Selling select items bought at yard sales can be a great way to make some extra money. This guide is about buying garage sale items to resell.
Do you have a garage sale purchase that you are particularly proud of? Feel free to post it below.
January 19, 2011
I was at a sale and there were 2 big rubbermaid tubs full of dishes. They were heavy weight and looked to be high quality. I bought both for 20 and there turned out to have every piece of china that had been with the pattern. 20 piece service! According to replacments.com $650 worth of dishes! They were a mother in law's who had passed away and nobody wanted. Well I love them and use them daily.
I love eBay and have been very lucky at finding valuable items to sell on ebay at garage sales. My latest "coup", a Getzen trumpet that I paid $25 for, and sold on eBay for $750. I invested $120 in having the trumpet professionally cleaned and checked out. I offered free next-day delivery with buy-it-now, and sold the trumpet in four days. Including the high cost of the shipping, and the ebay/paypal fees, I still netted almost $500!
That isn't the best part, though. My wife and I happen to live in an area that most yard and garage sales feature a lot of decorative brass items - candlesticks, animals, planters, and such - and most people are anxious to get rid of their brass items. Maybe it is because of the time spent keeping the brass polished, but for whatever reason, we are able to pick up a lot of brass each weekend for pennies on the dollar. We then cash in our brass at a recycling center. Lately, brass has paid as little as $1.75/lb. up to $2.10/lb. Our best weekend ever was just over $120 for brass that we had invested less than $30 in. We use the brass money to cover our gasoline expense on our garage sale days and usually have enough surplus to treat ourselves to a nice dinner out or to simply add to our "stash".