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2014 Yardsale thread

Yardsale thread 2014

#1111 Ferrari Racer   Banned CAGiversary!   6722 Posts   Joined 8.9 Years Ago  

Ferrari Racer

Posted 04 July 2014 - 03:55 AM

Debating if I should go shopping tomorrow. I won't have anything to do till 3. Wondering if there won't be many sales.



#1112 Kovorkian   Judoka CAGiversary!   2671 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 04 July 2014 - 11:28 AM

Found this in the 20 minutes I had for yard-sailing last Friday before heading to Ohio for a long weekend.

 

Also included (not pictured); N64 console w/ expansion pak, 5 first party controllers (3 with somewhat floppy sticks), a Retro Duo console w/ 2 controllers & 2 SNES controllers, Obscure for XBOX, and a PSX controller.

 

 

highlights for SNES were DKC 3 & Mario All Stars

 

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Also, I've forgotten how to post "spoilers." I'll update the post to keep the page less cluttered if I find out.

 

the codes  [ spoiler ]   and  [ /spoiler ] (without spaces) are how you begin and end a spoiler.



#1113 Roninalchemist   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   584 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Roninalchemist

Posted 04 July 2014 - 12:27 PM

Just this morning I found this batch of games, all for only $2

 

Legaia 2: Duel Saga (Loose PS2 game)

Mortal Kombat Trilogy (PS1, no manual and wrong case)

Darkstone (PS1, case and manual included)

 

And the crown jewel of my finds today....

 

Diablo (PS1, original case and manual)  

 

Last week or 2 ago I found a lot of N64 games which I previously posted about in auctions...sold very nicely!

 

Diablo case needs some cleaning but it'll be listed in no time!  Thats it for now!



#1114 dasme313   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   365 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 05 July 2014 - 05:37 PM

Well, not a bad day for portables.

 

$1.00 - Super Mario Advance 2 GBA, Pokemon Red GB, Ninja Turtles II Return from the Sewers GB

$5.00- White DS Lite w/ charger, case, and ~10 games (most notable was Sonic Advance 2)

$7.00- Gray Original Gameboy w/ boxed Light Boy, Mario Land 1, 2, Tetris, and Yoshi's Cookie (all with plastic cases and manuals)

 

non-gaming

$5.00- 2 K'Nex Roller Coaster Sets (Serpent Spiral-opened but looks unused... counting pieces will be fun, and Ferris-Coaster Wheel-brand new)

$5.00- Fujifilm Finepix S5200



#1115 duderanch   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   208 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

duderanch

Posted 05 July 2014 - 06:16 PM

Here’s my yard sale haul for this weekend. There weren’t a lot of sales in my area (probably because of the 4th of July), but I still managed to score some decent finds. The N64 was only $1. The woman I bought it from said they couldn’t get it to work. When I got home, I noticed that the jumper pak was missing. So I popped in a jumper pak from a spare system I have, and it works perfectly. Not too shabby for $1. She also had the Game Boy tagged at $40 (yikes!), but I talked her down to $5.

 

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SALE #1

Marvel Ultimate Alliance (Wii)

Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

PokePark: Pikachu’s Adventure (Wii)

Blazing Angels (Wii)

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Wii)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

 

SALE #2

Star Wars Battlefront II (Xbox)

 

SALE #3

David Geffen Rarities Vol. 1 (rare tracks by Weezer, That Dog, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, etc)

 

SALE #4

Nintendo 64 w/ 1 controller, AV cable, AC adapter

Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer (N64)

Beetle Adventure Racing CIB (N64)

Powerpuff Girls: Chemical X-Traction CIB (N64)

Nintendo Game Boy

Goofy-looking Game Boy Fanny Pack



#1116 slowdive21   CAG Elder CAGiversary!   12577 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

slowdive21

Posted 05 July 2014 - 08:14 PM

Well, not a bad day for portables.

