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2022-10-02 8:19:47 AM  
Watched a jazz group in Montreal. Guy played a green uke,
FF 17 years.
I buy that uke, with provenance, at a yard sale.
In holidaysburgh, penna
 
2022-10-02 9:33:22 AM  
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2022-10-02 9:34:20 AM  
Do estate sales count?  Because I've discovered many wonderful things at those throughout the years.
 
2022-10-02 9:36:21 AM  
So, basically everything people have a yard sales. Except not the stuff they actually have.
 
2022-10-02 9:38:33 AM  
Bought what I thought was in chinchilla... turned out to be something called a mogwai.
It turned out to be a rare sapient being that was furry, cute, and very curious. It transformed into reptilian, highly destructive creatures called gremlin.
 
2022-10-02 9:48:41 AM  
I bought pearl and diamond earrings for $5. Then I lost one of the earrings so I don't wear the other at all now.
 
2022-10-02 9:48:44 AM  
My son is a hardcore video game collector and he regularly scores at garage and estate sales.

The best score I've had was obtaining almost $1000 in like-new camping equipment for $25 about 30 years ago. Many of the pieces are still in use today.
 
2022-10-02 9:54:44 AM  
My post will technically meet the "discovery" requirement:

Came off the heels of a bitter, litigated divorce in a small town where everyone sided with my (now ex-) wife. Even the school secretaries worked to minimize my contact with my children.
New lover and I had to leave town, and I got a job five hundred miles away.  Had a garage sale of 90% of the stuff from the failed marriage. Made it all go away. Walked away with $2500 and I discovered that stuff is overrated, as I missed none of it.
 
2022-10-02 9:56:18 AM  
My most useful one was many years ago when I was shooting 35mm. It's a metal file cabinet, with small drawers that are the perfect depth for 35mm slides. I forget what I paid for it, but it's been the best value I got at a garage sale.
 
2022-10-02 9:57:42 AM  
I discovered how to talk to pregnant people at one garage sale.

As I waddled up the driveway, looking for baby blankets and whatnot for my firstborn, the two women running the sale started asking me the usual questions. Discovering that it was my first, one woman cut off the other and told me her story.

"They had to TELL me I was in labor. A few pushes later, the baby came out!"

People, THIS is how you speak to the first-time pregnant. NOT like my mother's best friend, who told me about how her last baby got stuck sideways coming out.
 
2022-10-02 9:57:53 AM  
The missus and I did a small garage sale to get rid of a ton of old clothes from her dead parents and my weight loss and her weight loss etc. back in the 90s.  We were headed to the Led Zepplin concert a week later for our birthdays, planning on using the $ to spend a extra night in Orlando and maybe have a nice dinner out.  Made about $200 selling clothes at 50c per item (we really just wanted it all gone, worked like a champ).  Cleaning up and putting stuff away, the better half bumped her leg against a glass table top that shattered and cut her pretty good, requiring some stitches and a drain....

We discovered that after deductibles and prescription fills and office visits, our out of pocket came to about $10 more than we made on the garage sale.... Still went to concert, no extra night in Orlando, and while it was great the 2 hour drive home afterwards really sucked... would've been a lot nicer at a local hotel
 
2022-10-02 10:01:10 AM  
My grandfather became a garage sale addict and part of their cult, visiting sales for things he could sell at his own. Presumably often getting haggled down to less than what he had spent.

Mother mocked this for years. Yet when Sister and I went through her house after Mother's death, we found many garage sale items clearly taken from Grandfather's house that she had stored unused for years and years for us to throw away.
 
2022-10-02 10:03:55 AM  
I got a Nintendo 64 and maybe 10 games for $5 about 15 years ago

Still plugged in though I admittedly don't use it.
 
