Ever wonder what it's like to be a full-time Ebay seller? Think it's an easy life? Allow me to introduce you to Jay & Ryanne from the ScavengerLife.com. They are two full time Ebay sellers living in rural America and making a living off things people throw away. We got a chance to ask them a few questions about their jobs as Ebay sellers and to take a peak inside the inner workings of what it takes to make this lifestyle work.
Where do you source items to sell?
We call ourselves Scavengers because we find our inventory anywhere and everywhere. Yard sales, thrift stores, auctions, flea markets. The United States is exploding in abundance and waste. We can't go outside our home and not find valuable items to sell. It's a matter of training our eyes to look for it.
What was your most exciting sale to date?
Difficult question. The highest price we've ever sold an item for is about $1000 (a vintage camera). But the most exciting sales are items that people are about to throw away and go into the landfill...until we pick it up, see the value, and sell it to someone who will gives it a new life. That happens every day.
Which 5 items are always on your watch list?
Anything made of wool, wood, leather, or metal. We love the vintage, weird items that often were produced at a much higher quality than we see these days. These items....more
There is an insane amount of pressure around Valentine's Day gifts...and we just think it's a bunch of hooey. Who says that you need to spend big bucks on a Valentine's Day gift? Anyone can throw money at a gift and be done with it. But thoughtful, homemade gifts show your loved ones that not only do you care, but you care enough to spend your own precious time making something for them.
Today we teamed up with some our favorite bloggers to bring you 14 DIY Valentine's Day Gifts that your sweetie will actually love! Take a look at the gorgeous gifts & click on through to the blog post for instructions on how to create it.
Valentine's Day Printable Coupon by CincyShopper
Beer Flowers by 30 Minute Crafts
You Rock my Socks by Freebie Finding Mom
Upcycled Heart Hand Warmers by Swoodson Says
DIY Valentine's Day Candle by Simple Saving Savvy
Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks by The Jenny Evolution
Love Potion by Smart party Planning
DIY Love Coupons by What's Up Fagans
Homemade Raspberry Sugar Scrub by Six Dollar Family
4 Ingredient Fudge by Two Healthy Kitchens....more
What is a MANtique?
According to the Urban Dictionary there are a few definitions:
"An antique or collectible that appeals mainly to men, such as old fishing rods & lures, pin-up calendars, tools, toy cars, etc."
"Super manly man antique items that would not suit ill in any type of accommodation. Mostly found in man caves, bachelor pads or any room that is designated as 'lost' in the eyes of the (possible) wife/cohabiting partner. Mantiques can appear in the form of globe bars, a knight's suit of armor, old stuff made from leather, old typewriters/camera's (preferably cased in leather), a bronze bull, a military lantern/or bell and dead trophy animals in any form or shape."
Below you will find 25 of our favorite MANtiques found on Instagram:
Got a MANtique you'd like to show us? Upload it to Instagram and tag it with the hashtag #treasurelistings. We may feature it on our profile!
One of the most important aspects of hosting a garage sale (besides advertising it online) is signage! Having legible and descriptive signs will help to organize your yard sale & make it much easier for your customers to find what they are looking for. Many of our customers have asked for downloadable signs and we've finally created a set of 17 signs that you can download & print below. We created a downloadable (and FREE!) Garage sale sign kit for you to use at your next garage sale. This sign kit includes both vertical and horizontal category signs & directional arrow signs.
What's included in this downloadable Garage Sale Sign kit?
10 Category Signs2 Directional Garage Sale Signs
How to download the sign kit
Click on this download linkThe gsalr-sign-kit.zip will download to your computerLocate your downloads and Unzip the sign kitThe signs should open in a PDF viewerPrint the signs from your computer
Walt Disney World is one of the most magical places in the world and continues to dominate as a premiere family vacation destination. With it's never-ending opportunities for fun, delightful rides, popular characters, fireworks & parades it's about as close to a happy place that we'll ever see. But as wonderful as it is, we can also agree that Disney is hard on the budget. Between the park tickets, parking, eating and shopping, there are many opportunities to spend money! The good news is that there are many websites dedicated to showing you how to save money at Disney. (we'll list a few of our favorites at the end of this blog post) However, today we thought it would be fun to show you how to use yard sales to save hundreds of dollars on your Disney vacation.
If you've ever been to Disney World before, you know that souvenirs are very expensive when purchased at the Disney gift shops. Crazy Expensive....and if you've got children, it's almost impossible to avoid the stores. It's as if they have some sort of snake charmer luring your children in to spend money! The goods news is that you CAN save money on souvenirs by purchasing them ahead of time at yard sales and secondhand stores.
Buy Disney Memorabilia Before Your Trip
In the weeks and months before your trip, you'll want....more
I don't know about you, but part of the thrill of going to yard sales has to do with the chance that I might find something valuable, something that I can turn around for a profit. Don't get me wrong, I love meeting new people and digging through their stuff, but the thought that I could strike it rich on a yard sale find, makes yard sale-ing like a modern day treasure hunt for me. I'm sure for lots of you, you get a similar high when yard sale shopping. I thought it might be a good idea to share a few ways that you turn those valuable yard sale finds into cold, hard cash. Below you will find a list of 8 ways that you can turn yard sale finds into profit:
1. Ebay is by far the most popular way to sell valuable yard sale finds. It's is great for selling vintage and antique items, designer & children’s clothing and collectibles. Ebay’s selling platform makes it easy to sell items even for a newbie seller. If you want to learn how to get started on Ebay, check out this tutorial. Want to know what's selling on Ebay? Check out this list created by Suzanne Wells, author of the the Selling Coach blog.
