On Strike!

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.

You got that where???

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 ūüėĘ. 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.

Tips & Tricks for hustling at Yard & Estate Sales

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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Rain Rain GO AWAY!!!

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My face when I see the weather report for this weekend ūüė¶

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.

 

 

 

Schlemiel! Schlemazel!

This week we started our yard sailing in Riverside RI. ¬†There was a “Multifamily” sale that started at 7:00. ¬†I picked up my yard sale buddy, Cousin Julie (aka Pricey) and we headed over. ¬†This yardsale was a disappointment. ¬†There were a ton of signs, and it was easy to find, but it was not a multifamily. ¬†It wasn’t even a multi table!! They probably had more signs up than items.

That was the only local sale that started at 7:00, and since we had time before the others, we headed over to an Estate Sale to sign in. ¬†Estate sales are fierce. ¬†This estate sale had run last weekend, so this week was the “Fill the bag for $3” ¬†so they could clear out the house. ¬†There was a sign up sheet out front, so we signed in.

Signin sheet.pngI was #5 on the list. ¬†I signed in a “Lady Glitter Sparkles Seriously”. ¬†(I have been using this name lately as an homage to the movie “Trolls”, a film on heavy rotation in my family. If you have a 2 year old, you know where I am coming from.)

From there, we left to hit some other local yard sales.  We hit 2 yard sales, found some items, and then returned to the estate sale.  The estate sale lets 25 people in at a time, and we were in the first group to be let in.  The place was pretty picked over since it was the second week.  The person who owned the home was really into photography, and even had a dark room in the basement.  I grabbed 3 dark room timers for $6 and headed out.

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These are pretty cool vintage items. ¬†The hands and numbers on the black ones are glow in the dark. ¬†Photography items usually sell quick for me, and although I have never flipped these before, for $6, I couldn’t go wrong.

The last yard sale we went to was at a home right on the water in Barrington.  The house had to be a million dollar home.  (Barrington is one of the wealthiest communities in Rhode Island, hence a place I do most of my yard sale hunting)

There were a bunch of items, more modern stuff. ¬†In the corner of the yard, there was a display of old flat top beer cans. ¬†Next to the display was a huge box of more beer cans. ¬†I would estimate over 100 flat top beer cans. ¬†Now, I am not into beer cans, and usually I don’t buy a big box of items I don’t know if I can flip, but the price was $4. ¬†Again, at that price I can’t resist. ¬†There are some beer cans that sell for hundreds on eBay, and I figured if I couldn’t sell them, I could turn them in the for $.05 deposit in Massachusetts.

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When I bought the cans, I handed $4 to the woman running the yard sale. She yelled out Schlemiel! Her daughter said “Mom, did you just make up a word” ¬†and she ¬†said to her daughter, It is a real word, it means clumsy.

I said, “I remember that was in the opening to Lavern & Shirley, and then I sang the opening to a show I watched probably as much as my two year old watches Trolls.

Schlemiel! Schlemazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! We’re gonna do it!”

I never knew what those words meant. ¬†And I don’t know if the woman was calling me a “Schlemiel” but when I looked it up, this is what it says.

Schlemiel: n, an unlucky burglar; chump; clumsy person (Yiddish)

Schlemazel: n, a very unlucky or inept person who fails at everything (Yiddish)

I hope I am not any unlucky burglar, because I did get those flat top beer cans at a steal!

 

Let the season begin!

TWO HUNDRED AND NINE!!!!

209 yard sales scheduled for Saturday morning!!! All these yard sales are within a 20 mile radius.

Unfortunately, I still have to get to work tomorrow.  I open my store Warren Exchange at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays….but during yard sale season it tends to open a little late.  My customers usually don’t mind…..they are out yard sailing too.

I am going to try to hit a multi family in East Providence for 7:00 a.m. and then a few in Barrington on my way to Warren

I map out the ones I will hit on Yard Sale Treasure Map App. It works for both android and iPhones, and gathers all the advertised yard sales and maps and links them for you.  I recommend the app for anyone who enjoys yard sailing.  

Of course when you see a unadvertised yard sale sign on your travels ALWAYS stop.  If a yard sale is not advertised on Craigslist or the local classifieds it is almost always excellent.  Less competition is always good.

Happy Sailing ‚õĶÔłŹ

Chelsea Flea Market Episode 1

Welcome to Episode 1 of Yod Sale

This weekend we visited  the Chelsea Flea!

This isn’t how I pictured the first episode going. ¬†Of course I pictured doing quick interviews, finding cool stuff, and giving a few tips…..but my daughter had other plans.

Please enjoy, like and subscribe over at youtube ūüôā

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We spent this weekend in New York.  While we were there we visited the Chelsea Flea Market on West 25th street. There were a few forces going against us.  It was Earth Day, so many of the streets in the surrounding area were closed for an Earth Day celebration and a road race.  It was also raining, but the biggest force to be reckoned with was my 2.5 year old daughter Sidney.

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Chelsea Flea is and outdoor market, in the shadows of a cathedral. The admission is $1. The vendors range from antiques, jewelry, smalls, books, music and clothing.
Unfortunately, by the time we got there, the rain had begun….And my daughter wanted to shall we say “stretch her legs”
I did see some interesting items, and I will be posting a video as soon as it is edited.

Heeeeeerrre we goooooooo!

I’ve been yard sailing for years, or shall I say “yod sailin for yeahs.”

Born and raised in the Biggest Little state in the USA, Rhode Island, and I have come across some interesting things and people in my travels.

I enjoy the hunt, I enjoy the people, I enjoy the money.

I hope you will find this site interesting and visit me often.