 

$1.00 - Super Mario Advance 2 GBA, Pokemon Red GB, Ninja Turtles II Return from the Sewers GB

$5.00- White DS Lite w/ charger, case, and ~10 games (most notable was Sonic Advance 2)

$7.00- Gray Original Gameboy w/ boxed Light Boy, Mario Land 1, 2, Tetris, and Yoshi's Cookie (all with plastic cases and manuals)

 

non-gaming

$5.00- 2 K'Nex Roller Coaster Sets (Serpent Spiral-opened but looks unused... counting pieces will be fun, and Ferris-Coaster Wheel-brand new)

$5.00- Fujifilm Finepix S5200

Pictures! Just out of curiosity, what area of the country do you live in?



#1117 dasme313   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   365 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 06 July 2014 - 05:27 AM

I'll post pics tomorrow. I'm in south Jersey, a little north of Atlantic City. It's funny, I usually drive out of town for town-wide sales, but my best game finds are always in town.. Games are almost an after thought now, there's a lot more I look for (but games are still the most exciting to me).



#1118 xtreme_Zr2   Mr. Sonny Crockett CAGiversary!   1073 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 06 July 2014 - 01:13 PM

Snagged a PSP 1001 for 5 bucks yesterday. No charger but its already inbound from eBay.

#1119 MasaTFC   Vortex of Failure CAGiversary!   5047 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 07 July 2014 - 02:26 AM

Not gaming related, but went to my first yard sale yesterday!!! :D/

 

So, on a whim during running yesterday morning, my girlfriend and I saw a sign in the neighborhood for a sign-

 

"CRAP- xxx Biddle Ave Come pick up my stuff(its a yardsale) 11-2"

 

So, natutrally with that kind of advertising I had to stop by. Girl was really cute and nice, said she was moving and we could name our price on stuff. For 5 bucks-

 

2 St. Germain Cds

1 Buena Vista Social Club CD (for the gf)

1 Beatles 1967-1970 CD

1 Breakfast at Tiffanys Anniversary DVD

1 A Christmas Story Monopoly game

1 Elliptical (with electronic display)

 

The Christmas Story game and the DVD were sealed. We ended up carrying the elliptical back to our apartment about 5 blocks away. That was fun.

 

This all happened after I had brought up to the gf while we were running about something I would like to ask the people whom have good luck at yard sales. Do you guys have better luck in more affluent neighborhoods or lower income neighborhoods? I want to make a plan of sales when I go out, but I would like to get some advice on the types of sales that all these games are found at. I know the tips about starting early, making a plan, but what about the neighborhoods that you guys go to? Younger people, older people?

 

Any suggestions about this kind of stuff is greatly appreciated in advance, thanks!



#1120 Kovorkian   Judoka CAGiversary!   2671 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 07 July 2014 - 03:57 AM

Not gaming related, but went to my first yard sale yesterday!!! :D/

 

So, on a whim during running yesterday morning, my girlfriend and I saw a sign in the neighborhood for a sign-

 

"CRAP- xxx Biddle Ave Come pick up my stuff(its a yardsale) 11-2"

 

So, natutrally with that kind of advertising I had to stop by. Girl was really cute and nice, said she was moving and we could name our price on stuff. For 5 bucks-

 

2 St. Germain Cds

1 Buena Vista Social Club CD (for the gf)

1 Beatles 1967-1970 CD

1 Breakfast at Tiffanys Anniversary DVD

1 A Christmas Story Monopoly game

1 Elliptical (with electronic display)

 

The Christmas Story game and the DVD were sealed. We ended up carrying the elliptical back to our apartment about 5 blocks away. That was fun.

 

This all happened after I had brought up to the gf while we were running about something I would like to ask the people whom have good luck at yard sales. Do you guys have better luck in more affluent neighborhoods or lower income neighborhoods? I want to make a plan of sales when I go out, but I would like to get some advice on the types of sales that all these games are found at. I know the tips about starting early, making a plan, but what about the neighborhoods that you guys go to? Younger people, older people?

 

Any suggestions about this kind of stuff is greatly appreciated in advance, thanks!

 

 Personally for me (while I've had decent finds, nowhere near what some people get, but alas the "perks" of living in the middle of nowhere)    The random (unadvertised sales that you just happen to come by) tend to have the best stuff but that could be due to the high reseller activity in my area....



