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Yard Sale Aggrevation

by William
posted 07-31-2011 05:07 AM

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 05:11 AM

Hmmm. I never look at at ads, I just head out and see where my truck takes me. I do try to get out early to find the best deals…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 08:11 AM

It beats the paper screwing up your obituary….........

Words of wisdom from the krunk master…..........

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 08:23 AM

Try pawn shop.

-- Grant Laird Jr - Garland, Texas

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 01:34 PM

once in a while you may run across a good garage sale. most of the time it’s just a bunch of crap. same goes for most “flea-markets” out there….. I think most o these folks don’t have any incomes anymore, so, they’re just puttin it all for sale, including their junk. CL is the way to go I think also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 07-31-2011 03:01 PM

Thanks guys. I just ad to rant somewhere and figured this was a good place to do it. I thought some of you may have went through the same thing.
It’s good to see you around KTMM. I know you and yours have been through a lot lately. I hope everyone is holding up well. I can’t offer much besides prayers. I’m always a phone call away though if you want to chat with someone.


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#6 posted 07-31-2011 03:15 PM

I went to a yard sale two weeks ago based on an ad that said “HUUUUGE Yard Sale. You don’t want to miss this one”.
It was only about five minutes away so I thought it would be worthwhile to check out. When I got there, the entire inventory was displayed on three drop cloths, and consisted entirely of homemade beaded jewelry.

I asked the homeowner “is this the HUUUUGE Yard Sale that was advertised on CL”?
She replied laughingly “yep. Aren’t you glad you didn’t miss it”

I just rolled my eyes and walked away.

Some people really suck.

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Lee Barker

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#7 posted 07-31-2011 03:15 PM

I understand your aggravation, and as far as their advertising goes, you can’t do a thing to change the status quo. What you could do is set your own geographical limit—a sort of red circle around your place, and go just to sales within that radius. You will eventually find tools, you will be less aggravated about spent fuel, and you’ll still enjoy the thrill of the hunt.

And maybe find a new blender.

And see a lot of Presto Hot Doggers, various devices for removing wine corks, sets of three sawhorse brackets for 2×4s, gaudy brass candle holding absurdities and more Avon bottles than Heinz has varieties.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#8 posted 07-31-2011 04:58 PM

I’m with you Bro,

I get aggravated with the ole ‘bait and switch’ too. Especially the ads that state “Solid Wood” and you get there to find it’s made of veneered particleboard.

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#9 posted 07-31-2011 07:44 PM

I just ran into the same deal yesterday, two sales offering tools, no tools, driving home went past a storage
unit that had a sign saying sale, had all kinds of antique tools and some new ones, they knew what the old
ones were worth, but I did get a 14” Handyman plane for $11, and met a nice gentleman who had a
collection of old planes Keen Kutters included, and wood working tools. I am trying to get him to join this site,
so you can share the eye candy.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Rick Dennington

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#10 posted 07-31-2011 08:04 PM

I don’t like yard sales, junk shops, and flea markets….All they ever have is crap. I got better things to do with my time that go out looking at all that crap. And that’s what most of it is when you do go….You might have to drive around all day long in order to find one item that would be of good use to you…..been there..done that, and never again…..I just as soon stay home and swap thumbs…

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#11 posted 07-31-2011 09:14 PM

I love yard sales ebay junk shops flea markets all the things you hate hey it’s better than watching tv Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#12 posted 07-31-2011 09:33 PM

I’m with you Alistair, plus all those Boot Sales. It’s a nice browsing pastime …............. and you never know what you might find.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#13 posted 07-31-2011 10:44 PM

I have calmed myself to a reasonable level from yesterday’s experience.
I want to say once and for all though, that the next time I have even some loose change, enough go-juice in the truck, and a paper in hand with yard sales listed, I’ll be at it again. I love the yard sales. I thirst after the great deals. I quest for the hunt. I am a certified, card carrying, yard sale addict.
If I had to put a number on it, I’d have to say at least 75% of my tools have come from yard sale ventures. I put it that way because some of them came from storage sales, auctions, and flea markets. However, I found these type sales in my searches for yard sales.
I have bought:
$10 Craftsman direct drive 16” scroll saw.
$15 Craftsman direct drive 13” scroll saw.
$12 Craftsman 1HP router.
$20 lot of thrity pipe clamps of varying lengths.
$10 lot of C-clamps of varying sizes.
$25 12 gallon wet/dry vacuum.
$30 Craftsman 10” table saw.
$5 Dewalt sabre saw.
$5 Chicago Electric biscuit joiner with plenty of biscuits of varying sizes.
$1 box (pretty good size) of sanding pads that fit my sanders.
$40 roll around Snap-On cart that is now my sanding cart.
$0 3-piece set of hand held sanders that were thrown in free with the Snap-On cart.
This is just what I can think of right off the top of my head. Dont even get me started on the hammers, squares, stright edges, masking tape, glues, paints, stains, and all the other things I have picked up along the way.
Then there’s the other things I have picked up. I forget the name brand, but I bought a $1 old hand plane that I picked up for SuperD, a fellow lumberjerk, a while back.


