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2018-04-17 07:29:07 AM  
Yes I must say I got a real good deal on my kids. They were a little on the pricey side, but assured I will get my moneys worth out of the spare parts.
 
2018-04-17 07:45:47 AM  
Well this centerpiece for my coffee table makes me laugh, and I like the bottle it came with.

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2018-04-17 07:49:25 AM  

kdawg7736: Well this centerpiece for my coffee table makes me laugh, and I like the bottle it came with.

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Only 4 remote controls.... Disappointing
 
2018-04-17 07:51:21 AM  
I picked up the corner clamps for $0.50. I bought a fourth one, but still saved a few bucks. They come in handy when making cases.
 
2018-04-17 08:05:27 AM  
subby's mom.
 
2018-04-17 08:08:41 AM  
Lots of books, back in the day.  This is actually how I discovered James Ellroy, in the late 80s
 
2018-04-17 08:11:06 AM  

kdawg7736: Well this centerpiece for my coffee table makes me laugh, and I like the bottle it came with.

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The cat seems to have nothing but contempt for it.
 
2018-04-17 08:17:41 AM  
Got a little 15 watt Yamaha guitar amp at a garage sale for $10 once.  Was my got-to practice amp for like 5 years.  Sold it to a friend for $20 when I moved.
 
2018-04-17 08:18:09 AM  

Petit_Merdeux: kdawg7736: Well this centerpiece for my coffee table makes me laugh, and I like the bottle it came with.

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The cat seems to have nothing but contempt for it.


So, cat.
 
2018-04-17 08:25:14 AM  
Tupperware pitcher.
 
2018-04-17 08:32:40 AM  
I bought an old camera once. Everyone I took a picture of died in a tragic accident 12 hours later though. It was pretty cool. I also bought a Smurf lunchbox. It kept my food dry.
 
2018-04-17 08:33:13 AM  
A potato peeler.
My potato peeler is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
Without me, my potato peeler  is useless. Without my potato peeler, I am useless. I must wield my potato peeler true. I must peel straighter than my potato who is trying to kill me. I must peel him before he shoots out potato eyes. I will...
 
2018-04-17 08:35:21 AM  
Sex toys. Who wants a dildo that doesn't know it's way around?
 
2018-04-17 09:05:51 AM  
I bought a LeCoultre Atmos clock that is still running 7 years later. That's pretty cool. I also bought a NOS Le Creuset bean pot that's kind of awesome. So, yeah, I find stuff all the time.
 
2018-04-17 09:10:15 AM  

FlashHarry: I bought a LeCoultre Atmos clock that is still running 7 years later. That's pretty cool. I also bought a NOS Le Creuset bean pot that's kind of awesome. So, yeah, I find stuff all the time.


Congrats.  That clock is way cool, not just pretty cool!  I was trying to find one for awhile but gave up since the only ones I came across needed to be refurbished or were just too much money.

Any pics?
 
2018-04-17 09:12:00 AM  

WhiskeyBender: I bought an old camera once. Everyone I took a picture of died in a tragic accident 12 hours later though. It was pretty cool. I also bought a Smurf lunchbox. It kept my food dry.


Mind if I borrow the camera? I have to take a group photo of Congress later.
 
2018-04-17 09:15:56 AM  
Paid $3 for this, new in the box.  Turned around and sold it on E-bay for about $120.

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2018-04-17 09:16:53 AM  
A heavy duty lawn & garden garbage bag so full of Legos that it tore loose as I hefted it into the bed of my truck. Price tag: $10. The seller was a 12-13 year old boy who decided to sell his old toys to buy video game stuff. Asked him twice if he was sure about the price. Glanced over to his mother just to make sure. She silently nodded. Gave the kid a twenty.

 /nearly filled an old USAAF footlocker
//grandkids'll never run out of 'em
///the legos, not the footlocker
 
2018-04-17 09:18:54 AM  

neritz: WhiskeyBender: I bought an old camera once. Everyone I took a picture of died in a tragic accident 12 hours later though. It was pretty cool. I also bought a Smurf lunchbox. It kept my food dry.

Mind if I borrow the camera? I have to take a group photo of Congress later.


Sure! Just don't forget and take a selfie.

