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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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!

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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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!

 

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.