2. Craigslist is a great backup for items that you may not want to sell on Ebay, usually anything that is too large to ship. Things like outdoor children’s toys, dollhouses and heavy tools are a great fit for....more
Having a yard sale can be a great way to clear clutter & make a little side cash. We get many questions from readers who want to have a yard sale but don't have enough (or any) tables to display their yard sale items. The good news is that there are several creatives ways to display you items, without tables! We put together a list of 10 of the most ingenious ways to display all of your items when you don't have a table.
Hang Jewelry on an overturned Trash Can
Two Ladders & A Couple of Boards should do the trick
Display Books in Plastic Bins
Repurpose a dresser to Display Kitchenware
Assemble a few pallets into this makeshift clothes & shoe display
DIY Clothing Rack
Use Plastic Crates
PVC Clothing Rack
Repurpose a Baby's Changing Table into a Yard Sale Display
Stack Wooden Crates to display shoes
Use a Closet Door & Two....more
T'is the season for giving, and Gsalr.com would love to give you lots of prizes this holiday season! We'd like to introduce our 12 Days of Giveaways Sweepstakes. Each day between December 7-19, Gsalr.com will be giving away one prize to a lucky winner. Prizes include Amazon & Visa gift cards, Christmas DVD sets, Ugly Sweaters & more! All you have to do is visit our sweepstakes landing page and enter by clicking on the "Open" date available!
List of the prizes in the 12 Days of Giveaways:
Day #1: $25 Amazon Gift Card
Day #2: $50 Visa Gift Card
Day #3: Ugly Christmas Sweater
Day #4: Copy of “I Brake for Yard Sales” book by Lara Spencer
Day #5: 25 Winners will win a Gsalr.com Sticker
Day #6: Trio of Christmas Movie DVDs
Day #7: Garage Sale Seller’s Kit
Day #8: Ugly Christmas Sweater
Day #9: $50 Visa Gift Card
Day #10: $25 Starbucks Gift Card
Day #11: $50 Ebay Gift Card
Day #12: $25 Etsy Gift Card
Be sure to come back each day for a new chance to win!
The holidays are quickly approaching and while many of you are crossing things off your shopping list, you might be stumped as to what to get the yard sale lover in your life. I know, buying a gift for someone who is constantly shopping is tough, but we found a few items that might just be perfect! We scoured the internet (much like we scour yard sales!) in search of some affordable gifts appropriate for the lucky yard sale lover you know. You'll notice that all items are under $50 (which makes them a bargain)!
Check out our list of gifts for the yard sale lover in your life!
Greatest Yard Sale Mug
Yard Sale Queen Tee Shirt
One Man's Junk
I love Garage Sales Wristlet
Vintage University Tote
Yard Sale Pendant
I Love Yard Sales Keychain
Yard Sale Chick Travel Mug
Brake for Yard Sales Book
Thanksgiving is only one week away. If you are like most Americans, you probably still have some menu planning and grocery shopping to do. According to an American Farm Bureau report, the average household will spend $49.41 on their Thanksgiving meal this year. The average prices goes up even more if you include organic foods, alcohol and table decorations. Luckily for you, there are a few ways that you can save money on this year's meal. Below you will find 7 tips for saving big on the biggest meal of the year.
Use the Favado Mobile App to compare Thanksgiving food prices across the stores in your area - For example, if you wanted to know which of your local grocery stores had the best price on Turkey, you can use the app to search for Turkey and it will give you a list of the price of Turkey at each of your local stores.
Skip the alcohol - Now I know it’s not as much fun to celebrate a holiday without alcohol, but it can mean big savings. At $20-$30 dollars per bottle it can quickly add up when you are supplying alcohol for an entire family. Alternative: Encourage your family to BYOB.
Use Coupons - Head over to Coupons.com, Redplum.com & Smartsource to print off some valuable coupons to save on things like canned goods and baking essentials. These small savings can add up when paired with in-store sales!
Have a potluck Thanksgiving dinner....more
As you know there is no shortage of thrifting blogs on the internet, but we decided to do our own research and give you the absolute cream of the crop in thrifting blogs. The 20 blogs listed below are relevant, informational and just down right fun! Whether you are an occasional thrifter or professional treasure hunter, we're sure you'll find a new blog (or blogs!) to love in this list.
Why did we choose these bloggers? Simple...they put out great content. From thrifting finds and fashion to Ebay income reports, these bloggers are as real as they are fun. We admire their passion for thrifting and love that they also take the time to blog about their thrifting adventures, which is a job in itself.
Check out our top 20 favorite thrifting bloggers featured below!
House of Hawthornes
Who is she: Meet Pam, a vintage loving girl who adores thrifting and has never said no to a can of Coke Zero.
Why do we love her?: From amazing photography, trash to treasure ideas to vintage goodies, this blog has everything a crafty thrifter is looking for.
