This past Saturday may have been the last gasp for neighborhood yard sales around here. I hit up two different neighborhoods and may not have found a ton of items, but what I did find made me very happy.
Not a bad haul. I cherrypicked some records from someone who had a pretty sizable collection for sale at a dollar a pop. If I knew anything about vintage LPs, I probably could have found some nice ones in the mix, but I ended up just getting the “big” ones — Beatles, Rolling Stones, Monkees, etc. I was really excited to find the two HeroScape games late in the day. I’ve sold a few of these over the years and know they can be worth a few bucks, so getting these for $10 was a great deal. I’m also curious to see how the JAL inflatable airplane does on eBay. It has a lot gong for it — vantage advertising, airplane, Japan — it could sell for a lot or it could be a bust, we’ll see.
Just last week, I was saying that I rarely find Harry Potter action figures at yard sales, and then this guy shows up. You gotta love seeing post-it notes with eBay prices on them at yard sales. The seller obviously knows what it’s worth, so I usually walk on by, but I asked this time. Their price was $5, I offered $2 and brought it home. Since they already did the homework for me, I figured this was a no-brainer.
I don’t know if that’s an acknowledged medical condition or not, but I have a bit of a fetish for drawers. The more drawers the better, and if those drawers have compartments — swoon. This vintage wooden tool chest is a beauty. It needed a good cleaning, smells of linseed oil, and has a cool flip top and locking mechanism — and its top drawer has compartments. Expect to see this cabinet as a backdrop for many future photos here on the site.
Now this has to be the catch of the day, or year, for me. Apparently, this once hung in the local Joe’s Crab Shack and was given to the seller, who was an employee there, after he quit — so it was probably stolen. I can’t blame the guy, I would have stolen it myself, it’s so great — actually, I did steal it, bringing it home for just $20! It’s two-sided, but the other side doesn’t have the writing. The name of my graphic design business is Big Fish Design, so buying big fish is nothing new to me (sorry, hon). This is probably the third or fourth oversized fish in my house as of this writing, but it’s my new favorite.
When you buy large items like this, you have to find a place for them, which means the newly rearranged cave is going to see even more reshuffling this week. I have just the spot for this, I just need to head to Lowes for some hardware to hang it from the ceiling. Hopefully, I won’t break my neck in the process of hanging it — or worse, break a tail or fin.
Check out Will West’s latest Thrift Justice post to see his awesome Batman find. Did you find anything good this week.