The yard sales have really been kicking my tail this year. I have yet to make “the find” — most of what I’ve found so far are smaller items that I will probably have to sell in large lots. The past two weekends have been no exception. Here are the “highlights”…
This is the meager haul from two weeks ago. I don’t know how many variations of the Batman action figures were released in the last decade, but I seem to find different ones every weekend–there have to be dozens of those guys! The Hex Bugs were a fun find for $2. If you are under 5-years old, those bugs are the funniest thing ever!
Total Paid: $4
This weekend’s finds were a little better. By some strange coincidence, I found two Star Wars Star Destroyers–one wooden kit, and a battery operated plastic vehicle. That plastic one set me back just a dollar but is actually fairly valuable–I could probably sell it for $25 without its missing stand. My favorite find of the day was the anniversary DVD for the Monster Squad. I’ve been looking for that movie for ages, and now I can finally catch up with some old friends.
(Two Star Destroyers) Paid: $3
This G.I. Joe Sigma 6 Snake Eyes is unopened but for some reason is missing the top and bottom caps which served as a weapons case.
I had no idea what these gold Pokemon “cards” were, but I knew my son would be thrilled to have them, so I popped for the 50 cents. A quick Google search showed that these were Burger King toys that are fairly collectible. That King Kong (Donkey Kong?) figure was just icing on the cake!
Anyone else have any luck at the yard sales this weekend? Any diamonds in the rough?
I see some cool stuff Brian. That Homer Simpson figure is sweet. Love the Star Wars, Batman and Spidey stuff too.
Yeah, I really like those Simpsons figures, they’re from a Burger King kids’ meals, and I’ve been finding a lot of them lately. That alien is pretty great.
I found the uncommon Lego whole chicken element, with detachable drumsticks. It was in a bin of Mcdonalds crap. Very cool little bit of plastic food.
The lady gave it to me for free.
Also found a deluxe size Bandai vinyl Godzilla for a buck, as well as a diecast Power Ranger zord ship for free.
Further proof that it pays off to dig through all those Happy Meal toys!
Godzilla for a buck is always a steal. 😉
We bought a huge lot of toys from a friend that we’re flipping to a toy dealer for almost 3x what we paid. There was literally nothing in the lot I wanted to keep, but it was a nice mix of Star Wars Unleashed, 200x MOTU, MOTU Stactions, and anime/video game toys.
Sounds like a good score to me! One of my favorite tecniques for buying is to purchase a large lot of items, pull out the one good piece, and then resell the rest for more than I spent. Circle of life 😉
If I’m not mistaken, I believe the Pokemon cards are(very thinly) gold plated. The each came in a shiny Pokeball, and had to be seperate purchase from your meal. The promotion at the time was a huge selection of different Pokemon that each had an action feature(i.e – tops, water squirters, talking etc.). I still have the Blastoise water squirter from when the promotion was active. You can’t tell me that a giant tortoise that walks on 2 feet, and has cannons on his shell isn’t cool.
And do I see a Jenine figure from The Real Ghostbusters line? 🙂
Thanks for the info Jason! Those Pokemon cards are 23k gold plated. They’re pretty heavy.
Yeah, that’s a screaming Janine figure. I have found quite a few Real Ghostbusters figures at yard sales. Last year I also found the fire station, so I’ll have a pretty good lot to put up in the store before long.
The Pizza says
I’ll tell you my yard sale horror story this weekend. After I hit up my usual flea market where I found nothing for the first time this season, I saw signs for “BIG TOY YARDSALE” — so of course I rushed over there. These people had all minty 70s/80s/90s toys that they were selling for quarters a piece. I wasn’t hallucinating this. My wife thought I was making it up when I told her. The horrible part is the seller told me some guy had just taken all the Ninja Turtles, MOTU and Transformers stuff before I got there. I felt sick to my stomach and could barely enjoy hunting through the rest of it. I did end up scrapping a TMNT vehicle, a He-Man and Skeletor bendy, and some vintage Star Wars candy head dispensers (1983) for a quarter each. I saw the dispensers go for $8 a piece on eBay, so I did alright there.
Ugh. there’s no worse feeling than seeing someone hauling away awesome stuff while you walk up the driveway. 😉 At least it wasn’t a total loss, those bendys sound cool, and candy containers are starting to be hot collectibles!
Alex Dubi says
I believe that King Kong figure is actually from the Rainforest Cafe! They have a whole range of plastic toys modeled after the restaraunt’s animal logo. I had this one and an alligator when I was little!
Thanks for the info Alex! You saved me a bunch of time trying to track it down. 😉
& to think I paid full price for my Destroyers… DAMMIT! (unfortunately, there is no sarcasm featured in this comment. I really did pay full price for them. In 2001.)