2022-10-02 10:03:56 AM  
Kind toughto do since zeppelin broke up in 1980
 
2022-10-02 10:04:36 AM  

i.r.id10t: The missus and I did a small garage sale to get rid of a ton of old clothes from her dead parents and my weight loss and her weight loss etc. back in the 90s.  We were headed to the Led Zepplin concert a week later for our birthdays, planning on using the $ to spend a extra night in Orlando and maybe have a nice dinner out.  Made about $200 selling clothes at 50c per item (we really just wanted it all gone, worked like a champ).  Cleaning up and putting stuff away, the better half bumped her leg against a glass table top that shattered and cut her pretty good, requiring some stitches and a drain....

We discovered that after deductibles and prescription fills and office visits, our out of pocket came to about $10 more than we made on the garage sale.... Still went to concert, no extra night in Orlando, and while it was great the 2 hour drive home afterwards really sucked... would've been a lot nicer at a local hotel


Zeppelin broke up in 1980
 
2022-10-02 10:05:29 AM  
All time favorite book of my childhood was purchased at a garage sale in North Bay, ON.

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My OG copy was damaged over the years by my elementary school-aged self, I got another copy a few years ago. I took that book with me practically everywhere.

/I got yogurt on the F-4 phantom cutaway drawing while I was waiting for my mom in the grocery store
//the dust cover was in tatters and gone before I can remember
///my new copy is immaculate
 
2022-10-02 10:05:54 AM  
FTFA:If you happen to find one of these beautiful timepieces tucked away at a garage sale you might want to buy it. Pocket watches can sell for mega-money, like the world's most expensive, a 1920 Patek Philippe Supercomplication. In 2014 it sold for$24-million.

In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 bucks.
 
2022-10-02 10:08:19 AM  

Cafe Threads: I discovered how to talk to pregnant people at one garage sale.

As I waddled up the driveway, looking for baby blankets and whatnot for my firstborn, the two women running the sale started asking me the usual questions. Discovering that it was my first, one woman cut off the other and told me her story.

"They had to TELL me I was in labor. A few pushes later, the baby came out!"

People, THIS is how you speak to the first-time pregnant. NOT like my mother's best friend, who told me about how her last baby got stuck sideways coming out.


Telling horror stories to pregnant women has been a psychotic tradition for way too damn long, anyone that even starts that shiat should be stopped and admonished once, and then tossed out of their ass.  Do you tell a guy with cancer about people you've known that died in terrible pain despite everything anyone could do - or tell someone with a broken arm about that one lady that had to have his amputated when they broke theirs?  Pregnant women are scared enough about the whole thing, they don't need a bunch of doom bullshiat

/people do not farking think
 
2022-10-02 10:08:52 AM  
Notable things I have gotten at garage sales (not thirfts, that's a whole other animal)

A set of Anchor Hocking Soreno bowls in Avocado.

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This literally started my glassware/ceramic collecting.  From which I have recently retired.  I only go for "grail" type items now which is any NIB Pyrex and anything exceedingly rare, like certain Clappison era Hornsea.
The guy almost gave them away to me, and well, the bug was implanted and I now have a collection that is well, rather "bulky" to store.


One of the cooler things I got and use at least weekly is an 8x loupe.  It's for film, but works for lots of other things.
 
2022-10-02 10:13:08 AM  
Pre-pandemic, I used to go to garage/yard sales to find stuff to resell on eBay.  I found a zippo lighter from the Vietnam war, specific to some boat, that I bought for $15 and put on eBay.  It ended up going for $130 to a guy who served on said boat.  Good times.
 
2022-10-02 10:15:04 AM  

kozlo: All time favorite book of my childhood was purchased at a garage sale in North Bay, ON.

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My OG copy was damaged over the years by my elementary school-aged self, I got another copy a few years ago. I took that book with me practically everywhere.

/I got yogurt on the F-4 phantom cutaway drawing while I was waiting for my mom in the grocery store
//the dust cover was in tatters and gone before I can remember
///my new copy is immaculate


For it being loud, vaguely not well handling, and at the start, prone to leave a very noticeable black smoke trail, the f4 is a really cool looking plane.  Something about the angled vertical stabilizer just gives it a "mean" look.
 