Must-Read blog post: Christmas Dining Room Tour
Thriftinista in the City
Who is she? Meet Troy, she lives in Chicago and absolutely loves showing off her thrifting fashion....more
If you haven't cruised Instagram and searched for funny yard sale signs under the hashtags #yardsale or #yardsalesigns, I highly suggest doing so. There are some hilarious photos that Instagram users have found in their yard sale-ing adventures! While you are over on Instagram, be sure to follow us at @treasurelistings and tag us #treasurelistings in your hilarious yard sale sign finds!
Christmas is just around the corner and it's usually this time of year that we look at our bank account, panic and vow to ourselves that we will do a better job at saving or earning money next year. Since earning extra income is a great way to fatten your wallet, I thought it might be fun to put together a list of the top ways that you (or anybody!) can earn an extra $500. Now let me warn you, some of these money making strategies are off the wall and some require a little work, but they can all earn you a little side income which will be a nice addition to your bank account.
If you are looking to kill a few hours:
Become a professional line holderDownload Gigwalk app and apply for some gigsCheck Craigslist ‘gigs’ section for some oddball jobsBecome a test proctor
If you love thrifting:
Flip yard sale finds on Ebay or CraigslistBuy things at Goodwill and sell them on EbayBuy furniture on Craigslist, give it a coat of paint or stain and re-sell itSell vintage tupperware or pyrex on Etsy
If you like kids:
TutorBabysit a few nights a weekThrow themed birthday parties
If you like sports:
Become a refereeTeach private lessonsPlay Fantasy Football
It’s almost November and yard sale season is winding down in most parts of the country, but this is a great time for neighborhood leaders and HOA presidents to be thinking about next year’s community yard sale! Believe it or not, there are a few things you can do now to have a more organized sale in the spring! Below we have shared 5 things you can be doing to prepare for your next sale!
1. Assemble the team - Organizing a community yard sale is certainly not for the faint of heart! The sale will have a lot of moving parts and it’s best to assemble a team of volunteers to help coordinate the event from start to finish. Have a meeting with all interested parties and delegate who will be responsible for organizational duties, advertising duties, and who will act as the neighborhood liaisons. Each of these roles is important in organizing a successful community yard sale.
2. Lock down the date - The next thing you’ll want to do is select a date or dates to have the yard sale. Most communities choose to have their yard sale occur during the same week or weeks each year. For example, my neighborhood has 2 yard sales per year, the first one is the 2nd Saturday in April and the 2nd sale is the 1st Saturday in October. Selecting a recurring week, will help your neighbors prepare for upcoming sales. Try to....more
One of the items that I always look for at yard sales is old board games! The DIY-er in me just loves the possibilities that come along with old game pieces and game boards. Scrabble games are my very favorite games to find at yard sales, they're also popular amongst the DIY-ers and Etsy-ers too! Below you will find a collection of some of our favorite ways to upcycle a Scrabble board game and letter tiles.
1. DIY Scrabble Coasters - See the tutorial on Simply Darrling
2. Scrabble Board Photo Frame - See the tutorial on Photojojo
3. Scrabble Piece Napkin Rings - See the tutorial on Brit+Co
4. Baby's First Christmas Ornament with Scrabble letters - Find it on Etsy by The Cuckoo's Boutique
5. Framed Names - See the tutorial on SashaBlaBlaBla
6. DIY Memo Board with Scrabble tile accents - Find it on Etsy from Celebrating the Moment
7. "Let it Snow" Scrabble Tile Christmas Ornament - See the tutorial on CraftsByAmanda
8. Scrabble Family Tree - See the photo on Lumberjocks
9. Scrabble Teacher Gifts - Find the tutorial on Pen & Paint Blog
10. Scrabble Wedding Cake Topper - Find the photo on The Knot
11. Personalized Dog Leash Holder - Find it on....more
Have you ever been really excited about a yard sale purchase only to get it home and realize it has a rip, tear, hole or stain? How annoying! Above you will the 8 point inspection that you should be giving each and every yard sale clothing purchase to ensure that you are getting a good deal!
1. Does it fit?
2. Would I wear it?
3. Does it have a stain?
4. Is it missing a button?
5. Is the zipper broken?
6. Are all of the seams in tact?
7. Does it have a hole?
8. Smell the armpits!
Are there any we missed? Leave us a comment with your yard sale inspection routine!
Admit it...yard sale shopping is a big part of your life and every morning when you wake up, the thought of treasures you might find or new friends you might meet cross your mind. While for some...yard sale-ing is just a harmless hobby, for others...it is an addiction! Check out our list of 11 signs you might be addicted to yard sales to see if you fit the mold! If so, you know how it goes...admitting the problem is the first step. Good Luck yard sale junkies!
1. The term “Junk in the trunk” has nothing to do with your body type
2. When a friend compliments your outfit, you proudly exclaim “I got it at a yard sale!” and proceed to tell them how much each piece cost and which part of town it came from.
