You smell that? The scent of grass clippings, cherry blossoms, and people’s musty old junk hauled out of storage — thats right, yard sale season is here!
I had pretty good luck at a big community yard sale this past Saturday. Yard sales are where I get my stock for the year — items that I can resell online to make money to fund my own collection, so if you see anything in this post that you want, send me a message. So, what did I find? I’m glad you asked…
A few highlights: Furby Gremlin, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake pan, Back tot he Future II DeLorean still in it’s packaging, Williams & Sonoma Star Wars and Marvel cookie cutters, and a sealed Toy Biz X-Men set of action figures.
I seem to find a lot of Godzilla toys around here, which makes me happy for the youth of this country. These guys are awesome!
Oh noooo! More Godzilla! I would never have dreamed of finding a repair manual for a Bally Twilight Zone pinball machine, but that is the beauty of hitting up the yard sales.
I don’t know a thing about Power Rangers, but I always find them in droves, so somebody probably wants them. Surprisingly, I almost never find Harry Potter figures though.
I cleaned out a teenager’s collection of action figures. I think he was sad to see these Star Wars figures go. He had them all neatly arranged with their weapons and accessories and when I bought the whole box, I just dumped them into a bag. These were for my kids, and I knew what they would do them anyway, so keeping everything separate was not going to happen. Side note: These figures are perfect example of why today’s action figures are AWFUL toys, and why I rarely buy new action figures for my kids. My sons spent about eight seconds with these figures before a pile of legs, heads, and hands formed at the bottom of the box. If you can’t smack a couple of figures together without them breaking into pieces, they are simply not fun. Poor General Grievous.
Now here’s a group of Star Wars toys that I’ll probably hold onto for a while, at least until I can see which duplicates I have. These were purchased from a collector, and they are perfect. You know if they are being sold in a mylar baggie, they aren’t going to cost a quarter. I paid fair prices for these, even though I’m not an active Star Wars collector, mainly because this is something you just can’t pass up when you find them at a yard sale. This seller had a whole box full of POTF carded figures, but I’ve been burned on those before, so I didn’t even bother looking through them. Anyone want to tell me what those two plastic pieces came from? One looks like a battery cover, and the other looks like a hatch door.
A day of yard saying isn’t complete until I buy an item that just makes my wife shake her head. This week’s item was this blazing orange cold water immersion survival suit. We live a hundred miles from the ocean, so finding this in someone’s yard around here is a mystery. After a bit of Google searching, I learned that this is from a retired US Navy ship that once ferried Saturn missiles around — how could I pass that up?!? I also picked up a used long board that might make a great shelf, and a giant monkey, because, well, monkey.
So, that’s a wrap for the first weekend of yard sale hunting this season. Did you find anything cool this weekend? Do tell!