2022-10-02 10:16:19 AM  
Our public dumpsters yield some great finds that don't cost anything other than looking in them every afternoon. Two days ago it was a bucket full of socket wrenches in a whole bunch of sizes. Mushroom heater, check. 2400 watt generator, check. Six horse outboard motor, check. Lawnmowers, check. Badass set of tire chains in my size, check. Three camp gas lanterns, check. Complete 12 gauge reloading setup, check. Nice propane three burner campstove, check. Vacuums and shop vacs, check.
Larger appliances like washers and dryers tend to appear at the curbside at random when someone upgrades. My problem is finding too much good stuff and not having enough room to store it all...
 
2022-10-02 10:17:14 AM  
Ghost World- yard sale scene
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2022-10-02 10:18:00 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Cafe Threads: I discovered how to talk to pregnant people at one garage sale.

As I waddled up the driveway, looking for baby blankets and whatnot for my firstborn, the two women running the sale started asking me the usual questions. Discovering that it was my first, one woman cut off the other and told me her story.

"They had to TELL me I was in labor. A few pushes later, the baby came out!"

People, THIS is how you speak to the first-time pregnant. NOT like my mother's best friend, who told me about how her last baby got stuck sideways coming out.

Telling horror stories to pregnant women has been a psychotic tradition for way too damn long, anyone that even starts that shiat should be stopped and admonished once, and then tossed out of their ass.  Do you tell a guy with cancer about people you've known that died in terrible pain despite everything anyone could do - or tell someone with a broken arm about that one lady that had to have his amputated when they broke theirs?  Pregnant women are scared enough about the whole thing, they don't need a bunch of doom bullshiat

/people do not farking think


Heh - his?  Hers... man it's too early - I'm not making sense even for me
 
2022-10-02 10:20:50 AM  
IRestoreFurniture:

I really enjoyed John Weal's profile drawings of the aircraft interspersed throughout the book, the F-4 Phantom entry has a cutaway, as well as 3 color profiles done by Weal. Very cool to a 5-6 year old boy.
 
2022-10-02 10:28:21 AM  

danvon: FTFA:If you happen to find one of these beautiful timepieces tucked away at a garage sale you might want to buy it. Pocket watches can sell for mega-money, like the world's most expensive, a 1920 Patek Philippe Supercomplication. In 2014 it sold for$24-million.

In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 bucks.


I get a lot of stuff from the Goodwill website to resell, and they have unusual items all the time.  Someone doesn't want to go through Grandpa's dresser drawer of broken watches, but there will be a working Rolex in the middle of the pile, or an engraved Zippo lighter from WW2, Korea, or Vietnam.  That small camera that turns out to be a rare European brand.

Estate auctions are the best, especially if the owner was into off-beat hobbies (radios, electronics, etc.).  Tube-powered test gear that no one has an idea of what it's for can bring $$$ on eBay.  Turntables are getting good money right now, and old Ham radios always have a buyer.  A lot of antique tube radios aren't worth the cost to ship, but you can part them out because someone needs an original audio interstage transformer to get his great-grandpa's radio working.  Handmade quilts for under $50.  Vintage clothing that Gen Z would kill for.
 
2022-10-02 10:31:05 AM  

IRestoreFurniture: Notable things I have gotten at garage sales (not thirfts, that's a whole other animal)

A set of Anchor Hocking Soreno bowls in Avocado.

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This literally started my glassware/ceramic collecting.  From which I have recently retired.  I only go for "grail" type items now which is any NIB Pyrex and anything exceedingly rare, like certain Clappison era Hornsea.
The guy almost gave them away to me, and well, the bug was implanted and I now have a collection that is well, rather "bulky" to store.


One of the cooler things I got and use at least weekly is an 8x loupe.  It's for film, but works for lots of other things.


A piece of Pyrex showed up on the Goodwill site a year or two ago.  It was a pattern that didn't go into production, so it was a test piece that was never meant to leave the factory.  Went for $8000+.
 
