Treasures, treasures everywhere! Wahooooooooooooo!! Two weekends in a row now shopping up a storm, and I must say I feel like a 13 year old again when I used to rock the sales w/ my mom back in the day (awwwwwww). Not only did she instill the love of a good bargain in my genes, but also the adventures of it all no matter where lived :) And being a military brat, we’ve hit up yard sales all across the world from California to Korea – with each one being just as exciting as the last cuz you never know what you’re gonna find!!
To me, it’s like modern day treasure hunting :) And if that picture up there is any indication of what’s to come the rest of this yard sale season, you can bet your sweet ass I’ll be one happy blogger over here. It’s amazing what people don’t want anymore!
Here’s a list of all my steals over the weekend:
- Realistic FM Concertmaster Stereo ($15.00) – This one I actually got at the Salvation Army after hitting the yard sales (which is why it cost a bit more), but it totally blew the pants off me when I plugged it in. For something that’s over 40 years old – and from Radioshack actually (hah!) – it sure does fill a room up :) And it fits nicely on the shelves of my new library – replacing the $150+ stereo I WAS gonna buy instead for it. Check out this awesome ad for it at the Radio Museum which shows it used to sell for $70 bucks…. which was probably like $200 back then!
- Old school books for my library ($10.00) – Love these!! Especially since I got them all bargained down from $3.00 a piece :) Here are the titles I picked up:
- The American Claimant by Mark Twain (1897)
- Stories From Dickens by Walker McSpadden (1924)
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1940)
- Travels With Charlie by John Steinbeck (1962)
- and Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1962)
- Redskins onesie! ($0.50) – Gotta make sure my boy knows who the best team in the league is ;) And maybe by the time he’s grown up enough to understand football, we’ll actually have a winning season! Haha… praying that RG3 does his magic!
- Skull mug ($1.00) – From World Market, actually too – pretty sweet. I probably could have bargained it down a bit, but the Mrs. was giving me the evil eye so I had to hurry up and snatch it up before she told me not to… for some reason chicks don’t like skulls much ;) Which reminds me, I still have to pick up that skull bank we listed here a while back! Love that thing!)
- Indian knife set ($3.50) – This was probably my favorite find of the bunch – a hand carved knife set made in India back in the 60’s (I googled to find out) and each side of the sheath has either a knife or a two-prong fork thingie – with locks in place, and all. I was hoping it was worth more than the $20-$35 I saw it for sale online, but it’s still a nice piece to go on display for sure. Also in my library, haha…
And then here’s the awesome currency stuff I picked up!
- $1.00 Silver Certificates (4 of them for only $9.00 total!) – I know I know, they’re technically only worth $1.00, haha, but in reality you can sell them for anywhere from $7-$15 ;) Which I probably won’t anyways since they’re nice additions to my currency collection – even though I actually found one in circulation (aka my pockets) the other year – remember that?
- 1822 U.S. Penny ($12.50) – That thing is the size of a quarter! Haha… but pretty damn cool it’s almost 200 years old :) I found all these coins at this guy’s table that was set up at a flea market I came across while yard sale’ing. The guy had been collecting for 50 years now, how crazy is that?? Everything he had was marked down 50% off of “value,” but obviously no one really pays full price anyways. Was fun chatting with him for a handful of minutes though and learning too :)
- 1621 Spanish Reale/Copper ($7.50) – This was one of my favorite of the coins because of *how* they used to make them: they’d mold the circles themselves, and then stamp the two sides w/ the seals and info :) So they’re a lot more raised than the coins we have in modern day. But can you imagine? Holding something that’s 400 years old? I love this stuff.
- 1665 Spanish coin ($2.50) – I’m not sure if I believe it all the way, but apparently this thing had been found in an old ship wreck off the coast of Guam I wanna say (I think that’s what he told me?). I feel like they should be worth a helluva lot more than a handful of bucks, but then again I know absolutely nothing about coin collecting – just that it’s fun :) And since I don’t have any old shipwreck coins, I’m gonna stick with the story, hehe…
- U.S. Liberty Copper Coin ($5.00) – Nothing too special about this one other than it being 1 oz. of copper which I don’t own yet :) And a far cry from the $1,900 I spent on the 1 oz of gold last month! Haha… pretty crazy how metal can differ in value eh?
- 1904 Indian Head Penny (Free) – Since I bought a handful of his coins, he just threw this one in for me :) It’s only worth a few bucks at that, but another nice addition to my collection for sure. He was a really nice guy.
Pretty neat, huh? So it looks like I spent about $60 bucks this weekend on all kinds of goodness. All of which I could have easily done without, but all which also totally improves my life ;) Music, books, and money – what’s not to enjoy? Haha… oh! And football :)
To top it all off, we then donated 5 large trash bags of clothes and un-wanted goodies to the Salvation Army – which probably paid for all of this and THEN some when it’s time to write it all off next year. So it stays within my “one in, one out” minimalism endeavors too. Woo!
If you’re into bargain hunting and old collectables, I HIGHLY recommend joining the searches on Saturday mornings. It’s amazing what you can find out there if you look hard enough. And if you’re expecting a kid like we are? Shooooooooot… 80% of the peddled goods are kid stuff! Clothes, toys, strollers, beds – you name it. It’s the only way I got the Mrs. to actually go WITH me for once – she was in heaven w/ baby stuff! And if she was a blogger too, you’d see another post full of great finds she picked up at the same time :)
Any of y’all been having some good luck w/ them too? Anyone share the love of yard sales like I do?? If so, I wish you nothing but awesomeness this next weekend! The fun continues!
PS: Always remember that you can ask for lower prices at yard sales – the sellers expect it!
PPS: Also check out this iPhone App – I use it every time: Yard Sale Tracker
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!