/sorry mom
 
2018-04-17 09:22:36 AM  
found a 1970's cuisnart about 10 years ago (which is just a rebranded industrial french robo-coup). still use it today. weighs about 40 lbs, can deal with pretty much anything.
 
2018-04-17 09:32:07 AM  

Richard Saunders: A heavy duty lawn & garden garbage bag so full of Legos that it tore loose as I hefted it into the bed of my truck. Price tag: $10. The seller was a 12-13 year old boy who decided to sell his old toys to buy video game stuff. Asked him twice if he was sure about the price. Glanced over to his mother just to make sure. She silently nodded. Gave the kid a twenty.

 /nearly filled an old USAAF footlocker
//grandkids'll never run out of 'em
///the legos, not the footlocker


You've probably got about 2grand worth of legos there. My son, now 42, is still a lego addict and does competitions on the internet.  Recently sold a kit we paid about 30 bucks for on ebaby for 230$.
 
2018-04-17 09:32:39 AM  
Before garage sales became insanely priced non-retail stores for people looking to make side income on Saturday, you could actually find a bargain.  A friend of mine in college and I would drive around, he would go and add to his record collection (picking up 60's, 70's and 80's records) while I would peruse and see what fun stuff I could find that was just cheap.

My best find was a working Mac SE with keyboard and mouse for $5.  Brought back a lot of memories (I grew up with a mac).  It lasted for a few months before the screen died.  Then it lived in my garage.  Then it somehow (glares at my wife) did not make it on the moving truck to our new residence.
 
2018-04-17 09:41:04 AM  

Gubbo: kdawg7736: Well this centerpiece for my coffee table makes me laugh, and I like the bottle it came with.

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Only 4 remote controls.... Disappointing


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2018-04-17 09:43:29 AM  
Vintage Big E Levis.

Bought for $3 sold for $775 on ebay.

(bit of a hobby)
 
2018-04-17 09:43:59 AM  
hardly go any longer. too many times i have bought stuff from seemingly nice people and the items were filled with flea or coach roach eggs. even power tools and metal filing cabinets with bug eggs in them. wtf.
 
2018-04-17 10:02:49 AM  

oldernell: Richard Saunders: A heavy duty lawn & garden garbage bag so full of Legos that it tore loose as I hefted it into the bed of my truck. Price tag: $10. The seller was a 12-13 year old boy who decided to sell his old toys to buy video game stuff. Asked him twice if he was sure about the price. Glanced over to his mother just to make sure. She silently nodded. Gave the kid a twenty.

 /nearly filled an old USAAF footlocker
//grandkids'll never run out of 'em
///the legos, not the footlocker

You've probably got about 2grand worth of legos there. My son, now 42, is still a lego addict and does competitions on the internet.  Recently sold a kit we paid about 30 bucks for on ebaby for 230$.


Huh. Never even considered that. I just knew kids enjoy them* and the little kits I'd seen in stores were a bit pricey. I bought them when my granddaughter was but a year old, figuring they'd eventually come in handy. She's now eight, and lil' brother is five. Reckon if/when the time comes they're ready to part with them, well, we just might insist on more than ten bucks! - LOL-

Thanks for the tip.

*Growing up, my brother and I shared six toys. None of them were Legos. Our "rich" friend next street over had them...AND all the cool GI Joe stuff!

/a quarter section of a coconut shell makes a wonderful pretend boat
//lizards make good "clamp-on" earrings
///if you put salt on a bird's tail you can catch it
////fourth because you NEVER tell mom you're bored...she'll give you chores
 
2018-04-17 10:23:09 AM  
After my Grandmother's death, I received her gravy boat, which came from the Canonsburg Yellow Rose Simplicity pattern. Several years later,during my town's annual town-wide garage sale, I scored a complete set of Canonsburg Yellow Rose china for 12, including serving pieces, for just $10. I now use it as my "good" china.
 
2018-04-17 10:43:24 AM  
In the DC area, you can find some amazing stuff at yard sales.  With a large transient population of well
paid people, you are always finding fun stuff.

