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In Topic: The Official 2017 Yard Sale Thread - Passing the torch

31 October 2017 - 08:37 PM

People often ask me what I am looking for at yard sales and the truth is, I am looking for photos of local video game arcades from anytime before 1999! Because that is when I started taking my own photos. Do you think its weird to ask people for vintage photos of old video game arcades from the area at yard sales? Has anyone ever tried to ask for something intangible like this at a yard sale? I guess if I am questioning myself then its definitely weird.... hah.. Now I can't ask the 20 something couple because they obviously wouldn't have any photos since I am looking for photos from the 1980's and 1990's, Ideally I am looking for more 90's photos though. I can't pay money to the people for their photos, I am to the point where I have business cards with my 2 facebook addresses and email on them, I haven't had the balls to do it yet to anyone but I am very tempted.. but knowing that the photo I want to see is probably lurking in someone's family photo album.... is probably going to push me over the edge to start asking!!!

You might want to try putting up fliers at local churches or community centers, or perhaps local businesses with foot traffic (such as a hair salon). Include a small bounty (such as $20 for an album) to give people something for their time.


Nice to see that you're still around, by the way *tips hat*

In Topic: The Official 2017 Yard Sale Thread - Passing the torch

27 September 2017 - 08:39 PM

Story time. Asked the people if they had any video games they wanted to sell. We talk for a minute and they tell me to come back in half an hour they'll pull them out. So I comeback and the guy is walking outside with an NES and a bunch of games. Meet him at the table and notice a girl with a Pokemon shirt on looking at the NES games that are already out. Guy tells me they're his son's games who lives in Seattle(im in Baltimore)and he needs to ask him if he can sell them, but to make him an offer. I go low at $25 and the Pokemon girl says some of these games are worth more than $30 each. Then she takes a stack of the games and says id advise you not to sell these games for under $100. Lady running the sale tells her thanks for coming to look at them. These mofo's called an expert in on me,felt like Pawn Stars. Still left my number for when they get a hold of their son.


Better just to leave your phone number from the get-go in a situation like that; chances are if the yard seller has to make a "consultation" the other party won't decide to make the sale and you're wasting your time.

In Topic: The Official 2017 Yard Sale Thread - Passing the torch

23 July 2017 - 06:53 PM

I didn't realize values for PS2 and PS3 games had dropped so much.  I went to a yard sale this morning where they had a stack of games with no price.  I picked out Ico, Destiny, and Last of Us mostly for my collection, but I thought Ico was still going for a good price.  Good thing I only paid $2 each for them and didn't get anything else.

PS2 gets weird sometimes between the reprints and what is the definite edition. I'm surprised black label Shadow of Collossus and Okami are still minor flips-- depends on what collectors are looking for now, I guess.

In Topic: The Official 2017 Yard Sale Thread - Passing the torch

12 July 2017 - 06:46 PM

Bust this weekend. There were no sales in my town (at least listed on facebook and craigslist) and I couldn't find any townwide ones in the area to go to. Went out to breakfast planning on stopping at any I saw but still none. Maybe the holiday killed it this weekend? I'm going to try and go this upcoming but it is starting to look like it might be a repeat of last year.

This time of year generally isn't great with people going on vacation (plus heat kills the casuals). Wait for September and October, especially if the online ads in your area aren't hitting critical mass.

In Topic: The Official 2017 Yard Sale Thread - Passing the torch

07 July 2017 - 07:32 PM

Love the description. I take it you have a flea market booth? Have you thought about an eBay store? I've got one where I sell lots of video games and other collectibles. I try to mostly deal in small items so I can easily just put them in my mailbox for carrier pickup.

I don't have a booth; I've just gotten into setting up seasonally now and then and getting enough in the way of critical mass that it's worthwhile to do. I do a mix of ebay (for out-of-print anime DVDs), amazon for handheld consoles, and quick trade-in flips when the Craigslist here is simply too damn rotten. Just liquidated the DS games I picked up for $120 Amazon credit / $20 cash from GS. Didn't like the prospect of selling versus the bootlegs online, and I don't like selling portable games locally when they're cart-only: the visibility tends to be poor.


It's, ah, still a learning experience for me. Made plenty of mistakes, but I've gotten lucky to even it out.