#1121 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2153 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 07 July 2014 - 04:07 AM

From my experience, more affluent areas usually have newer systems.  Poorer areas will have older systems and usually better prices on the newer stuff when you find it.  The downfall to this is that the stuff is usually well worn or dirty most of the time.

 

As far as age, it's a mixed bag.  People in their 50's and 60's sometimes have games from their children or for their grandchildren or even vintage stuff from when they were younger.  Yard sales with young children's stuff is more likely to have Wii games (and they're getting pretty cheap).  Sales with teenage stuff is more likely to have PS1, PS2, GC and Xbox.

 

I look for sales advertising CDs and DVDs, they usually have disc based games also. 



#1122 slowdive21   CAG Elder CAGiversary!   12577 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

slowdive21

Posted 08 July 2014 - 01:26 AM

6-21-14

 

$3 total:

 

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$25 total. Two young moms were having a garage sale. They had a ton of skylanders and wii games and I asked about older games. This is what the one girl dug out from her garage that was down the street. Their systems had broken, but her husband held onto the games.

 

 

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While I was waiting for the other girl to get back, I talked to the other mom for a few minutes and I told her what games I am into...she came out with these. Paid $5 each, but well worth it.

 

 

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^^^Are those good?  :whee:

 

:bouncy:

 

 

more to come...



#1123 SaraAB   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5457 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 08 July 2014 - 01:45 AM

There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to yard sailing here, most older people don't know what a video game is here, so that won't get you very far. Anyone over age 50 here doesn't seem to know what a game is. Houses with baby stuff will never have games here, so avoid those, although I shouldn't say never because I am sure someone here has found games at an all baby stuff sale. Affluent neighbors will almost always have higher prices, but I have been to poor neighborhoods where prices are just as high if not higher. I have also found middle age people (age 40s-50s) to be the most difficult to bargain with, people with kids are usually easy, because their kids have so much crap they just want it gone. Anyone younger is usually easy to bargain with.But some people either think their stuff is worth millions or they just don't want to sell, don't understand why you would have a yard sale if you don't want to get rid of things. I have also noticed that since the flea market closed that most people have moved to selling out of their houses at permanent yard sales that happen every week. I know because I drive by these houses every week and they are always set up. These are yard sales that have eBay or higher prices with sellers that are not willing to budge on them. Of course they don't sell anything since no one here will pay the prices. The merchandise ( not necessarily games) is also filthy and probably not working.

#1124 ferant316   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   828 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 08 July 2014 - 03:48 AM

Sounds familiar Sara. We just had a flea market close down and they do the same thing and have yard sales every week. One kills me because she had a 10'x50' video game booth at the flea market and has nice stuff but wants crazy prices for it and won't budge. Gold 64 system for $250, Mario Kart 64 for $60, etc. One week it was drizzling and she still had it all out getting wet and I wish I could save it all but it will just all get ruined and never sell.

#1125 Mike_TV   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   431 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 08 July 2014 - 03:41 PM

It was pretty dead in my area this weekend due to the 4th, but I did manage to snag a few things.

 

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I grabbed the above lot for $40. A little more than I would have liked to pay, but MAGFest needs old consoles and games. There's a lot there we don't already have so it wasn't too bad of a deal, plus I'm going to keep the controller cable extenders for myself.

 

In the evening I saw a late yard sale post advertising systems for $5. I ran out to it and manage to snag two complete Gamecubes and 2 complete XBoxes plus 4 XBox controllers for $20. The woman selling mentioned they have a whole trunk full of additional game stuff that they'll be selling in a couple of weeks, so I'm def hitting them up then. I would have stuck around to see if they could pull it out, but I didn't want to maroon my wife with the baby for too long.

 

And to chime in on the "rich vs. poor" area debate, I've had mixed results with both. We've got a lot of flea markets in southeast Baltimore, a poorer area of the city, which means that people are wary and always checking prices and/or charging too much. In fact, I almost never go hunting there because the flea market sellers with go around at 6am buying up stuff to take to market. On the other hand, a lot of the more affluent neighborhoods check Amazon or eBay prices, which also ruins things for me. I tend to have my best luck at moving sales or garage sales where people obviously just want to get rid of stuff. The copy of Earthbound I grabbed a few weeks ago came from a guy who had three garages worth of storage auction stuff that he just wanted gone.

