This week the weather was BEAUTIFUL! I headed out to hit a multifamily neighborhood sale in East Greenwich. Since starting this blog and Facebook page I have been getting tips from friends about sales in the area. My college roommate turned me on to a huge community sale in East Greenwich, so I headed there…..but I didn’t make it.
East Greenwich is around 45 minutes from my shop, (I open my shop at 10am on saturdays) and after thinking about how much time I would be losing traveling, and after getting a call from my cousin who lives in the town next to my shop, I decided to just do some local yard and garage sales. I had seen a bunch of signs going up on Friday when I left work, so I knew there would be plenty to hit.
We hit 10 sales in total.
Two sales were my favorite. One was a moving sale, and the deals were unbelievable. I picket up a polaroid printer for $10! They had a $55 price tag, I asked “What is the best you can do on this?” and the home owner said $10! I was thinking he would go to $40 or $35, and I would have bought it at that because it is selling on Amazon for $95 after FBA fees. When he dropped the price to $10 I should have gone back to grab more things.
Moving sales are better than just regular yard sales because the people have to sell everything. They don’t want to pack it. People at yard sales might just be looking to make some money, their impetus to sell is not as dire. Moving sales are usually at the end of the month, and the stuff has to be gone by the first, so you really have leverage when it comes to negotiating.
The second sale that I liked was a multifamily sale that was being held to raise money for a church mission. They had a bunch of kids working the sale and they also had a bake sale with goodies and coffee. I was happy to see the money go to a good cause.
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Here is this weeks Vlog on the Brimfield Antique Show!
I normally set up in J & J Field with my friend, but this year I didn’t because he wasn’t going, I didn’t want to set up by myself…and I really didn’t want to sleep in the field. I went on Wednesday and Friday to shop and shoot some video.
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One of the coolest things about yard sales and flea markets is finding things that connect you to your past. You will come across so many things that spark memories of childhood.
This week I went to Brimfield (video will be posted shortly). I found this On Strike board, and immediately I think of how I have a picture of me holding one back in the eighties!
The one on the left is me, on the right is my daughter. The sign is a little bit different, my father worked for Local 2323, I believe that was the Rhode Island division and 2320 is Central Mass.
This blog is dedicated to yard sales (yod sales if you are from around hea, where we don’t pronounce the ah (r)). I am obesessed with flea markets, swap meets, thrift shops and the like, but some of the greatest things I get are FROM THE TRASH!!!
Check out this egg orb seat, complete with audio inputs. I bought this from one of my favorite pickers…Jeff (his line is “free is my middle name…Jeffrey). Jeff picks trash, and makes a killing at it. In the next few weeks I am going to go out with him to film for my YouTube channel, I can’t wait.
(As much as I wanted this for myself, I couldn’t keep it 😢. That is the hardest thing about this business, you can’t keep all the awesome things that pass through your hands. I did keep it in the family though, my brother bought it.)
As for this week, I will be filming out in Brimfield, the largest antique show / flea market in North America.
Since it is absolutely pouring out, I decided to do a video on tips and tricks that you can use at a yard and estate sale.
- Get there Early! The early bird gets the worm for a reason. There is not much worse than walking up to a yard sale and seeing someone walking away with something you have been hunting for.
- Get to know the dealers that run the estate sales. Sign up on the mailing lists and like their Facebook pages. This way you are the first to see what Estate Sales are coming up and sometimes even preview the items before the doors open.
- You can use your phone to check eBay/amazon on the items you want to flip, but don’t stay glued to your phone. It is best to use your gut. You don’t want to waste time looking up all the past auctions on an item that you can get for just a few dollars. Take that time to check out the entire sale. Research the items at the end of the day.
- Use www.estatesales.net to map out what estate sales you want to hit. For yard sales, I use the app Yard Sale Treasure Map. You can plot out your map the night before, search for key words that you like to buy, and sometimes even see pictures of what that sale has to offer.
- For estate sales, don’t bring large bags or purses. Estate sales are usually in someone’s home and there are a bunch of people. The people who run the sale do not allow large purses because you might knock something over. It is best to bring and reuse plastic store bags.
- Bring Post It notes or Masking tape to mark items you bought as SOLD. I have seen countless fights between people who bought an item, put it down because they didn’t want to carry it, and when they returned it was in someones bag. You can avoid these misunderstandings if you mark your items clearly as SOLD.
- Bring a magnet to check for silver or gold. You can buy heavy duty magnets at Home Depot or Lowes. When you see a pile of jewelry, just run the magnet over it. If it sticks to the magnet, you know it is not gold or silver. Costume jewelry is magnetic. (You might still want to buy the costume jewelry depending on the designer)
- Talk to people. Talk to the people running the estate sale and the people who own the house at the yard sale. You can ask for specific items, items they may have but may not have put out at the yard sale. Also talk to the other people at the yard sale, sometimes they will let you in on a great sale down the street that they already hit. You will see a lot of the same people at yard sales, it is good to get to know them. They are not always your competition.
- Bring a flash light. This especially applies to estate sales. Estate sales tend to be in the home of elderly people and elderly people always have dim lighting. Beside the dim lights, you will also have access to parts of the home that might not have lights at all. Basements, Garages, and sheds are never well lit, so it is good to bring your own flashlight.
- HAVE FUN. Some weeks you might find a $300 item for $3, some weeks you will find people asking $300 for a $3 item. Try not to take negotiations personally, and always try to be friendly. You can catch more flies with honey that vinegar, so be friendly and the negotiations will be easier.
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My face when I see the weather report for this weekend 😦
Looks like heavy rain Friday and more rain Saturday morning. I usually start planning my yard sales on Friday night, but this weather is going to put a damper that.
I might be able to catch some estate sales since those are indoors.
This break will give me a little time to prepare for the Seekonk Flea market for Sunday. Usually, this time of year I do the Brimfield Antique show, but the guy who I split my space with backed out, so I will still attend but not set up. I am going to do one day, Sunday selling at the flea market instead.
It is hard to do the show myself. I usually set up Thursday and sell in J & J Field on Friday and Saturday. Because the set up is left up, someone needs to sleep in the field to protect from theft. That someone would be the guy I usually set up with, but since he isn’t doing it this year, and I don’t want to sleep in the field so I will be skipping it as a vendor.
I did think about doing it, but I checked the weather for Brimfield and it is RAIN ALL WEEK! Brimfield is an outdoor The fields will be a mess, hard to set up, and turn out might be down. With all these factors, I decided to skip selling and just go to buy.
The completed video from this weeks blog
Every week, I will be putting up a video of the yard sales / estate sales / garage sales / flea markets and more that I visit.