3. You suddenly have collections of items, you never intended to collect
4. You feel sympathetic for the people on Hoarders
5. Your car is still full of stuff you got at the last 5 yard sales
6. The last time you were at the grocery store, you asked the clerk if she’d consider taking $.50 for the gallon of milk
7. You’ve mastered the art of the slow drive-by
8. You and your yard sale BFF are out yard sale-ing before the sun comes up!
9. Your favorite kind of bird….is the early bird
10. You pay for items with big bills....more
Whether you are holding your first yard sale or are a seasoned pro, the main goal of having a yard sale is to make money! What if I told you that there were a few things that you could do to increase profits even more? You'd be listening, right? Well take a look at the 5 money making secrets we're letting out of the bag below:
1. Sell Water! YES, this is one of the most under-utilized ways to increase profits at a yard sale, especially if it’s a hot summer day! I always set up my kids with a cooler of bottled water at the entrance of the yard sale. No one can resist cute kids selling bottled water for a $1. Last time we did this, we made an extra $37 dollars in bottled water and considering they cost me only $.10 per bottle at Costco, this was a big money maker!
2. Price everything! As a buyer, there is nothing worse than going to a yard sale and none of the items have a price tag! No one wants to have to continue to ask the seller, "how much is this" or "how much is that"? This leads to frustration and can turn off timid buyers. By clearly marking all of your items, you will allow the buyer to make a better informed buying decision.
3. Put your most expensive items up front - The goal of your yard sale is to sell as much of your stuff as you can, but it’s also to make some good money while you are at it. Take a....more
One of the most important factors in the success of your yard sale, will ultimately be how you've priced the items for sale. Having a pricing strategy in mind, can make the difference between a good garage sale and a GREAT garage sale. The goal is to always make a sale.
We have created a handy Yard Sale Pricing Guide for you to use as a guideline when pricing your items. Keep in mind however, that most yard sale shoppers love to negotiate, so there needs to be some flexibility in your pricing.
I have to admit that even though they’ve been around for decades, I had no idea the potential value of these funny little candy dispensers. Vintage and rare Pez dispensers routinely sell for hundreds of dollars, and believe it or not the rarest dispensers have sold for thousands. Although you might not see many of them at estate sales, keep an eye out at garage sales and yard sales.
Hello Kitty Pez dispensers can be found at garage sales.
What is a Pez Dispenser?
Most people are familiar with Pez candy and the fun dispensers they come in, similar to the one pictured above. The original dispensers made in the 40s and 50s were designed to look like a lighter and held mints which were promoted to help stop smoking. In the mid-50s PEZ began marketing the sweeter candy to children and featuring the character heads we are more familiar with, as well as other unique shapes such as a laser gun.
What is a Vintage Pez Dispenser Worth?
Vintage dispensers (especially if they’re in original packaging) often sell in the $100-$200 range on eBay, and some rare dispensers have sold for up to $500. The PEZ company website has a photographic history of their dispensers, so you may want to make yourself familiar with the vintage designs that may fetch a higher price from collectors. Go to their Collector’s Corner....more
My husband and I love going to garage sales and looking for those unexpected hidden treasures. Something no one else has recognized for the prize it is. That little “eureka!” moment, realizing what you just found sitting quietly on the table, and snatching it up. You probably enjoy these moments as much as I do, so I’d like to share a little bit of information that may not only help you find your next vintage toy treasure, but also help you get the best price for it at your next garage sale or yard sale.
Antique and vintage tin windup toys are very collectible, and have statistically increased in value by about 15% per year. In some cases they can be surprisingly valuable, such as the vintage 1930’s toy that recently sold on eBay for over $6,000. More typical is the windup roller coaster shown below, manufactured in the 1930’s in the U.S. by the J. Chien Toy Company. Its current value ranges from $75 to $100 depending on condition.
Identifying Antique Tin Toys
So, how do you identify a vintage or antique tin toy? Here’s a little bit of background information that should help. First, the terms “vintage” and “antique” generally refer to a toy made before 1965. Tin toys were being produced as early as the mid-1800s, in many countries, including Germany, England, France and Japan. By the 1950s Louis Marx and....more
It's that season again. Community Garage Sale Season!"The Goldmine for Garage Salers"
While Garage Sales and Yard Sales can be found year round in the warmer states and from spring to fall in most states, the best time of year to find great finds is during Community Garage Sale season.
Whether you go to garage sales and yard sales just looking for things for yourself or you like to buy things for resale, your success will be increased if you follow these 5 simple tips.
Tip #1: Know When The Best Neighborhoods Are Having Their Community SalesThis information can often usually be found right here on gsalr.com. From the homepage, search for your city. Then, click the "Filter" button the the upper right corner of the screen and under where it says "Keywords", type "community" and then hit "Search". You'll be shown any sales matching that keyword. Some HOAs or communities might call it something slightly different such as a "neighborhood wide sale", so you may also want to try the keyword "neighborhood" as well, to make sure you didn't miss anything.
Expert Tip...Find the nicer and larger neighborhoods in your area and do a Google search for their HOA website.There you can usually find their newsletter or calendar of events.Take note of each neighborhood and put it on your calendar because some of them may not....more
Craft projects from garage sales can be a lot of fun, see what others have done to turn these fun ideas into profit.
On our hunt for the next big idea, we visited the San Francisco area garage sales and we were surprised to find many to choose
from, the most memorable is the bent forks and serving utensils which were
turned into jewelry pieces, but our goal was to find a few ideas you can
quickly and easily do yourself.
Marie Kazni is an avid DIY garage sale craft lady; she can
turn just about any item found into a treasure you can enjoy on a daily
basis. Retired, her and her husband love
spending time in the garden, including holding garage sales or attending a few
on the weekend.
