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Estate Sales Anyone?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by RedRiverRose, Sep 19, 2015.

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  1. RedRiverRose

    RedRiverRose Low-Roller

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    When I am not in Vegas or other casinos I like to go to local Estate Sales. I also do Estate Sales online. I basically study the photos that are provided, do any research needed and buy items for my personal use and enjoyment. There are some nice things to be had from these sales and the last day they mark everything down to 50% sometimes more. You can also bid on higher priced items if you don't want to pay the marked price. This is a lot of entertainment for me and could be a nice resell business if I wasn't so lazy.

    Does anyone else on the board go to Estate sales?
    Have you gotten a valuable item at an Estate sales?
    Do they have estate sales in the Las Vegas area?
     
  2. C0usineddie

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    Dont do the estate sale thing but do keep my eyes peeled on craigslist for good deals.

    Got a punching bag that was super nice ringside pro type. The guy listed it as "puching bag" so i was the only one that called about it. got it for about 1/4 of what i would have paid new.

    used it for a solid 3 years and soled it on craigslist battered and bruised for twice what i paid.

    Bought a scroll saw the same way. normal price was close to 500$ but paid 100$ for it. it was brand new with the original factory blade still in it. still had the sealant on the top.

    misspelled listings are my friend.
     
  3. TomTWI

    TomTWI High-Roller

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    Yes since we now stay in Vegas for three to four weeks we have started going to Estate Sales. Would never think of doing it on a shorter stay. We have gotten to know some of the better sellers. I like it because it gets me into all areas and some very nice homes. My wife likes it because she's a shopper.

    Most weekends we will go to a couple two three. She will do the research online and give me the addresses I will nix the ones in shady areas or too far. We never make money at it because my wife is a collector (hoarder) not a seller.

    Does anyone else on the board go to Estate sales? Yes
    Have you gotten a valuable item at an Estate sales? Nothing of real value but some unique and fun things
    Do they have estate sales in the Las Vegas area? Normal weekends there are several

    Have fun

    TomTWI
     
  4. HoyaHeel

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    Ironically, when I was younger and living in apartments, I went to estate sales all the time. Now that I have a house, I don't much. I did when I first moved to NC (actually, lots of country auctions over estate sales).

    My best estate sale was in my apt building in DC - neighbor died, her husband had been a diplomat - stuff from EVERYWHERE - handled by lawyers because no family. They didn't stage anything, just had a room full of trunks. I spent a few hours digging through the trunks (it was a Sunday morning, the sale hadn't been announced - hardly anyone else was there, just people who happened to walk by on the way to brunch!) I got some great serving pieces, 2 complete sets of flatware (one stainless, one silverplate). I still use everything I bought at that sale - I cleaned up!!!
     
  5. makikiboy

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    I used to go to auctions and estate sales all the time. Also went to those storage auctions but lately I haven't been going. Not worth it lately, usually the "professionals" who know prices attend so hard to get good deals anymore. Once and a while I attend our local attorney general auctions (usually confiscated stuff from gambling and drug arrests) but these professionals usually attend also so no good deals anymore. In addition those storage wars on tv the past few years have made people want to buy stuff sight unseen so they jack up prices so it is no longer worthwhile to attend.

    I used to buy used computers (and printers), bikes and other things and refurbish them and resell them but nowadays you don't get much anymore for them, much cheaper for people to buy a new computer/pc/tablet and throw away/recycle the old one. They are now sending the found bikes to the west coast to auction (need to pay for shipping to bring back, too expensive) so it is no longer worthwhile to bid/buy them to resell. I used to pick up nice bikes for cheap, usually less than $50, fix them up and resell them for $200 or more.

    But the hard part for me (I live in a condo) was finding a place to store all the stuff I picked up. I would sell them on craigslist (and ebay - the good stuff) but my house would be stuffed with things that I wouldn't have a use for.

    I never attended an auction in vegas, my time usually is limited and I don't want to spend hours at an auction when I could be doing other things, like gambling.
     
  6. Champ

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    The estate sales I've been to in my area are usually so overpriced that it's just a waste of time. My wife and I used to hit garage sales and storage auctions and then list the items on eBay. But then the "Storage Wars" series started and became popular and prices on units inflated too much to be able to turn a profit. We still hit garage sales time to time for fun.
     
  7. vwhiten

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    I used to go to estate sales and garage sales etc when I had a booth at a local Antique Mall. I also used to love to go the estate auctions. I have been able to pick up some good things over the years. My sister lives about an hour away from me and always hits up the sales in San Antonio - she gets some great deals. Designer clothing and purses with tags on for pennies on the dollar. She loves Enid Collins purses and probably has about 20+. She also goes to a local pawn shop and picks up James Avery jewelry for a great price. I collect the older Made in Japan Christmas figurines. Napco, Holt Howard, etc.

    I also used to sell things on ebay. -- I had an old helmet I got from my Dad -- his story was he got it off a dead North Korean -- which didn't make sense because he told me he never left the ship (he was in the navy). I hung on to this helmet forever. My son had it for years in his room with his little army figurines. One day -- about 15 years ago I decided to put the helmet on ebay - It was very plain -- the leather inside was in good shape and there was something stamped on the leather in German. I started it out @ $25 and was hoping to get around $75 -- The bids were pouring in -- when it was all done it sold for over $3000 -- apparently it was a Luftwaffe paratrooper helmet - rare. My husband almost threw it away. Now the same helmet is worth over $5000.
     
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