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    You seem to find all the cool stuff
    Since I'm currently in south-west Louisiana, I think I'll drive over and get some of the goodies laying around



    Best yard sale find for me in the last 5 years:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RLS0812 View Post
    You seem to find all the cool stuff
    Since I'm currently in south-west Louisiana, I think I'll drive over and get some of the goodies laying around

    Best yard sale find for me in the last 5 years:
    Nice! I love the old crap ethera. What is it? It looks like cards that say to buy war bond stamps now. Was it advertising or is it the actual stamps?

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    2 decks of Buy War Bonds playing cards ... with original tax stamps and lamb leather case

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    Quote Originally Posted by RLS0812 View Post
    2 decks of Buy War Bonds playing cards ... with original tax stamps and lamb leather case
    Is it a theme you collect or more of a one off that you liked? Are they something you will keep and display or are they something to flip? I do think they are very cool and probably would have picked them if the price was right. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Buy-War-Sav...AAAOSwYUdbRsI~

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    I bought the entire set for $5 and sold it on Ebay for $16 .
    I try to keep my collections to a minimum ... the keyword is try. I mainly collect fox themed items, oddball tokens and coins, and sometimes an interesting stock or bond certificate.

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    I have a set of "high value" Iraqi peeps playing cards some place. Have never seen "Buy War Bonds" cards before. Neat!!

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    t00nces2- Thanks for posting about your father. Yes, its one of those folks in the road where there is no replay. Between myself and my wife, we've walked it 3 times, it never gets any easier. Your advice is very sound. "Should've, could've, would've" doesn't cut it after people are gone.

    This is not pointed towards t00nces2 but for us in general, from a Christian perspective, forgiveness is very important. Staying mad or even hating a person far after a hurt leads to nowhere. Its better to leave it in God's hands and move on. I have a very hard time "turning the other check" in the moment but that shouldn't be the end of the story.

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    The past couple weeks have been pretty good to the king of garage sales. I'm going to give out a tip that has netted me some of the best deals I have gotten. If you go to a sale and are checking something out and the hosts start telling you how great something is and how you need it, what they are really saying is that they are desperate to get rid of it. This proved out for me with a generator that was for sale. It was an LP generator and I was just looking for curiosity sake and they set into me. Started telling me how good a deal it was at $150 and how it had never been used and I needed it for hurricane season, blah blah blah. I told them I was just checking it out. They continued and I blurted out I would give them $50. She hedged at the same time he said, "I'll take it!" So, here I am with a NIB propane generator for $50 on Craigslist for $150. I have to say, I'm going to be fairly firm on the price as I can throw it in the front of our fifth wheel and use it to power that in the case we need it.
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    I also picked up a set of rims for a Jeep Wrangle. I asked what he wanted and I was told $10. I countered with $5 and he took it. I was really ambiguous about getting them because I will hold onto them too long trying to sell online, but I know I can dump them at the yard when I get sick of them. I have them listed for $100, but I am pretty flexible on the price.
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    I had probably the best garage sale score I have ever had today, and that is saying something. I was having a decent day. I picked up a Samsung 40" smart TV up for $60. I will probably take the TV we just bought back because neither the wife or I like the way the smart features work on it, and I'd rather spend $60 than $180.


    So I'm driving around checking sales out and I come across another big sale. I walk up and find a silver plate brass platter with $1 on it and I pick it up. I am wandering around and I see another platter and it has $50 on it. No way! Behind it is a bunch of platters/trays in a pile with what I thought was another silver plate platter under the pile. I pull it out and head to find the seller and asked since the one platter is a dollar, is the other. She says, "No, that one is silver." I say, "No way!" She flips it over and there is a Sterlin hallmark. She says, "I want $15 for this." I can't get the money out fast enough! I thank her and apologize for saying it was silver plate, that I did not mean to mislead her, I honestly thought it was plate. I scram out of there.


    I then stopped by another estate sale and picked up a bunch of silver plate that looks good enough I may list it or see if the wife wants to hang onto it to use.


    Well, I get home and throw the platter on the scale and it says 9 pounds 11+ ounces. The way I figure it, it is probably $1,500 in silver!
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    Iíve been saving some sterling, and I wondered where you are selling yours to get some solid prices per ounce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snorton1 View Post
    I’ve been saving some sterling, and I wondered where you are selling yours to get some solid prices per ounce.
    I have a coin shop that told me $10/oz. I think that is a bit low, so I am looking for a better rate. I talked to some estate sale guys I run into fairly regularly and have a couple of local leads. I am also a member of the Kitco forum (precious metal website), I know they will buy coins, and I am trying to see if Kitco will buy the platter. That may be the best place to sell, but I have yet to find out.

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    Thanks for the quick response! It helps to have a few ideas as Iíve really only dealt with jewelry sales. Like you, most jewelry comes from from garage sale finds and a few with my trusty metal detector. I must say that following your garage sale thread had inspired me to get up and out of bed on Saturday mornings.

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    I trade for all sorts of scrap silver


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    Oz and troy oz are different. Mike
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

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    Quote Originally Posted by miked View Post
    Oz and troy oz are different. Mike
    Yes, the scale weighs in regular Lb's, and oz's. I used this site to convert.... https://www.metric-conversions.org/w...roy-ounces.htm

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    Nice score, as usual!! What was the one she had $50 on...? Was that one a collectors item or she just couldn't remember how she was pricing her silver...?

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    Honestly, true silver is so rare that my assumption is that it is silver plate if it isn't steel. It was shiny and I thought she was selling it as an attractive useful plate. I doubt I even checked to make sure. In thirty years I think I have only run across that one platter that wasn't priced silver spot. I have bought some piles of silver plate odds and ends and once wound up with a plate, but true silver is so rare I don't even bother checking. Perhaps I should, but it seems a bit of a desperation move to look at the back of a plate or set that is priced at $80 to check for silver to be sneered at by the seller. You know they bristle at the thought of fingerprints on their exquisitely polished silver plated set.

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    Picked up a couple dog cages for $10 (plus a half inch torque wrench). I also picked up a nice Kenmore stove. Rigged up a cord to check it out and found the burners worked, but the oven bake and broil didn't. I took it apart to try to figure out what was wrong. The elements were fine and the thermostat was fine. I took the boards apart and found there was a point from one of the connections in one board that shorted out the other board. I thought, OK, I'll see what a new board costs and maybe fix and flip. Over $200 for the one board. SOunds like a shred job to me. I may take a look on the bay, but I have a feeling even $50 is not worth the gamble.

    The next item I got has me a bit excited. It is a bronze sculpture that was priced at $25 and I haggled it down to $20. I looked up similar bronze statues and it looks like they retail for $500 or so. I'm not sure if I will be allowed to sell it though. The cruise director has expressed and interest in adding it to the ships decorative compliments.

    Artist: Vincenzo Gemito (Italian, 1852Ė1929)
    Title: Fishing boy with basket
    Medium: bronze
    Size: 40 x 9.5 x 17.1 cm. (15.7 x 3.7 x 6.7 in.)



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    A while back I got some brass goodies that members liked and asked to buy. I'm not sure what they are, but I have some similar items that you may find interesting...
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