 

Speaking of storage auctions, has anyone else noticed the storage wars craze starting to die down a bit? I'm seeing more ads recently about people trying to unload storage lots, and I'm thinking it's because people bought up a bunch of stuff without realizing how much effort it takes to store it all. Which is absolutely GREAT for us. :)



#1126 SaraAB   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5457 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 08 July 2014 - 08:10 PM

Sounds familiar Sara. We just had a flea market close down and they do the same thing and have yard sales every week. One kills me because she had a 10'x50' video game booth at the flea market and has nice stuff but wants crazy prices for it and won't budge. Gold 64 system for $250, Mario Kart 64 for $60, etc. One week it was drizzling and she still had it all out getting wet and I wish I could save it all but it will just all get ruined and never sell.


That is why i won't buy stuff from these "known" flea market dealers, because our market was also outdoors and I know that the stuff has been hauled around for probably decades, that 100% of it has Sat out in the rain at some point thus ruining it and 90% of it is in filthy condition.. Yet they want eBay prices. Some sellers on eBay charge the same price or less for a fully cleaned and tested system... So if I want to spend that is where I am going to spend my money... Not on some overpriced flea market garbage. I know the vendors don't clean or test the systems every week either, and banging them around constantly means a system that will never be the same as one that comes straight new from a box. Heck I would rather buy a refurbished system from GS

Did I also mention that our flea market had a HUGE rat problem and from what my friend told me certain parts of the flea market were chock full of rat droppings... No thank you..

#1127 dasme313   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   365 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 08 July 2014 - 08:26 PM

I stopped going to my flea markets in Jersey, it's been years since I've found anything worthwhile. Sometimes when I'm out of state I'll go flea market shopping and try my luck. My favorite markets were in Florida, but I haven't been down there in about 4 years :/ . There always seemed to be enough new sellers each week that you weren't stuck seeing the same things over and over.



#1128 robwhois   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   332 Posts   Joined 9.0 Years Ago  

robwhois

Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:19 AM

My tips on  garage sailin:

 

Get there early, it's very competitive out there right now, at least in my area, especially for video games. I used to like to get to  a sale a few minutes after it started but by that time they have already been raided, so I go like 15-20 minutes before sales. Even the ones that say

no early birds, I've never been thrown off anyones yard, just be personable and they usually let you stay

 

Unadvertised sales seem to have better scores: The ones that advertise video games, usually know what they have and sell them for alot more. And you'll also have to go against all the other people looking for games.

 

Always ask: Might seem like a no brainer, but most people are to shy or afraid to ask. The people that don't put the games out at first until you ask, usually give you the best prices, since they don't think it's worth that much

 

Always hit up the community or street sales: Any time I see a whole community or even a whole street selling stuff, I make sure thats

the first place I go. Just by the numbers your bound to find some gaming stuff, and usually those type of sales, I seem to get alot of the best prices I seem to see all summer.

 

And as bad as this sounds, I always do well with sales that have children there. They don't seem to really know pricing, so giving them like 5 bucks for a bunch of games is like amazing to them. I guess back when i was a kid, someone giving me money for anything would have been cool

 

Those are some of the things I can think of off the top of my head, anything else, I'l try to add to it later



#1129 SaraAB   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5457 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:40 AM

Getting out early won't help here as no one sets up before 10am, if you go out earlier you will find empty lawns. Asking never worked for me, I spent one whole summer asking for games, I think I had one place that brought them out. But a couple years ago I asked for a Betamax player at a house and it was brought out in 5 min so that is totally ymmv.. But people here don't usually want to go back in their house for stuff around here. Community sales are a wash here since most are the same block or street over and over year after year so the good stuff was picked long ago unadvertised sales and houses with multiple children and moving sales are a must, this is where the scores are here. The broken wii that I got for free.. Unadvertised sale with a ton of kids... Church sales and bag sales are an absolute must, I can almost always find something to profit off of at these! Some of them give away everything at the end for free! Whether it be clothing, toys or misc I am almost always making money off stuff I get from these sales. The heat will drive people away fast, this is both good and bad. Bad because people won't set up when it's 85 degrees at 9am and good cause not too many people will be out. Very few houses have air conditioning here (even though it's more than hot enough to require it) and people won't put out when it's super hot when they don't have air.

