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went to an estate sale yesterday

Old 04-10-2011, 07:25 AM
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We had jaws drop at my mom's estate yard sales....

$1, $0.50 & $0.25 cent tables....with anything from household goods, to gardening tools, to bake dishes, to yards of fabric. As in $1.00 for about 5 yards of fabric!

We also had some "large ticket items" displayed away from the "bargain" areas that my brothers & I agreed we did need to try to get a good price on. You know what? It worked! People snatched things up from the "bargain" tables & boy do those $1's & quarters add up! And yes - we were able to sell our large ticket items for what we wanted.

Our goal was not to get rich, just to make enough to pay the estate attorney. It worked, it made it easy on us, and people walked away knowing they got a bargain.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:02 AM
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I went to an estate sale yesterday. Last hours and walked away with a hand made 2ft deep, 4 ft wide 7 ft tall "closet" for $20. DH asked what in the world I was going to use it for... add a couple shelves an we have an instant pantry. Instead of paying a box store $200+ for one. Just needs some elbow grease and a little vinegar to look like new...

Wonder if I could convince him to let me have the $180 I saved for fabric?
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:41 AM
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It really bugs me when I see things for sale and there are no prices marked on them. The Bakelite buttons are valuable and you could probably get close to $35 for them but for goodness sake, take them out of the button box, bag them, and put them with the jewelry and stuff that someone is watching. If I were the seller, I'd be afraid someone would take those buttons out of the box and stick them in their pocket!
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:40 AM
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sometimes they think they have gold.
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:13 AM
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Keep watching your Thrift store. They will probably be their.
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:57 AM
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I was selling a car a few years back for $18,000 that had a book value of $19,575. So this man answers my add in the paper and offers me, and I quote, "$10,000 and that's FIRM".

I nicely told him that I was asking $18,000 and would never go down to $10,000 and he started YELLING at me on the phone. Said he only had $10,000 and that's what he would give me. Weird. He would not stop yelling at me and I finally hung up on him. Thankfully he didn't call back.

People can be very strange.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:36 AM
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Good for you for walking away!! Sometimes I think that the people having these sales think that they can charge whatever they want because we made the effort to go to the sale so we must want something really bad. Maybe if those few buttons where worth so much she should have ebay'd them or put them seperately on craigslist.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:14 AM
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I think it is called greed! Good for you in robbing her of the pleasure of skinning you!
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Old 04-11-2011, 12:25 PM
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Good for you for walking away. Bakelite buttons aren't that expensive.
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:33 PM
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I collect buttons and have belonged to a Button Club in the past. Some of the Bakelite buttons are expensive but they are usually individually marked and in the jewelry case. She was just rude. You couldn't be expected to know they were expensive if you are not a collector and she should have displayed them differently. I have seen some buttons (not Bakelite) go for hundreds of dollars. Crazy.
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