She took a random vintage chair with a missing seat and
quickly placed a planter inside of it, this, really showed us how easy an
unused item can be turned into something useful and beautiful.
Another DIY craft idea caught our attention because we always run into so many collector plates, vases and china random pieces at garage sales. These porcelain pieces are rarely a complete set and hard to sell individually.
Becky Tracy in Berkely, CA showed us what she does with
random vases and plates to turn them into bird feeders that add color and
uniqueness to her garden. She sells these
at the local flea....more
Anyone on a budget knows that shopping, even for low-end
fashions, can be pricey. This is one of the reasons why many people opt to
visit the average local garage sale on the weekends.
These weekend events are terrific places to find great
casual and formal styles. It is even possible to get high-end designer pieces
from time-to-time. If there’s a hidden fashion designer in you, these sales
will give you the opportunity to transform your own style.
You can use pieces from garage sales to accent existing
ensembles. These finds can be altered or repurposed to appeal to your sense of
Looking for formal attire? Most are worn only once and are
in mint condition, but you better get to the garage sales early, otherwise you
won’t find what you’re looking for.
Garage and yard sales are sensational places to find jewelry
in different categories. Costume pieces are nice for accessorizing existing
outfits. They can also be used as central pieces for new designs. Some
accessories can be used to flourish dresses, skirts or even shirts.
Dresses - Shorten the
Dresses and skirts are some of the popular items found at garage sales. Even if you had to pay for altering the size,
you’re still saving on your purchase when compared to retail....more
A weekend fun time, garage sales can be quite addictive,
whether it’s thrifting for everyday finds or buying items to resell for a
profit, many can’t seem to stay away from the excitement of not knowing what to
If you’re new in the world of shopping garage sale for a
profit, it’s hard to know what sells and what doesn’t. Everything eventually sells, but there’s been
some proven successes based on prior sales that insure the items will be sold
quickly and for a decent profit.
Like anything else, experience and research is very
important, but still with the abundance of items found at garage sales, it’s
probably easier to know what items you should look for and quickly turn into a profit,
this way you’ll have more money to shop next weekend’s garage sales.
What garage sale items take longer to sell?
What to look for at a local garage sale?
Men’s Hawaiian Shirts
Brand New unopened items
There are many other items you
could purchase, quickly list online and turn a profit. If you’re unsure about the purchase, do a
We might hold a garage sale to get rid of old items, but earning cash for your stuff might be the most fun and satisfying part of it. We've reiterated here just how easy it is to make a fair amount from secondhand items, with a little time and effort. You just have to know what you're getting into.
Whether you're an amateur garage saler or just someone looking to improve your profits, you can learn a thing or two from the experts who've made a great living -- and a fun life -- out of garage sale-ing. Check out these three garage sale gurus who have vastly different backgrounds, but who all have valuable insights to share.
Garage Sale Gal
Lynda Hammond worked as a TV news anchor for 15 years before
she developed a passion of garage sale-ing. Though she started out as a self-described
“garage sale snob,” her passion for garage sales was ignited by discovering a
diamond-in-the-rough copper boiler in 1992. Since then, she has written
numerous columns on garage sales, appeared on TV, and created a blog with many useful
garage sale tips.
Her book, Garage Sale
Gal’s Guide to Making Money Off Your Stuff, is available on Amazon.In it, Hammond gives advice on
organizing and profiting from your own garage sales, how to successfully buy
from other garage sales, the value of appraisals, and negotiating with pawn
shops, estate sales,....more
There’s something about The Bonafide Hustler that keeps us coming back for more.
He's not only got a thriving business, but he also has a successful YouTube channel with thousands of subscribers. OK, so do a lot of people. But, there’s a je ne sais quoi that sets Bonafide Hustler apart from the rest and keeps him miles ahead of the game.
He’s a hustler with a heart of gold. And what I mean by that is, in addition to a decade of experience, BH has a level of integrity, honesty and passion about flipping and teaching others to find success that is inspiring to see. Nowhere is that more evident than in his new, colorfully titled eBook Flip That Sh!t.
Flip That Sh!t
A quick read, the book is 142 pages packed with insights and advice on getting started with flipping and how to continually improve your hustling game -- a "hustling cheat sheet."
As he mentioned in our first interview, BH is keen to impart the knowledge he’s gleaned after more than a decade in flipping garage sale and secondhand finds, so that anyone who is willing can enjoy the same success he’s found. The whole thing is a labor of love for Bonafide Hustler, who claims that flipping is “honestly the most rewarding, enlightening, and fun spare cash thing I have done.”
While other eBooks on the market contain an inordinate amount of fluff, Flip That Sh!t is chock-full of....more
Flipping or reselling secondhand items for profit can be a fun hobby or a lucrative business. What helps it transition from the former to the latter is preparation – doing your homework to figure out which items are valuable and worth the investment.
Knowing how much you can make on a item is something that once took a series of trials and errors to figure out. Now it’s as easy as a few clicks. Check out the following apps that let you quickly check pricing info, list sales online, and check sales performance.
Profit Bandit bills itself as “The #1 mobile scanning app for Amazon sellers” with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The app offers barcode scanning and profit calculations based on 15 factors, as well as “Intelligent Repricing,” which aims to keep track of your competition and maximize profit on every sale. It is available on iPhone and Android for a one-time fee.
