worth of kitchen equipment for $2600 was pretty good . . . in that case you could see the value right away.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 03:18 AM

There is a Storage Wars marathon tonite. I managed to catch an on-demand episode (Time-Warner cable). Pretty good stuff . . . the one I saw had the midget with the stilts. How on earth did the guy get a storage locker with a mini-car?? The guy buying $20,000 worth of kitchen equipment for $2600 was pretty good . . . in that case you could see the value right away.


I watched a few episodes of that show and I think a lot of the "finds" were planted. In one of the episodes I watched, the guy who never changes his outfit (Jared, I think... the guy in the JNCO shorts with the "Outlaw" shirt) bought a locker he thought was a flop. It was filled with a dirty couch, several empty shoe boxes, some old food, rat poop and... a safe from the 1900s that was gold plated. Um, no. There's no reason that safe would be in that locker. The only explanation is that it was planted by the show's producers. It just stuck out like a sore thumb and did not fit in that locker in any sense.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 03:38 AM

I watched a few episodes of that show and I think a lot of the "finds" were planted. In one of the episodes I watched, the guy who never changes his outfit (Jared, I think... the guy in the JNCO shorts with the "Outlaw" shirt) bought a locker he thought was a flop. It was filled with a dirty couch, several empty shoe boxes, some old food, rat poop and... a safe from the 1900s that was gold plated. Um, no. There's no reason that safe would be in that locker. The only explanation is that it was planted by the show's producers. It just stuck out like a sore thumb and did not fit in that locker in any sense.


I don't think they plant stuff...The show is scripted though. That locker was in Inglewood. Most likely it was either broken into or the renter cleaned it out knowing they were not going to pay the rental bill. In either case anything of value was already removed, except for the safe because of the weight (Or the person that cleaned it out was not aware the safe was worth anything).

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 10:47 PM

i watched most of the marathon of storage wars last night and defintely like the show, its very scripted though like pawn stars and american pickers

Had a good haul yesterday, went to two different swap meets and a couple pawn shops.

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NES + 2 controllers and these 11 games:
SMB/DH
Pinball
Wrestlemania Challenge
Super Pitfall
TMNT
Bases Loaded II
Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures 2
Stinger
TMNT Arcade Game
Days of Thunder

$8 total. This was at the swap meet on the reservation, would've been gone in a second and priced more at the other swap meet.

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Spyro: Ripto's Rage - $1 Dirty as hell but should be fine when I replace the case
Contra Hard Corps - $2
Super Mario World - $2
Super Metroid - $5
TI-83 Plus Calculator - $3
Leapster game (sealed) - $2

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$23 total for all the Xbox games and Luigi's Mansion pictured above, none of them have manuals.

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$20 for everything above, GBC game is oracle of seasons. one KOTOR doesn't have the manual.

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$5 ea for Psychonauts and Ninja Gaiden Black. $6 ea for Klonoa 2 and Godzilla, $3 for DKR, $8 for KOTOR (no manual)

Not pictured is a GBA Gameshark for $5

#28 Doomstink

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 04:19 AM

I don't think they plant stuff...The show is scripted though. That locker was in Inglewood. Most likely it was either broken into or the renter cleaned it out knowing they were not going to pay the rental bill. In either case anything of value was already removed, except for the safe because of the weight (Or the person that cleaned it out was not aware the safe was worth anything).


The problem is that the safe didn't fit in that locker in any context. Nothing else in the locker was similar to that safe, so I can't see why it was in there. Maybe a newer, crappier safe, but not a vintage early 1900s gold-plated safe. Why would someone have that in a locker they are storing food and shoes in?

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 08:07 AM

The problem is that the safe didn't fit in that locker in any context. Nothing else in the locker was similar to that safe, so I can't see why it was in there. Maybe a newer, crappier safe, but not a vintage early 1900s gold-plated safe. Why would someone have that in a locker they are storing food and shoes in?


I dunno if the item was as strange as the condition it was in. It's one thing for a horder to pick up the odd broken-down collectible (speaking from familial observations here), but for something like that (identifiable etchings 'n' fancy lettering, the door wasn't falling off or rusted shut, etc.) most people would have at least tried a pawn or antique shop.
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 02:54 PM

I don't think they plant stuff...The show is scripted though. That locker was in Inglewood. Most likely it was either broken into or the renter cleaned it out knowing they were not going to pay the rental bill. In either case anything of value was already removed, except for the safe because of the weight (Or the person that cleaned it out was not aware the safe was worth anything).


I finally saw the "safe" episode. I think this is a pretty logical explanation--the safe was viewed as too heavy to deal with--"we'll come back for it later"--which never happens.

I agree that the safe was out of place but if you've gone to enough rummage sales you know that this is a real possibility. I've seen sales with a bunch of absolute junk and then one valuable item that is totally out of place.

If you want examples of the improbable, what are the odds that someone will leave behind a $4000 coin collection in a storage locker???

I think the real problem with the show is that they are (for the most part) just showing us "sexy" highlights collected over months of taping. We are not seeing the duds . . . there must be numerous examples of poor purchases that don't fit the narratives.