Hoarders House

This week I got to buy out a hoarders house.  I go into many houses, but this was one of the most impressive collections I have ever seen.

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There was not one spot on any walls that were uncovered. The man who owned the home was placed in a nursing home because he had started to show signs of dementia.

I have gone to the home two times, filled up a pickup truck both times and my SUV one time, and still haven’t made a dent in the collection.

I deal with a good amount of collectors, and it is interesting to see how people display the items they collect.  One toy dealer who visits my store weekly, puts everything in plastic bins and keeps them hermetically sealed in storage.  Not much fun if you ask me. Sure, his collection will hold value, but I don’t think you get much enjoyment out of your items if you are hiding them away.

The man who owned this home, he displayed everything.  Sure, his items lost value not being in the original packing, but he got to enjoy them.  By the time it came to sell the stuff, he was in a nursing home any way, so did it really matter?

I got a ton of books for Amazon, and 13 boxes of comics.  It is going to take forever to go through everything.  What is interesting was when I got the house, within 5 minutes I thought there was no chance I was going to buy anything because it was so overwhelming.  But after spending a while going through things, I was able to buy some stuff.  It was hard, back breaking work, carrying 200 pounds of books out, but my father alway told me you can make money doing what others refuse to do.  I think the majority of people who would walk into the house would have walked out just due to the smell.  Hopefully the patience will pay off, I am sure it will.

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These pictures are from the cleanest and most organized part of the home, the owners office, where he would customize many of the action figures.

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The history behind the sale…

I go to a ton of Estate and yard sales.  I try to hit some every week.  Usually, at estate sales, you don’t see the family who owns the items.  Most of the time you just figure it was elderly people that moved into a nursing home or passed away.  You can always tell it is elderly people by the furnishing, pictures, and most of all the lighting.  For some reason elderly people like dim lights.

This week I went to an estate sale in Barrington.  Later that night, my cousin called me to tell me it was the “Barrington Twins” house.  I knew the story, it made national news.

Two 97-year-old twin sisters apparently froze to death Saturday after they fell outside and were stranded overnight just steps from one of their Rhode Island homes.

The sisters had returned to Haley’s home from dinner Friday night with their 89-year-old sister. The younger sister, who lives elsewhere in Barrington and wasn’t named by police, left the two sisters at some point before the falls, police said.

They said Williams was going to her car to leave Haley’s home when she fell in the driveway, near the rear of her vehicle. When Haley attempted to re-enter her home to call for help, police said she may have tripped on a rug in the garage and fallen.

While it is very sad, you have to think they had a pretty wonderful life.  The house was incredible, and they were out enjoying diner with family on their last night.  They did live a long life, that I am sure was filled with its ups and downs, but they came into the world together and they left together.

After that estate sale I went to a yard sale in Bristol.  All the items were Elvis related, so I asked the woman if this was “Elvis’s House”.  Bristol had a man who was known as Elvis. His love for elvis and all things Elvis was incredible. He came to my shop a bunch of times to buy and sell stuff.  (He actually asked me out a few times too)  This past winter he passed away.

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My favorite memory of Elvis was when he came to my store about 5-6 years ago.  He had a box lot of stuff, I don’t even remember what it was he was selling.  A guy working at my store at the time said “I’ll give you $50 for it” and Elvis yelled out “I want $40, I’m not taking any less than $40!”  The friend he was with said “HE JUST SAID HE WOULD GIVE YOU $50 YOU DUMMY!”  Everyone at the store laughed, including Elvis.  You could tell he must have been working himself up to say the “I’m not taking less than $40” line, he must have been practicing that line the whole car ride to the shop. He was such a nice guy.  Especially sad that he had just beaten cancer.  43 is too young to die.

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Diving into Amazon Merch!

The more I know, the more I do not know.  I find this out everyday.  I have been selling on eBay, etsy, and multiple other online forums for a while now.  I just started Amazon FBA in March, and this week I am starting Amazon Merch.  Merch is P.O.D. Print on demand.  You upload your image / design to a shirt, and when that shirt sells, you get a commission.  Here is one of my first designs that was accepted. (click on it and go right to Amazon!)