TeraPeak is a robust pricing and sales app for Amazon and eBay. The app gives you pricing info, benchmark data and sales analytics for both Amazon and eBay. The analytics, which give you the ability to track sales and measure performance across multiple channels, seem to be a major advantage of the app. The app is available on iPhone and Android, and you are charged a monthly service fee.
ScanPower is a selling app with a simple premise:....more
Shopping at garage and estate sales can be a lot like shopping at IKEA. There is a colossal mountain of stuff to sift through.
With thousands of garage sales and estate sales going on every day, there’s an overabundance of secondhand -- from the mundane and uninspiring to the high-end and out-of-reach. While it may be exciting at times, there are other times when finding items you need can be a downright chore.
Those are the times when I turn to the IKEA catalogue -- or, better yet, search for “IKEA hacks” online for inspiration. There isn’t a similar garage sale catalogue you can browse while shopping, but there’s loads of inspiration to be found online. Knowing how to easily transform a piece of junk into a piece of art is the best bargaining tool you can have at a garage sale.
Sometimes what you want is staring you square in the face, and you don’t even know it. It’s that patio chair a dreadful shade of green. Or that dress with the un-hip neckline. They were stylish once upon a time, but now they’re just slightly off. If you’d only realize it just needs a new coat of paint or a scissor-snip!
Here are six great blogs to help you get started with DIY and repurposing.
Oh! Glory Vintage
A blog about vintage clothing, repurposed and upcycled furnishings. They’ve got some really great upcycled furniture ideas, like this coffee table made out of an old....more
Your grandma’s sweater never looked so cool. Vintage clothing is a hot commodity these days. Everyone from young fashionistas to more mature, sophisticated shoppers are getting into thrifting and vintage shopping, which is a smart way to score quality clothing, shoes and accessories on the cheap.
You can find quite a lot of vintage pieces in secondhand shops and thrift stores, but another great place to find vintage is in someone else’s backyard. Untold treasures await you at nearby estate sales and yard sales in nice neighborhoods. Using sites like Gsalr.com, YardSales.net and EstateSales.org often allows you to browse through pictures before you even show up for the sale. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there!
You might already be an expert at finding diamonds in the rough, but can you put an outfit together? Shopping at major brand outlets is easy -- mannequins and catalogues let you know what’s in style. But styling with vintage and retro fashion is more of an art form.
Need some inspiration to get you on your merry vintage-hunting way? Here are four great blogs to check out.
Tag Sale Style
Tag Sale Style is an amazing resource for vintage style. Long Island-based fashionista Ali writes this blog that is “part style diary, part insider's view on tag/estate sales and secondhand luxury.” She describes a tag sale as “a one-to-three-day sellout....more
You frequent yard sales. You enjoy scoring great deals. You have a hobby of restoring or repurposing your finds. You have bought and/or restored more items than you have a need for. You would like to earn extra cash.
If the above description sounds like you, you may want to get into the "flipping" business. Flipping -- or buying and reselling -- yard sale items can be a simple way to earn some extra cash while doing what you love. While anyone can get into flipping relatively easily, it takes skill and practice to have great success. If you're just starting out with flipping yard sale finds, don't worry! Luckily, you can benefit from the advice and experiences of seasoned pros, many of whom have shared their advice online.
We've picked a handful of YouTube channels that have given useful tips to thousands of subscribers about the subject of yard sale flipping. Check out these channels -- and feel free to tell us about other flipping resources you've found.
The Bonafide Hustler is a "hustling" professional who makes fun, easy-to-follow video tutorials about yard sale flipping. BH gives you tips for success, as well as points out pitfalls to avoid when reselling. If you haven't already, check out our in-depth interview with Bonafide Hustler and check out the YouTube channel.
The College Picker
The Bonafide Hustler has been flipping thrift store, garage sale and estate sale items for the past decade. His success at flipping, or what he calls "hustling," led him to create an eponymous YouTube channel boasting thousands of subscribers.
I spoke to him about playing to win and found that, aside from his online swagger, The Bonafide Hustler is a genuinely nice Austin dweller with spades of passion and knowledge to share.
did you get started “hustling”?
Nine or ten years ago, I cruised
into a Goodwill store and saw a bike for sale. I’ve always been into biking and
bikes, so I wanted to check it out. It was in pretty poor condition, but it was
a BMX bike that was going for eight bucks. I took a look at it and thought it
really should be going for $70 or $80 if it was fixed up. So I bought it,
installed two tubes, and a day later sold it for $80. That kind of started the
whole [hustling] thing. I thought these thrift stores must have more [cool]
bikes and other stuff I’ve been missing out on.
2. What made you start your YouTube channel?
I wanted to give back to my community, to give people knowledge they could act on. There weren’t a whole lot of people doing the hustling thing on YouTube, and I felt I really had something to contribute. I also wanted to show a piece of my....more
What do you do with the leftovers? Whether you had a successful garage sale or not, afterwards you might still be left with a sizeable number of unsold items.
The obvious solution is to donate your stuff to charity when possible, but you may have to toss some items in the recycling or garbage bins.
What to Toss
Toss items into the garbage only if they are broken, damaged or worn down to the point where nobody could potentially use them. However, most broken items can and should be recycled.