#1130 notaspaceship   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   60 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

notaspaceship

Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:25 AM

Oddly enough I have had my best luck by not being early. I have gotten lost on the way to sales or found other sales by being lost (I get lost easily, ok?) and found cool things that were either overlooked or were brought out because I or someone else asked or the person remembered that they had something and brought it out after the initial set up. 

 

Asking has worked sometimes. I try to ask at every sale I go to, even though I am kind of shy and don't really like talking to strangers (all those childhood admonishments to never talk to strangers lives on). The problem is that sometimes people don't know what a video game is even when they have some. Which is weird, but oh well. Also it seems to not occur to quite a few people that I ask that someone wants to buy their video games, although they have every other thing under the sun out on their lawn.

 

I'm still pretty new to this but I think the best advice I can give you is to do it the way that you want to, in a way that is fun to you. Finding awesome stuff is great; getting up at the crack of dawn when you're just not into it isn't. I tried going to sales early, and what I found was that 1) I don't like to get up early 2) There are a lot of retired people in this area who like garage sales and they are scary 3) Some of my best finds have been after ten o' clock. 

 

So now I let myself sleep in a little unless I see an ad for something that I just can't resist. It's more fun to get in my car and pick a direction and go from sign to sign. If I find myself getting cranky or thinking that I would just rather be doing something else, I stop. This is what's working for me so far, but I am not trying to build the world's greatest game collection or support myself through ebaying garage sale finds, so your motives probably play a part too.



#1131 robwhois   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   332 Posts   Joined 9.0 Years Ago  

robwhois

Posted 09 July 2014 - 09:58 PM

I have this one community sale that goes on every year in the beginning of the summer. The nice and convenient thing, is it's in my neighborhood. It's a goldmine every single year. You got to think that something someone has  and uses one year, might not be something they use the next, especially when it comes to kids attention spans and video games. So i see plenty of new stuff every year.

 

One thing I forgot to mention, is stay away from those baby clothing sales. I have never, ever, found anything video game related and those junky sales. I guess babies and their parents don't play video games ;)



#1132 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2153 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:08 PM

My mother is having a garage sale this weekend, going to put a lot of my DVDs and CDs in it and maybe some games.  What do you think is a fair price for each?  I was thinking $2 per DVD, $1 per CD since this is commonly what I see.  I figure I'd drop prices in half if I still have too much by 11:00.  There are a few hundred in each category. 



#1133 elessar123  

Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:47 PM

DVDs for $2 seems like a bit much, considering you can get blurays for $5 new often times.

 

It really depends on the DVD though.



#1134 Bing147   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1181 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:35 PM

Thats pretty standard at garage sales.

#1135 MasaTFC   Vortex of Failure CAGiversary!   5047 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:46 PM

My mother is having a garage sale this weekend, going to put a lot of my DVDs and CDs in it and maybe some games.  What do you think is a fair price for each?  I was thinking $2 per DVD, $1 per CD since this is commonly what I see.  I figure I'd drop prices in half if I still have too much by 11:00.  There are a few hundred in each category. 

I like Metal, sell me your cds (if there are any metal cds. Korn and whathaveyou are not Metal. Iron Maiden and Kreator are more like it).



#1136 Kranekinjar   Scrappy Doo on Xanax CAGiversary!   497 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  

Kranekinjar

Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:52 PM

You should try pricing the DVDs 2X$3 and the games 2X$5 (depending on what titles they are).



#1137 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2153 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:58 PM

I'd thought of going a buck each to hopefully sell them all, but I just think that will make people try to lowball me on the CDs.  Really don't want to go less than $1 on the CDs but I guess it depends on how much I want to move them the morning of the sale.  Maybe $2 each or 10 for $10, encourage them to get more. 

 

I was also gonna drop a PS1 and PS2 with a few games for $10 each.  It could happen.

 

Didn't really get into Iron Maiden, I do have quite a bit of 70's and 80's rock, R&B, Blues and 90's rap... even some classical.  Anything except country.  I'd thought of making a trade page here but time, laziness, etc....