2022-10-02 10:36:13 AM  
As young, broke, new parents, we would cruise garage sales in the rich neighborhoods nearby.  Scored stuff like almost-new Peg Perego baby gear for far less than new Step 2 or equivalent would have cost usn lasted longer and worked better.

Also ALMOST bought a basket-case Porsche 914/6 for a couple hundred at a sale, but didn't have time to work on it so I reluctantly passed.
 
2022-10-02 10:36:15 AM  
A few years back a buddy and I were on a drive through central Alberta, just going through random small towns. In one of these towns, we saw signs for an estate sale, so we stopped.

The owner was moving to a retirement home, and just trying to get rid of stuff.

"Make an offer on anything you see, everything is for sale," we were told.

We wandered around, checking things out. There was a fresh baked apple pie on the kitchen counter.

"How much for the pie?"

"But we just made it for tonight."

"You said everything is for sale."

"Fine. Five bucks."

Best. Pie. Ever.
 
2022-10-02 10:38:03 AM  

Cafe Threads: I discovered how to talk to pregnant people at one garage sale.

As I waddled up the driveway, looking for baby blankets and whatnot for my firstborn, the two women running the sale started asking me the usual questions. Discovering that it was my first, one woman cut off the other and told me her story.

"They had to TELL me I was in labor. A few pushes later, the baby came out!"

People, THIS is how you speak to the first-time pregnant. NOT like my mother's best friend, who told me about how her last baby got stuck sideways coming out.


When I was in college, I was friends with a returning student, lady in her 40s, and she made a point of telling her story for exactly the same reason. She was getting close to her due date, her midwife came to check on her and did the exam while she was talking to her mom, complaining about how her back ached and she had the worst indigestion. Midwife looks up and says "you're eight centimeters dilated. Hang up the phone so we can get you set up to deliver." Baby showed up about an hour later with no complications and very little pain.
 
2022-10-02 10:49:08 AM  
I haven't found anything exceedingly great, but at one estate sale (whole house) I walked into one room and saw essentially my wife and me. One side was crochet, knitting, tatting, cross stitch, and other thread crafts. The other side was cameras, video cameras, and slide and movie projectors. Probably five shoe boxes of 8mm home movies.

My wife was thrilled to get a big stack of magazines, including a few issues of Doilies, Doilies, Doilies. For myself, an Argus C3 brick camera.
 
2022-10-02 10:51:41 AM  
So the 40 secret finds in the article are the 40 broadest categories of things that exist in the world?

get work. you're doing terrific
 
2022-10-02 10:53:18 AM  
The best deal I found was an almost new 1 HP Baldor electric motor a few years ago. There was no price tag on it, so I asked the woman running the sale how much she wanted. "How about ten bucks? It's my husband's, he's not here, but I know it's worth that."

I tried my best to keep a good poker face. I sure as hell wasn't going to let on that it was worth many times that. They go for over $500 new.

"Deal!"

I could imagine the uncomfortable conversation later at her house. "Honey, how much did you get for the motor?"

It's now driving the grain mill I use for home brewing.
 
2022-10-02 10:54:49 AM  

lonomoholo: "The missus and I did a small garage sale to get rid of a ton of old clothes from her dead parents and my weight loss and her weight loss etc. back in the 90s.  We were headed to the Led Zepplin concert a week later for our birthdays, planning on using the $ to spend a extra night in Orlando and maybe have a nice dinner out."

Zeppelin broke up in 1980


Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, the founding members of Led Zeppelin, toured together in support of their album, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded.

They played the Orlando Arena on March 7, 1995.
 
2022-10-02 10:56:02 AM  
Not a garage sale, but back when I was buying and selling storage units, I accidently ended up with a meth lab.