What to Recycle
Quite a lot of items can be put into recycling bins these days, mainly: plastic, paper and cardboard, metals (like cans or cannisters) and glass.
Additionally, “e-waste” can be recycled as well these days. These things include: batteries (both car and household batteries), bulbs, computers and other office equipment, cell phones, televisions, and any other consumer electronic device you can think of.
Check with your city to find out what types of e-waste can be recycled. Some stores like Best Buy, as well as manufacturers like Dell, will collect electronics for recycling.
What to Donate
Chances are that most of the unsold items from your garage sale are still in good condition. There are plenty of places to donate your stuff, even very specific items.
Donating to places like....more
Yard Sale Queen has been shopping at and blogging about yard sales for more than 15 years. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and featured in print publications like Newsweek, Better Homes and Gardens and Arthur Frommer's Smart Shopping. We talked to her about everything from David Cassidy to bidets, and her tips for garage sale success.
1. Who is Yard Sale Queen?
My name is Chris Heiska, and I'm known as Yard Sale Queen. I was raised in upstate
New York but have lived in a small town in Maryland for the past 20
years. My town has a ton of garage sales and yard sales every Saturday. I
started my website YardSaleQueen.com to provide free
tips on having a successful garage sale and being a smart garage sale shopper.
I figured if more people knew how to have a successful garage sale, there could
be potentially more garage sales for me to shop at.
2. How did you get started with “garage sale-ing”?
I really got into yard sale-ing and garage sale-ing when I moved to semi-rural Maryland
in the early '90s. The area had a lot of single family homes, but the nearest
mall was an hour drive away. So in order to get my shopping fix I started
going to the many yard sales that seemed to take place every weekend. And since
I had just purchased my first home, I had a lot of space to....more
Yard sale signs are simple -- just Sharpie, some poster board and staples, right? Yard sale signs are often the last thing anyone thinks about when deciding to sell their things. But smartly made -- and smartly placed -- signs can mean the difference between a yard buzzing with inquiring shoppers and one with nothing but the chirps of crickets.
For some tips on good garage sale signs, watch this quick video:
10 Pro Tips for Garage Sale Signs.
Signs should include large, easily legible text. Can drivers read your sign from their car? You might want to drive around the block and check to make sure. Don't include too much info or text on your sign that could make it hard to read. Essential info includes the phrase "yard sale" or "garage sale," your address, and an arrow. If you want to include additional info, consider leaving a box of flyers or printouts near your sign.Always check your local signage laws to make sure you are in compliance before you post signs around town.If you don't have good handwriting, you may want to get a pre-made sign from your local home improvement store or online.Consider the weather. If it's going to be windy or rainy outside, you probably want to use durable signage material, rather than paper or cardboard.Watch out for vandals who might change the info on your signs. If you decide to use....more
"I've got a box of old bras if you want to see them." -- Phyllis (The Office, Season 7, "Garage Sale")
Garage sale items run the gamut from the old and tattered to the shiny and new-ish. From the low end to the high end. From the vintage to the modern. From the practical to the collectible. And -- most entertainingly -- from the mundane to the strange.
If you've been to a garage sale, chances are you've seen some weird stuff -- things that are inexplicable, impractical or downright creepy. For many, it's come to be a pleasurable part of the garage sale-ing experience, and it's arguably the coolest thing about shopping secondhand.
For your viewing pleasure, we've compiled a collection of weird garage sale finds from around the Web. Enjoy!
I'm calling this the Vampire Fish. Go ahead and hang it up next to your smoke detector as shown above.
This ventriloquist's dummy is eyeing Donald Duck rather maliciously. He also seems to have double-jointed legs.
Allow me to introduce you to the Perpetually Left-Looking Lady.
The Green-Eyed Ghoul
I don't even want to know what's inside.
Source: Unusual or....more
Would you sell the toys of your late granddaughter at a garage sale? It was reported last week that the grandparents of Caylee Anthony, daughter of Casey Anthony, sold her belongings at a yard sale in Florida.
Online commenters have disagreed over whether Mr. and Mrs. Anthony should have included Caylee's things in their sale. Some people declared the sale never should have happened, while others suggested the Anthonys should have donated or auctioned off the items for charity.
It’s completely up to the seller to decide what to sell and not sell at a garage sale. But you should exercise caution when attempting to sell things that may be controversial or offensive, or items of sentimental value. Here is a list of things you maybe shouldn't sell at your yard sale and a list of things you should.
Think Twice About Selling These
Potentially offensive / adult-only items. Have an old t-shirt with a tasteless joke on it? DVDs with sensitive content? Think twice about selling it at your yard sale, especially to young or underage children. An alternative would be to sell these items to secondhand shops. If you do decide to sell them at your yard sale, then make sure to mark the items as “adult only.”
Sentimental items. Don’t sell something that you think you might regret later. You may be tempted to get rid of your child’s old toys or clothes,....more
Garage sales have virtually exploded over the past couple of decades. But did you know that the modern day garage sale has roots in a 19th century event? The infographic below (by our partner site YardSales.net) tells you everything you need to know about the history of garage sales as well as weekly garage sale stats in the U.S. Get your history on!