I decided on this design because I figure summer is here, and there will be a bunch of Reggae festivals going on, so I am trying to capitalize on that.  I always loved the old school 45 RPM place holder, so I thought it was a good play on the image.  Hopefully it takes off 🙂 If you are interested in buying it, just click the photo and go right to amazon.

I only started this business this week, so I will update the progress in a month to see how it goes.  If you are interested in hustling, please subscribe.  I have been living on the hustle since 2009!  I’m trying to get into more passive income as I am getting older, so follow my journey.

Happy Hunting!

The Direction….

directionWhen I first started this blog / instagram / youtube channel/ et al, I figured I would just do yard sales.  I am finding that I want to do more, expand.  There are so many things I am interested in.  I’m not saying I’m the most interesting person in the world, but I’m far from boring.

You can find all types of people that probably have similar interests as I do. I am just saying, I am going to start using this and all my platforms as a sort of virtual diary.  Of course there will be many entries on yard sales / hustling, because that is a major part of my life.  But there is much more.

I listen to Gary Vee and how he says “it is all about the legacy” I want to document some of my life for my legacy.

So here is a little background on me.

I’m 40 years old….it seems weird to say that because I always though 40 was old but now I am there, I still don’t feel like an adult. (Side note, I do think this blog/vlog might be associated to a midlife crisis….and I am sure we will explore that)

I was born and raised in Rhode Island.  Lived here most of my life.  I did live in Spain for 6 months while studying abroad in college.

I am a wife, married on July 24, 2011 in Central Park NY.  That was the day Gay Marriage became legal in NY, and since it was not legal in RI at the time, I got married there.

I am a mother of two beautiful girls.  Their conception and birth will probably be explored on this blog as well.

I love filming.  I made a feature documentary “Happy Endings?” and made it into wikipedia! The documentary follow women who work in Asian massage parlors in Rhode Island during the time prostitution was decriminalized

I currently own a little shop called Warren Exchange, I buy and sell stuff.  eBay, Etsy, Amazon, you name the platform, I’m probably on it.

If you looked at my instagram feed, you would see a bunch of pictures of coins, drag queens, tattoos, and hip hop.  These are my favorite things.

I  do a weekly podcast with my friend Sabrina who is in the UK.  We mostly discuss culture, politics, and trending topics.  We have very different perspective on everything. Check it here on Soundcloud and here on Youtube

So, that is me in a nut shell.  I hope you decide to follow me on this journey.

 

 

 

 

Providence Flea (A walk through)

This week I was planning on doing trash picking, but the “expert” I was going to video ended up stuck in Cape Cod.  I held my own “Wicked Big Yod Sale” on Saturday, and on Sunday I went to the Providence Flea.  Providence is the home to RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, Ivy League for Art Schools.  The Providence Flea is not the traditional flea market.  First, the setting if GEORGEOUS.  Right on the water. Also, you can tell it is curated, they select the vendors.  At a bunch of flea markets I frequent, you can buy dish washing detergent and other stuff from coupon hustlers.  (I am not knocking the coupon hustlers, I respect any hustle, and I buy that stuff too….anything to save a dollar!)  This is a high end flea market. A bunch of conversion pieces, refinished and repurposed.  One of my favorites is Sugar High Jewels.  The owner makes jewelry out of CANDY!!!! What woman doesn’t love candy and jewelry?  That is a beautiful marriage.

So, please check out this weeks vlog.  I tried to capture the vendors business cards, so if you are interested in any of the pieces, you can contact them directly.

Thanks for watching…..happy hunting!

 

Yod Sale Vlog Season 1 Episode 4


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This week we hit a few more yard sales and an estate sale.  The weather was horrible on Friday and I think that kept the number of yard sales down.  Also the fact that this was a holiday weekend, many people travel and are not around to have or go to yard sales.  The estate sale was weird in the fact that the resident was still in the house.  Most estate sales, the home owner has either moved or passed away.  There was one “fight” at the start of the estate sale.  I have to remind myself that I am filming, because usually when I see an estate or yard sale fight, I walk away.  I need to remember I am filming so I can get that footage….I know it is the footage that everyone wants.  This upcoming weekend, I will be holding my own yard sale at the store with a few other people.  Also I am going to go trash picking with a friend on Sunday.  It should be fun.  Make sure you come back for that.  Happy Hunting!

Yod Sale Vlog Season 1 Episode 3

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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