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I go to yard sales/estate sales just about every week in search of vintage watches.  I've found some pretty cool ones over the years including a one that had a solid 14k case that I flipped for $350.  My best flip was a watch I sold for $550.

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3 minutes ago, The Great American said:

I go to yard sales/estate sales just about every week in search of vintage watches.  I've found some pretty cool ones over the years including a one that had a solid 14k case that I flipped for $350.  My best flip was a watch I sold for $550.

Just like last week I bought a bag of Sega master system games for $5 and sold them 2 days ago for $220.

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6 minutes ago, SpongeDad said:

Just like last week I bought a bag of Sega master system games for $5 and sold them 2 days ago for $220.

Sounds like you have a good eye.

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30 minutes ago, mfaulk57158 said:

Sponge what you got for a three year old boy?  That kart looks perfect.

That Mario Kart ride on is the perfect size for a 3 year old. At the moment I'm saving it as part of my Nintendo collection. They were sold in stores for $200 but they've been discontinued. You can probably find one on craigslist or an app like OfferUp. 

 

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24 minutes ago, The Great American said:

Sounds like you have a good eye.

I actually got lucky. I know guys that look for Sega games (I'm a Nintendo fanboy) so I bought it to trade. I figured it had to be worth at least $20 when I looked in the bag.

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@SpongeDad I meant to ask you the other day to pick me up some old paintings.  Yes, you heard me correctly, then look in the back of the frame for a copy of the Declaration of Independence.  If you find one of the copies mail it to me.  There will be a crisp $100 bill in it for you.  

 

A collector who spent $4 at a Pennsylvania flea market two years ago for a dismal painting because he liked the frame now finds himself the possessor of a first printing of the Declaration of Independence. It is expected to bring $800,000 to $1 million at an auction on June 4.

The discovery was announced yesterday by David N. Redden, head of the book and manuscript department at Sotheby's in Manhattan. Mr. Redden described the document, found behind the painting when the collector took the frame apart, as an "unspeakably fresh copy" of the declaration. "The fact that it has been in the backing of the frame preserved it," he said. Of the 24 copies known to survive, only 3 are in private hands, he added.

Mr. Redden said the unidentified owner bought the painting, "a dismal dark country scene with a signature he could not make out," for its gilded and ornately carved frame. He told Mr. Redden that he discarded the painting, which he disliked. When he realized the frame was crudely made and unsalvageable, he said he got rid of it also.

"But he kept the declaration, which he had found behind the painting," Mr. Redden said. "It was folded up, about the size of a business envelope. He thought it might be an early 19th-century printing and worth keeping as a curiosity."

Recently the owner showed it to a friend "who became quite enthusiastic and urged him to look into it further," said Selby Kiffer, an Americana printing specialist at Sotheby's "At that point he called us."

"The discovery of any first-printing copy of the declaration, even a fragmentary one or a poor copy, would be exciting," Mr. Kiffer said. "But on this one, the condition is beyond reproach. It was folded up when we first saw it -- the way the owner said it was in the painting, less than one-tenth of an inch thick. I had to agree with him it was just as well that he kept it that way.

"There has been absolutely no restoration, no repair. It was unframed and unbacked." Only 7 of the 24 copies are unbacked, he said, which increases their value.

Mr. Kiffer said the declaration was the fourth copy of the first printing to surface in the last 10 years -- three of which were either known copies or had been handed down to heirs of the original 18th-century owners. The record for a declaration sold at auction is $1.6 million, which was realized in January 1990 in a Sotheby's sale of a copy from the estate of H. Bradley Martin, an heir to the Phipps steel fortune.

"The ink was still wet on this copy when it was folded," Mr. Kiffer said. "The very first line -- 'In Congress, July 4, 1776' -- shows up in the bottom margin in reverse, as a faint offsetting or shadow printing, one more proof of the urgency John Dunlap, the printer, and others felt in dispersing this document."

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A guy I knew claimed he got a non-working blackface Fender Vibrolux Reverb for $200 at a yard sale.  I told him when he mentioned it that if he didn't want to get it working I'd buy it for $1000.  I figured I'd invest $500 at most getting it working (maybe less) and have an amp worth north of 2 grand.

He told me later he sold it for $500.  The only reason I didn't hit him with a shovel is I'm pretty well convinced he never had it and was just bragging.  Because it would be stupid to sell it for half what I told him I'd pay for it.

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2 minutes ago, JDaveG said:

A guy I knew claimed he got a non-working blackface Fender Vibrolux Reverb for $200 at a yard sale.  I told him when he mentioned it that if he didn't want to get it working I'd buy it for $1000.  I figured I'd invest $500 at most getting it working (maybe less) and have an amp worth north of 2 grand.

He told me later he sold it for $500.  The only reason I didn't hit him with a shovel is I'm pretty well convinced he never had it and was just bragging.  Because it would be stupid to sell it for half what I told him I'd pay for it.

he did it out of spite....probably a closet liberal under orders from Trout

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10 minutes ago, JDaveG said:

A guy I knew claimed he got a non-working blackface Fender Vibrolux Reverb for $200 at a yard sale.  I told him when he mentioned it that if he didn't want to get it working I'd buy it for $1000.  I figured I'd invest $500 at most getting it working (maybe less) and have an amp worth north of 2 grand.

He told me later he sold it for $500.  The only reason I didn't hit him with a shovel is I'm pretty well convinced he never had it and was just bragging.  Because it would be stupid to sell it for half what I told him I'd pay for it.

Sounds like a whopper to me.  Nobody takes $200 to a yard sale!

I lol'd when I read about your shovel! 

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26 minutes ago, The Great American said:

Sounds like a whopper to me.  Nobody takes $200 to a yard sale!

I lol'd when I read about your shovel! 

Nobody would take $200 for a vintage Fender amp without having some idea what it was.  This wasn't before the age of the internet.  This was in like 2010 or so.

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8 minutes ago, JDaveG said:

Nobody would take $200 for a vintage Fender amp without having some idea what it was.  This wasn't before the age of the internet.  This was in like 2010 or so.

True.  I go to yard sales a lot and my smart phone comes in very handy!!   

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18 minutes ago, The Great American said:

True.  I go to yard sales a lot and my smart phone comes in very handy!!   

I never do that, it's disrespectful in a way. I always have a good idea of what an item is worth and/or what I'm willing to pay not knowing..

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1 hour ago, SpongeDad said:

I never do that, it's disrespectful in a way. I always have a good idea of what an item is worth and/or what I'm willing to pay not knowing..

Maybe so but I'm pretty sneaky.  Sometimes I ask if they mind if I look up the item.  It helps both sides to know the true value.

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On 10/12/2017 at 5:01 PM, SpongeDad said:

I never do that, it's disrespectful in a way. I always have a good idea of what an item is worth and/or what I'm willing to pay not knowing..

Maybe Sponge, but I watch American Pickers and they do it.  Those guys are well respected and they do it in a way that seems reasonable and forthright.   

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Someone gave my best friend an original 1959 Fender Bassman that had been chopped into a separate head and speaker cab, and Richard Goodsell in Atlanta restored it to a tweed covered combo like when it was new from the factory.  He brought it to my house and it seems to be on an indefinite loan to me.  It sets off the alarm sensors on the kitchen window, but holy **** it sounds good when you turn it to 10 (it goes to 12)

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