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#14 posted 07-31-2011 11:57 PM

While I enjoy going to G Sales, I don’t go looking for them. If I happen to see a sign, I’d stop and check it out. That way, I won’t be disappointed if it was full of children’s clothing and toys. I’ve found some great buys as well as I’ve walked away from a lot of junk! My most recent find was a Boice Crane 24” scroll saw for $30 and a 10” Rigid contractor’s table saw on mobile base for $100 and it came with 5 blades (all in good shape)! I treat GS as fun and bargains as something extra!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#15 posted 08-01-2011 03:41 AM

Here in rural Florida garage/yard sales seem to be a cruel joke, as far as tools are concerned. It is very rare to find anything worth actually parting with any cash for. Most seem to think their old junk tools are worth more than new. I have no idea how these people come up with these prices and they won’t haggle on price either . Even with auction fever and shipping charges, I can find much better deals on Ebay.

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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#16 posted 08-01-2011 04:01 AM

I emailed a guy on CL about a table saw. The guy wanted $1400 which is the same price as a new updated model. I told him the truth and said it was way outside my budget. The guy understood and came back 2 weeks later for $1000. It is still to high but it goes to show that people are asking for the moon on stuff to. I hope that maybe the guy will go down to $800. You just never know.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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jim C

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#17 posted 08-01-2011 04:25 AM

How many of you honestly need the crap they push at a yard/garage sale? I would bet your garages/attics/basements are full of junk you don’t even know you have.
Most of you are the people with the pick-ups, rotting lawn mowers and old tires in the front yard with the weeds growing around them.
If I have something I haven’t used in 6 months, it goes at the end of the driveway for the garbage man on Monday morning.
Get a life and do something productive rather than trading/ adding to the residential junk piles.
Americana at it’s worst.

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#18 posted 08-01-2011 04:43 AM

I’m…. actually with Jim C.

There’s a fine line between having what you need and collecting stuff you’ll never touch.

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#19 posted 08-01-2011 11:31 PM

jim c says: How many of you honestly need the crap they push at a yard/garage sale?

I would rather buy a used American made tool than a brand new Chinese one. Where else can I easily shop for things like an American made circular saw and actually examine what I may be spending my money on? And I do make my living with my tools.

I know some people that make considerable amounts of cash by shopping yard sales/flea markets and reselling what they find on Ebay. You would probably be amazed at what some people will pay for things like vintage clothing, not to mention furniture and antique fixtures. Picture that $5 Belstfaff Trailmaster sitting in that pile of jackets and know that it will go for $300+ at auction. Not a bad profit for driving around on a Saturday morning sipping coffee and walking around in the sunshine and then spending 20 minutes taking a picture, writing an ad, and packing it up.
Everybody goes away a winner, someone gets rid of some old junk, someone makes some money, and someone gets to keep warm and look cool, and as an added bonus the landfill doesn’t get filled up as fast.

One mans junk is another mans treasure.

Don’t get me started on our consumer culture of cheap disposable goods….

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Jim Jakosh

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#20 posted 08-04-2011 06:52 AM

You can find some real jewels at garage sales and especially Estate Sales where some woodworker had died and his wife is moving to a condo. My best friend died and I helped his widow sell his tools on Craigslist. Everything went in 3 days and at decent prices. I had most of everything he did so I did not get anything to speak of.

At garage sales I have run into someone who worked for a golf club company and had a box of about 500 #8×3/4 solid brass FH Phillips screws for $5. I have gotten sandpaper real cheap as well as hand tools. You just have to stop at the right time.

We have a neighborhood sale near us that goes off on a Wed, but all the people open their garages up Tues night. Wow, do you find the bargains on Tues night. I’m getting to the point that I don’t have space to house all the bargains tools and supplies so I pass most of the sales by anymore…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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