Best time of the year outside of Christmas! And if you’re *really* smooth you can even start your Christmas shopping early at these yard sales too, haha… Who doesn’t like some old books or 100 year old antiques? Come on now! It’s fun for the whole family! ;)
I’ve actually already began partaking in these sales too, courtesy of our local flea markets which have started up again. Check out all these goodies I got last weekend:
- Handful of old crosses @ $1.50 — I collect all kinds of old and unique ones :)
- Cowboy boots @ $10.00 — Bargained down from $15! I liked them so much that I literally just put them on for the rest of the time I was walking around the market, haha… and had 2 people tell me they were awesome! (And also that they probably run for $150-$200, which I believe considering the only other pair I’ve ever picked up before was around there too)
- “White Fang” book @ 50¢ — From 1914!
- “Little Women” book @ $1.00 — For my wife ;)
- “Principles and Practice of Gynecology” book @ $2.00 — From 1904, which will fit nicely under the “health” section of my library, haha… Right next to the “How to get strong” book! :)
- Cobra cane with sword inside @ $30.00 — Bargained down from $50 for our giveaway site, Take Our Stuff ;) We normally don’t spend too much money on things, but I thought this made for an interesting giveaway so we’ll see if it pans out.
- Old Battleship board game @ $1.50 — Remember that game? Used to be so fun! Will also probably give away on TakeOurStuff down the road – maybe an “old game package” or something.
- Necklace with a coin pendant @ $2.00 — I wasn’t too familiar with this coin (A British penny from the late 1800’s), but I figured it was worth a shot picking up just in case it was worth something… Turns out it was worth exactly $2.00 in it’s condition, haha, I kid you not.
- Broach w/ a coin on it @ $1.50 — From the same place I got that pendant, and of course also picked it up for the same reason – in case it was valuable! This coin was a gold colored one from 1969 (a “Centavo” from the Republica de Columbia) and figured the pay off would be MUCH higher if it were indeed gold ;) But of course it was indeed NOT, haha… Still fun dreaming though!
- An old map @ 50¢ — Already being given away on TakeOurStuff! Haha…
- Set of 4 vintage Gilette metal razors @ $4.00 — This was probably the best bargain of the day considering some of these guys fetch $30+ alone! I don’t know which of the ones I have are worth more than the others, but they’re VERY interesting finds to say the least. And for only a buck a piece you can’t go wrong!
So a total of $22.50 spent on myself, and $32.00 spent on my projects... Not too bad. I reckon there’s at least a couple hundred dollars in value there should I feel all cluttered down the road and want to unload them which is nice. But really it’s all about the thrill of the hunt anyways and seeing what you can find :) Like a modern day treasure hunt, if you will.
I guess that’s the point of today’s
bragging sharing – it’s a fun way to enjoy the whether and pick up some goodies on the cheap :) And you meet a ton of interesting people too. It’s not for everyone, of course, but I recommend at least trying it out once to see what you think.
Want to join me this weekend? See who comes out with the biggest deal? :) “Best thing under $10.00 wins a prize!” Haha… That would be fun… here are some tips if you’re going out for the first time in a while – good luck!
PS: Here were the bargains I found at the start of last year’s season: All my booty. Little did I know it would kick off a new hobby (and obsession) for me: coin collecting :)