Do you smell that? Yep, it’s the smell of wet cardboard, and moth-eaten sweaters–yard sale season has finally returned!
If you’re new to Cool & Collected, I should warn you that the next few months are likely to be filled with posts like this one, where I show off the treasures I find at the yard sales here in Virginia. This year, my prospecting may be a bit spotty due to the fact that I am now a soccer dad and Saturday mornings are spent on the sidelines watching kids run around and occasionally kicking a ball.
This Saturday was just such an example–on the ride home, after my son’s game, we saw a sign pointing to a yard sale, so of course we made a quick detour. We didn’t find gold in that garage, but I did find these old bumper stickers in the FREE bin…
This guy was a collector and probably had a hundred stickers, but I picked out a few of my favorites. I gave hm a quarter since I felt badtaking his free stuff and not buying anything. Here’s where I steal a feature from Pawn Stars and American Pickers and tell you what I paid and what the i feel the items are worth, based on recent eBay sale prices…
Value: $0.00 (but I like them!)
We only stopped at one more yard sale on the way home, but it was a good one! It was already 11:30, and I thought anything worthwhile would be long gone, but fortunately, I was wrong. Raise your hand if you played with one of these when you were a kid…
I have long known that vintage Fisher Price Little People are worth their weight in gold on eBay, (You doubt me? Go ahead and click that link, I’ll wait.) and this castle is the playset everyone wants. I sold one of these not too long ago with a bunch of figures and accessories, but there was only the castle this time. It’s in pretty good shape, but one of the stickers is torn, and a rainbow sticker was added to the roof, but I should be able to remove that. (TIP: Always be on the lookout for the pink dragon from the castle set, and Snuffleupagus from the Sesame Street set. They’re easily worth $20+ each.)
I bought this huge bag of Construx parts, mainly because I saw a Darth Vader figure in it. I was hoping there might be more Star War figures so I took a shot.
You never know what you will find in a bag of old toy parts. I was happy to find a Ziploc bag filled with Construx instruction manuals and decal sheets…
And these awesome Masters of the Universe and Transformers inserts…
And there were a few Star Wars items including these pieces from the Ewok Village…
And a couple of action figures and Micromachines. Oh, and it looks like the rope from Zartan’s sled!
My kids and I are absolutely going to try and assemble those Construx sets before selling them.
I found a box of Western/Indian Playmobil toys with tons of pieces, and this practically new 4-CD Star Wars Soundtrack box set was just a buck!
These next two items were purchased for our own enjoyment. My kids love Battleship on the iPad, so I thought I’d show them this old school Electronic version, and that Spacewarp roller coaster looks like a blast. We’ll play with them until we get bored and then sell them to someone else to enjoy.
If my sons behave at a yard sale, I give them a quarter to spend. This is what my first-born bought with his quarter…
That frisbee is actually a 1973 glow-in-the-dark Wham-O and sells for ten bucks–It must be in the genes!
Value: Priceless (have you ever seen a 4-year old boy with a whoopee cushion?)
All in all, it was a great omen for this year’s yard sale season, and I am already excited to head out next Saturday. Did you find any treasure this weekend? Let’s hear it!