If you’re new around these parts, you might not be aware that I am a pretty hardcore yard sale plunderer. For the last few years, I have posted here on Cool & Collected, the items I have bought at yard sales, and since this week’s League topic is all about yard sale finds, I thought it would be fun to dig through those old posts and look back on what I found…
Most of this stuff came and went, with only a small fraction of the items remaining in my personal collection. I sell these items off in order to fund my never-satisfied collecting habit. Looking at these photos all lumped together like this, it really is amazing that I don’t live like a hoarder (though, on a typical Saturday afternoon, it certainly does come close!).
I’ve had some rally great finds at yard sales, with the most valuable one being a kid’s coin collection. This was a cheap “Starter Coin Collection” box, and I only really bought it because I wanted the cardboard coin flips that were in it. I knew there were some coins, but I didn’t bother to look, thinking they were just some foreign coins that would have come with the kit. When I got home, I found there were old silver coins, including some silver dollars — apparently, the kid who owned the kit had been given a pretty nice collection by his dad or grandpa. I actually felt guilty about this, but there was no way I would be able to track down the owner after visiting dozens of sales that morning.
On another occasion, I came across a guy who was selling his mother’s collection of U.S. Mint commemorative coins. These were by no means cheap, but a few of them were gold! He was very happy to sell them to me at his asking price, and I was very happy to get home and find that they would sell for at least five times that amount. It always amazes me what people are willing to sell, and even throw away, to avoid the hassle of eBay or some other route.
My Favorite Yard Sale Find
When I got to thinking about what my favorite yard sale find was, I decided it would have to be something that I added to my own collection, and will probably keep in my collection for a good long time. Here it is…
This is the official membership certificate, decoder, and pinback from the 1959 Supermen of America club. Part of the charm of this set is that I bought it from the original owner, who signed up for the membership when he was a kid. The fact that the membership certificate is signed by none other than Clark Kent is pure gold in my book.
While it’s not exactly a yard sale, my most epic pop culture score was made through a Craigslist posting. Remember this one?