Well, sidewalks anyway….
Today just before closing, a man came into the shop with a thousand dollar bill
As you can see, this isn’t your average “Cleveland”. This bill is encased in lucite.
The $1000 bill was printed until 1946, and taken out of circulation in by the federal reserve in 1969 by the federal reserve under the direction of Nixon. Nixon believed the higher denomination currency made it easier for criminals to launder money.
This $1000 was in a sidewalk in Barrington, RI. Apparently a homeowner in Barrington put a $1000, a $100, a $50 and a $20 all in the walkway. The home owner (according to the neighbor) put the money in there and enjoyed watching people trying to dig it out. It had been there for as long as she could remember…and was removed today.
The man who brought the bill in was doing construction on that neighbors house, and decided to take his hammer drill and pull that bad boy out of the ground.
He had already brought it to the bank and they said they could not accept it because they could not physically touch it, so he brought it to me.
I sort of wish I bought it, but I didn’t. I love quirky stories and local history, and this was both. As a mater of fact, I even put something in the sidewalk cement during construction just recently. But I don’t think that someone will try to get it out in 50+ years from now, it is only a buffalo nickel with my initials. (See that blog here: Wet Cement)
I told him he could contact the Internal Revenue Service and they would be able to “remove it from circulation” and would probably send him a check for $720. $1000 minus the 28% tax, cause the government always needs their piece of the action 🙂
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!
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.
I hope you enjoy this peek into the fields of Brimfield. Please like and subscribe on my Youtube channel and leave comments 🙂
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.
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 ⛵️
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.
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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.
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.
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.