Lots of equipment in the unit.  Machine parts, tools, etc...   It looked like a metal shop, which is why we bought it.   When we got into it, there were lots of marine appliances that used ammonia, chemicals, pressure vessels, etc...   After we had moved everything out and to the house, the guy in the neighboring unit came over and asked if there were [an amazingly accurate list of stuff] in the unit.  I asked how he knew that and he said he was a chemistry professor at the UW, and could smell it when they cooked.

So we called the popo, thinking they might want to know about meth being cooked in a storage unit.  You know, maybe find the prior tenants and investigate and all that other cool cops stuff we all see on TV.

Cops, two separate jurisdictions:  no1curr

/ Every half an hour someone's captured and the cops move them along
 
2022-10-02 10:56:33 AM  
A friend of mine found a signed autograph of her x-husband at a garage sale.

/x-husband was a "praise musician" that used to tour around the country grifting performing at churches.
 
2022-10-02 10:59:17 AM  

chewd: A friend of mine found a signed autograph of her x-husband at a garage sale.

/x-husband was a "praise musician" that used to tour around the country grifting performing at churches.


I have frequently thought about putting together an old time gospel band and doing the church circuit.

Not for the grift, but because old timey gospel is farkin' fantastic fun.

/ And the grift
 
2022-10-02 11:00:46 AM  
2$ bbq veggie basket
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2$ for both of these cast iron pieces
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2022-10-02 11:03:39 AM  
Back in the 90's I found a perfect condition 10'1" longboard (surfboard, not skateboard, obviously) for ten bucks. It was already vintage at the time and probably would have been several hundred dollars when it was new, and god knows what it would cost these days. It was heavy enough that you didn't really surf on it--you kinda pointed it the direction you wanted to go and you let wave and God figure everything else out.

For some reason that made sense to me and my group of friends, we painted a giant gothic Iron Cross on the bottom of it and called it The Bishop, from the Monty Python sketch. It was a thing of wonder and beauty. When you walked out onto the beach with that, everyone else with their puny little 6" surfboards looked at you like you were a primitive surf god, and they damn well stayed out of your way when you took a wave.

I left it at my parents house when I moved out to the West Coast, and supposedly my nephews are still riding The Bishop today. It remains a timeless monster.

/Best ten bucks I ever spent
 
2022-10-02 11:07:08 AM  
My father went to a garage sale, saw a chainsaw and haggled to buy it for $20 instead of $40.  They were selling it because it was useless. Didn't cut.

My father took it home, turned the chain around and suddenly had a $200 saw for $20. Worked great.
 
2022-10-02 11:07:21 AM  

Floki: lonomoholo: "The missus and I did a small garage sale to get rid of a ton of old clothes from her dead parents and my weight loss and her weight loss etc. back in the 90s.  We were headed to the Led Zepplin concert a week later for our birthdays, planning on using the $ to spend a extra night in Orlando and maybe have a nice dinner out."

Zeppelin broke up in 1980

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, the founding members of Led Zeppelin, toured together in support of their album, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded.

They played the Orlando Arena on March 7, 1995.


I stand corrected. Thank you.
 
2022-10-02 11:07:33 AM  

indy_kid: danvon: FTFA:If you happen to find one of these beautiful timepieces tucked away at a garage sale you might want to buy it. Pocket watches can sell for mega-money, like the world's most expensive, a 1920 Patek Philippe Supercomplication. In 2014 it sold for$24-million.

In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 bucks.

I get a lot of stuff from the Goodwill website to resell, and they have unusual items all the time.  Someone doesn't want to go through Grandpa's dresser drawer of broken watches, but there will be a working Rolex in the middle of the pile, or an engraved Zippo lighter from WW2, Korea, or Vietnam.  That small camera that turns out to be a rare European brand.

Estate auctions are the best, especially if the owner was into off-beat hobbies (radios, electronics, etc.).  Tube-powered test gear that no one has an idea of what it's for can bring $$$ on eBay.  Turntables are getting good money right now, and old Ham radios always have a buyer.  A lot of antique tube radios aren't worth the cost to ship, but you can part them out because someone needs an original audio interstage transformer to get his great-grandpa's radio working.  Handmade quilts for under $50.  Vintage clothing that Gen Z would kill for.