I got a Samsung Chromebook (2013 vintage XE303C12) for $25 that I now use as my travel computer instead of an Android tablet.  I also found an Epson ActionLaser for $10, and even though I had to spend
$100 for a toner cartridge, it's a bargain that still works fine for me.  I've also gotten countless older PCs
(one was a Dell GX260 pizza box for $1 that runs a low overhead Linux distro just peachy), a 4th generation Kindle, and countless USB cables of various types for $1 or less, and laptop bags galore.

But the best yard sale find of all goes to my wife:  she was getting ready for a trip and needed a
backpack, and found a decent one at a church sale for $5.  Once she got it home, she was going
through the side pockets and found €95 (then worth about $125).
 
2018-04-17 11:02:07 AM  

WhiskeyBender: I bought an old camera once. Everyone I took a picture of died in a tragic accident 12 hours later though. It was pretty cool. I also bought a Smurf lunchbox. It kept my food dry.


Where did I hear a story like that before....oh yeah:

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2018-04-17 11:06:09 AM  
Got a pair of DCM QED speakers for $8 in rough cosmetic shape. Sanded off all the black paint and the walnut underneath was in great condition! Stained and oiled them and put new foam "socks" on them, and they sound absolutely amazing. Very close to my Vandersteen 1Bs... for $8.

I also snagged a craftsman professional grade 13.2v drill with a charger but a very dead battery for $5. Got a new battery on Amazon and have been using it ever since.

Best score was a Sony PS-LX5 turntable and STR-7045 receiver at an estate sale. Receiver sounded amazing after some cleaning up, but the turntable was the real gem.

Charles.
 
2018-04-17 11:16:46 AM  
My family had a "garage sale" Christmas back in 1982 wherein you drew a name and had to find something for that person at a garage sale. The kicker was that it had to be something that the person selling had priced insanely low because they knew it wouldn't sell.

My father ended up with a 20" tall bright blue plaster bust of Queen Nefertiti that Was probably form someone's ceramics class. We had a laugh over it, and then he regifted it the next year with his name and last years date on it. It's been going around the family ever since and has recorded births, deaths, and marriages ever since.

My mother just took a cutout of Nefertiti on a 42-day trip to Europe and is sending back pictures.

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2018-04-17 11:24:16 AM  

BunkyBrewman: Congrats.  That clock is way cool, not just pretty cool!  I was trying to find one for awhile but gave up since the only ones I came across needed to be refurbished or were just too much money.

Any pics?


It's pretty freaking cool. I have another one - a round face from the 1950s - but it needs refurbished, and that costs a lot.

Here's the working one, from the 1970s.

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2018-04-17 11:34:11 AM  
Jackstands. Used them a lot.
 
2018-04-17 11:39:29 AM  
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Got this cool ice cream scoop.
 
2018-04-17 11:43:21 AM  
I got a Colecovision for $10 with 3 games in the 1990s.  All in box (not new, though).  System does still work, but I had to get some chips re-done and source a replacement power supply along the way each of which cost notably more than the original purchase price.
 
2018-04-17 11:43:43 AM  

Hooferatheart: [img.fark.net image 340x270]
Got this cool ice cream scoop.


go have a seat over there------->
/thanks for the laugh :)
 
2018-04-17 11:53:23 AM  
An entire box full of wrasslin' dvds for $15.  My son has been selling them on eBay.  We've cleared over $100 so far with over 50 left to sell.
 
2018-04-17 11:59:40 AM  
In 1994, I was at a yard sale and picked up a five drawer dresser with a few scratches but otherwise solid as a rock.  I'm still using it.  Don't remember what I paid for it, but it was pretty cheap.
 
2018-04-17 12:00:08 PM  
I got an entire set of Revere Ware, with lids, with sticker still inside and the tea kettle included for $10. Everything except the tea kettle was unused. Woman who sold it to us knew exactly what it was. It has been a wedding gift and since she was divorcing the guy she wanted to get rid of everything that reminded her of him.
 
2018-04-17 12:02:26 PM  

neritz: WhiskeyBender: I bought an old camera once. Everyone I took a picture of died in a tragic accident 12 hours later though. It was pretty cool. I also bought a Smurf lunchbox. It kept my food dry.

Mind if I borrow the camera? I have to take a group photo of Congress later.