One man’s junk may be another’s treasure, but treasure is rarely lying in plain sight. You might show up to a garage sale intending to score some relatively new items for cheap and find yourself faced with mounds of seemingly outdated junk. Should you walk away, or are there gems in the rough worth your time and money?
Many of the best “garage-salers” will tell you that finding treasure is more art than science – you’ve got to have a good eye. And many times, you have to be willing to put in a little extra work to squeeze a diamond out of coal – a fresh coat of paint, replaced buttons or screws, a stitch or two. But with garage sale finds and a bit of DIY know-how, you can save an astronomical amount on things like home goods, furniture, clothes and toys.
If you (like me) haven’t had the pleasure of formally studying design, you will have to rely on DIY guides to help facilitate your treasure hunting and post-garage sale decorating. Here are some expertly written books on the subject to help get you started (with descriptions from Amazon.com).
I Brake for Yard Sales: And Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster
Good Morning America correspondent Lara Spencer is a self-confessed frugalista with a passion for shopping at yard sales, thrift shops, and estate sales, and for decorating her home and....more
Community garage sales are really garage sales in their purest, earliest form -- or rummage sales. Mammoth when compared to individual garage sales, these community garage sales often last for several days or occur multiple
times a year.
Some sales occur along major U.S. highways and span multiple states, while others happen citywide. Here is a list of 50 top community garage sales in the United States. Click on the image below for an interactive Google Map with location pins and more details.
Don't forget to check your local Chamber of Commerce website for community yard sales in your area. And feel free to let us know if we’ve
missed any notable sales by commenting below!
Highway/Interstate Yard Sales
Highway 127 Yard Sale
Big Kahuna of community
garage sales; stretches for hundreds of milesAug. 1-4, 2013http://www.127sale.com
Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale (coast to coast)Ocean
City, MD to Sacramento, CAMay 17-19,
40 Yard Sale
Held along Historic US 40 (a.k.a Antique Alley in Indiana) from Baltimore
to St. Louis (824 miles)May 29 - June 2, 2013http://www.oldstorefrontantiques.com/yardsale.htm
U.S. 11 Antique Alley & Yard SaleMay 16-19, 2013http://us11antiquealley.com/
Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard SaleAug. 8-10,....more
7 Tips for Pricing Like a Pro
1. Check the going rates. Pricing secondhand items starts with research. Find out what secondhand items are selling for by checking sites like eBay or WorthMonkey.com, which checks Google, Amazon and eBay for pricing information on items like electronics. If you can, visit other yard sales or secondhand shops in your area to see how items are priced.
2. Offer a good deal. People come to yard sales because they're looking to score great deals. Secondhand items in perfect condition typically sell for up to 70 percent of the retail price, while items in fair to poor condition typically sell for 30 percent or lower. If you can go even lower than that, you’ll have a greater success rate.
3. Know how low you’re willing to go. Like it or not, haggling is part of the yard sale experience. Knowing that you will probably have to negotiate the prices of some items, you should have a “bottom price,” or the lowest price you're willing to accept for an item. If you would accept 50 percent of the retail price for an item, for example, then you may want to price your item at 70 percent.
4. Bundle smaller items. Smaller items, like children’s toys, collectible trading cards, books, DVDs and other knick-knacks can be bundled together and sold under a single price. For instance, 10 books for $10, or a bag full of items from a bin....more
One man's junk is another man's treasure. It's the driving philosophy behind why we have garage sales, storage auctions, and second-hand commerce in general. Whatever you are willing to give up, there's someone out there who probably wants it and will pay you for it.
American television has taken a keen interest in this idea, perpetuating and capitalizing on its popularity with paid cable and satellite programming like Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers, to name a few.
But just how in line are these "reality shows" compared to what happens off screen on a day-to-day basis for regular folks who do hunting and buying for an honest living? What can people new to picking and selling expect from a real-life experience?
Though they are great for entertainment purposes, let's shed some light on the truth to some of these shows and what you can expect should you find yourself looking for or selling your own treasures.
When storage unit owners default on their payments, those units are sold in auction to the highest bidder. This is the premise behind Storage Wars, where 5+ regulars compete in auction, searching for merchandise, antiques, and hidden treasures within the units that they can sell for a profit.
The show has been under scrutiny lately, as one of the main cast members, Dave Hester, has filed a lawsuit against the....more
Top tactics for getting the most out of your yard sale
Anyone can have a yard sale, but not everybody has a successful one. Having stuff to sell is just half the battle; the other half is planning. With a little bit of preparation, you can make the most out of your yard sale and bequeath troves of treasure to your local community.
Things You’ll Need
Yard, garage or driveway
Items to sell
Cash box or fanny pack to keep money
Change – bills and coins
List of inventory
List of original retail prices of items
Receipts – Get these at Staples or any office supply store.
Tarp – for overhead table coverings or covering your lawn
Bags – plastic grocery bags or brown bags
Bins – to hold smaller items
Lock box or case – if selling jewelry, watches or other pricey trinkets
Clothesline or makeshift rack and hangers
Dolly cart – for furniture or heavy items; you can rent these at U-Haul
Hand sanitizer – Many adults and children will be touching your stuff.
Family and friends to help you sell
Everything You Own in a Box to the Left?
How do you decide what to sell? You may be tempted to gather up all the junk you’ve accumulated, throw everything out of your front door and let customers do the rest. But you’ve got to think realistically....more