 

Edit:

Pulled some random CDs out:

White Zombie

Blackstreet

Pantera

Led Zeppelin

BB King

Poison

Lost Highway soundtrack

Motley Crue



#1138 slowdive21   CAG Elder CAGiversary!   12577 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

slowdive21

Posted 10 July 2014 - 12:14 AM

I think the $2 DVDs and $1 CDs are reasonable. You could even go $3 on DVDs, since that is what they are at big lots. Any more than $3 would be a stretch, but you could do 2 for $5.

 

Make sure you have a ton of small bills and make sure you check the bills you accept. There have been counterfeit ones going around in the Chicago/NW Indiana area.

 

I know you mentioned in the past that you don't do ebay/amazon, but you may want to look up some of them before putting them out...you could set the ones aside that sell for $15 or more and I can buy them off of you. I still want that board game with the sealed VHS tape too!



#1139 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2153 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 10 July 2014 - 12:26 AM

I think the $2 DVDs and $1 CDs are reasonable. You could even go $3 on DVDs, since that is what they are at big lots. Any more than $3 would be a stretch, but you could do 2 for $5.

 

Make sure you have a ton of small bills and make sure you check the bills you accept. There have been counterfeit ones going around in the Chicago/NW Indiana area.

 

I know you mentioned in the past that you don't do ebay/amazon, but you may want to look up some of them before putting them out...you could set the ones aside that sell for $15 or more and I can buy them off of you. I still want that board game with the sealed VHS tape too!

I'm going to check the movies before putting them out, I know of a few that are OOP and bring a premium.  Just ran into a copy of "Tales from the Hood" that I forgot I had.  I doubt most of the CDs I have would warrant much attention considering they are pretty mainstream though I will check the soundtracks.

 

Was talking to a girl at the counter of Quizznos in downtown Indy last winter, she said there was a major counterfeiting bust in the area.  Before that she said that 4 of every 10 large bills they received (I assume $50 or $100) were counterfeit. 

 

As for Dragon Strike, I'm glad you mentioned it because it was going to go.  It actually survived a yard sale last fall.  PM me and we can discuss it.



#1140 SaraAB   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5457 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 10 July 2014 - 12:43 AM

Oddly enough I have had my best luck by not being early. I have gotten lost on the way to sales or found other sales by being lost (I get lost easily, ok?) and found cool things that were either overlooked or were brought out because I or someone else asked or the person remembered that they had something and brought it out after the initial set up.

Asking has worked sometimes. I try to ask at every sale I go to, even though I am kind of shy and don't really like talking to strangers (all those childhood admonishments to never talk to strangers lives on). The problem is that sometimes people don't know what a video game is even when they have some. Which is weird, but oh well. Also it seems to not occur to quite a few people that I ask that someone wants to buy their video games, although they have every other thing under the sun out on their lawn.

I'm still pretty new to this but I think the best advice I can give you is to do it the way that you want to, in a way that is fun to you. Finding awesome stuff is great; getting up at the crack of dawn when you're just not into it isn't. I tried going to sales early, and what I found was that 1) I don't like to get up early 2) There are a lot of retired people in this area who like garage sales and they are scary 3) Some of my best finds have been after ten o' clock.

So now I let myself sleep in a little unless I see an ad for something that I just can't resist. It's more fun to get in my car and pick a direction and go from sign to sign. If I find myself getting cranky or thinking that I would just rather be doing something else, I stop. This is what's working for me so far, but I am not trying to build the world's greatest game collection or support myself through ebaying garage sale finds, so your motives probably play a part too.


Yeah I have to agree, my area is really dead this year, less than 10 sales listed every weekend and I am not willing to drive 20-30 min away to scout what will mostly be junk because that would be a large waste of time, gas and wear and tear on a car. For me this is a hobby and it's not a primary source of income even though I make it sound like it is.Like you I have a lot of retired people in this area that don't know what a video game is, but there is always other things to look for. My time is extremely limited on Saturday too because there are a lot of things that need to be done on Sat. that can't be done on any other day of the week due to work schedule.