... Don't forget your appointment at the next Trump speech.
 
2018-04-17 12:32:33 PM  

kdawg7736: WhiskeyBender: I bought an old camera once. Everyone I took a picture of died in a tragic accident 12 hours later though. It was pretty cool. I also bought a Smurf lunchbox. It kept my food dry.

Where did I hear a story like that before....oh yeah:

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2018-04-17 12:38:44 PM  

Billy Liar: kdawg7736: WhiskeyBender: I bought an old camera once. Everyone I took a picture of died in a tragic accident 12 hours later though. It was pretty cool. I also bought a Smurf lunchbox. It kept my food dry.

Where did I hear a story like that before....oh yeah:

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Submitted for your approval...
 
2018-04-17 12:54:48 PM  
I bought a small pair of smooth jaw long-nose pliers at a flea market sometime around 1973, I think.  They are still my favorite and I use them all the time for electronic work.
 
2018-04-17 01:31:36 PM  
Yard sailing is my wife and I's excuse to spend time together.  We both love it.  We have found numerous good deals:
An outdoor glider love seat made from teak - $5.00
Bose 301 speakers without a scratch and cones intact - $10.00
Yamaha Pacifica electric guitar in fair condition - $5.00
A Seymour Duncan Convertible 100 guitar amp, great shape - $50.00 (my best find!)
100's of LP's for cheap
A shoebox of Magic the Gathering cards, not just commons but rares too (this for my son who plays competitively) - $8.00
Many a Manga for my son for cheap

I could go on and on.  We have had our own yard sales and always mark our stuff cheap just to see the look in peoples eyes when they find stuff they want.  Early bird, low bid, flea market people are the worst!
 
2018-04-17 02:37:08 PM  

kdawg7736: WhiskeyBender: I bought an old camera once. Everyone I took a picture of died in a tragic accident 12 hours later though. It was pretty cool. I also bought a Smurf lunchbox. It kept my food dry.

Where did I hear a story like that before....oh yeah:

[vignette.wikia.nocookie.net image 200x295]


The have a scary story about a Smurf lunchbox? I'm intrigued.
 
2018-04-17 02:44:56 PM  
I found some random wood coasters that were handcarved, and a matching bowl all for $2, with an african pattern to them. they are really nice, though I'm not sure they're worth anything

Also bought a side table at one around the corner from my house for $40 (artist piece using natural wood "sticks" around the base. I walked by like twice before deciding to do it, and then the guy was kind enough to carry some stuff back to the house with me (I bought some glasses etc). I mentioned I was going to the brewery and wouldn't be home, so after I left, and they closed down, he brought over all the other things I had looked at while I was there that didn't sell including this little gem (yes, what you assume is behind the shield is in fact, behind the shield.
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2018-04-17 03:05:26 PM  
Bought a hideous pipe-cleaner Christmas tree for $1.  All of the tiny ornaments that were attached to it were old Cracker Jack prizes.  It took an hour to detach all of them, but I ended up selling them all on eBay...made about $150.
 
2018-04-17 04:49:46 PM  

FlashHarry: BunkyBrewman: Congrats.  That clock is way cool, not just pretty cool!  I was trying to find one for awhile but gave up since the only ones I came across needed to be refurbished or were just too much money.

Any pics?

It's pretty freaking cool. I have another one - a round face from the 1950s - but it needs refurbished, and that costs a lot.

Here's the working one, from the 1970s.

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oooohhhhhhh

Thanks for posting the pic.  One of these days I'll find one in the wild that works that isn't an arm and a leg. (hopefully)
 
2018-04-17 05:32:48 PM  

BunkyBrewman: Thanks for posting the pic.  One of these days I'll find one in the wild that works that isn't an arm and a leg. (hopefully)


I gambled on this one. I think I paid $450 for it and just hoped it would work. It was locked properly when I bought it, which is a good sign. My other one worked for about 4 months before it died.
 
2018-04-17 06:44:14 PM  

Hooferatheart: [img.fark.net image 340x270]
Got this cool ice cream scoop.


That would go great with the examination table (complete with stirrups) I bought at an auction for $5. Planned to make it into a small work bench, but didn't get the chance to.
 
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