I can only assume that you've never seen the movie Trading Places, or you meant to respond to someone else.

Anyway, I have a Philco radio/turntable made in 1946 that I got at a garage sale for $10.00. The turntable only plays 78s. It has A.M, police band, and shortwave. Obviously, the police band doesn't pick anything up nowadays. The shortwave is fun. I can always get Radio Havana. But on a good night, I can pick up RFE out of the Czech Republic, a few stations out of China, a Japanese station that has a program that teaches Japanese to English speakers, and a few others I can't recognize the language. Sounds like it might be something from South-Eastern Asia, but I'm not familiar enough with those languages to distinguish between something like Lao,  and Khmer, for example.

Then of course, there's a whacko religious station that's always on.
 
2022-10-02 11:09:29 AM  

Pextor: So, basically everything people have a yard sales. Except not the stuff they actually have.


basically
 
2022-10-02 11:09:32 AM  
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This got me and my brother through many a long boring roadtrip.
$2 at a garage sale... even came with good batteries.
 
2022-10-02 11:11:20 AM  

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This got me and my brother through many a long boring roadtrip.
$2 at a garage sale... even came with good batteries.


I had that exact game when I was a kid. The lid on the pitching remote was broken off on mine too.
 
2022-10-02 11:11:29 AM  

Gunboat: My post will technically meet the "discovery" requirement:

Came off the heels of a bitter, litigated divorce in a small town where everyone sided with my (now ex-) wife. Even the school secretaries worked to minimize my contact with my children.
New lover and I had to leave town, and I got a job five hundred miles away.  Had a garage sale of 90% of the stuff from the failed marriage. Made it all go away. Walked away with $2500 and I discovered that stuff is overrated, as I missed none of it.


How much did you get for your ex?
 
2022-10-02 11:19:33 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Cafe Threads: I discovered how to talk to pregnant people at one garage sale.

As I waddled up the driveway, looking for baby blankets and whatnot for my firstborn, the two women running the sale started asking me the usual questions. Discovering that it was my first, one woman cut off the other and told me her story.

"They had to TELL me I was in labor. A few pushes later, the baby came out!"

People, THIS is how you speak to the first-time pregnant. NOT like my mother's best friend, who told me about how her last baby got stuck sideways coming out.

Telling horror stories to pregnant women has been a psychotic tradition for way too damn long, anyone that even starts that shiat should be stopped and admonished once, and then tossed out of their ass.  Do you tell a guy with cancer about people you've known that died in terrible pain despite everything anyone could do - or tell someone with a broken arm about that one lady that had to have his amputated when they broke theirs?  Pregnant women are scared enough about the whole thing, they don't need a bunch of doom bullshiat

/people do not farking think


Of course they do. They think about themselves and what heroic martyrs they are. That's where those stories come from, their cravings for validation.
 
2022-10-02 11:21:42 AM  
My neighbors (late 20's couple) were moving and having a yard sale. They had a box of books, so I figured I'd take a look. I come across a book labeled "sex position of the day". 365 positions to try for a year. Needless to say I didn't need to know that about them.  But since they made me uncomfortable I felt I should make them uncomfortable right back.
Wife was collecting  money, so I went up to the table with the book and said "Just this. Hope it works better for me." Her eyes got kinda wide and she says "Uh....two dollars." As I was leaving, I hear her say "Hey honey, need to talk to you for a second..."
 
2022-10-02 11:23:06 AM  
I saw this oddly shaped wooden disc with a brass ring around the edges. They explained it was a discus used by a Polish Olympian track and field candidate from the 60's. How in the hell it ended up there I have no idea. But hey $4. I'll find some obscure use for it someday
 
2022-10-02 11:23:14 AM  
I have never been to a yard sale or garage sale nor have I ever hosted/held such a thing. Not even sure if I'm allowed to what with the HOA and all that.
 
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