Yard Sale Anyone?

People often ask where I get the items that I sell. Yard sales are one of the best places!

Just because someone doesn’t want an item anymore, doesn’t make it worthless. You just have to find the person that does need it. Sometimes, you can find real treasures.

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Last summer, I noticed an ad for a yard sale in my area on Facebook. They had pictures of some of the tables of items that they were selling. On one table were some interesting looking dolls. The sign said “Byer’s Choice Carolers – $5 each or all for $100.” I did a little research online and discovered that these dolls were very collectible, and that brand new they were selling for $150 and up. The woman had 33 of these dolls, so I bought them all for $100. After one year, I only have 11 of them left. They ended up being a very good investment!

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Last week there was a yard sale to benefit the local animal shelter. My friend Jo and I went early and were glad we did! Beautiful ceramic cookie jars and banks, commemorative plates, and a variety of knick knacks. I purchased 33 plates, 3 cookie jars, 8 banks, 3 Willow Tree figures, and an assortment of little items that I thought I could sell. 4 large boxes for $54. Even if I can only get $5 each for the plates, that’s quite a profit. In the mean time, I’ve helped out our local animal shelter too.
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Tins are another great item to find at yard sales. Most times they are priced for less than a dollar a piece. Collectors of tins, particularly advertising ones, are willing to pay $10 or more for them.

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So if you happen to be out driving in your neighborhood and see a yard sale, stop and take a look. You might not find anything that you want, but you might just find exactly what you’ve been looking for.

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