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New to Storage Auctions? / Thrift stores/goodwill
« on: January 28, 2012, 11:06:06 PM »
So I just had my first flea market experience as a vendor. I made some profit and want to go out again next week. I've got some stuff from friends that they want me to sell for them for a percentage but I still want to get more inventory. One of the regulars at the flea told me that just starting out we should focus mostly on thrift stores and goodwill picking. He said that one thing he found was that kids' jackets and hats with sports team's logos on them sell for around a buck at goodwill and you could get $3 for them all day at the flea. Any other ideas as to what I should look out for?

Flea Markets / First time out
« on: January 28, 2012, 10:58:58 PM »
Hooookay I'm exhausted. Had to wake up around 5 to get there extra early to get a spot at the flea today. Overall, I'd say it was well worth it. We got an $80 profit which I consider good since we had about a third of the inventory of the regulars. It was a good experience and we met some of the regulars who were, for the most part, very kind.

We're planning on reinvesting our profit into picking at thrift stores and goodwill and that kind of thing. One of the regulars told us we could get children's jackets and hats and such with sport team's logos on them for around a dollar at goodwill and they sell all day at $3. I thought I was very fortunate to get any information from any of the regulars. Of course, I've gotten so much advice from all of you, but you're not my local competition. I suppose he has enough of a clientele to not have to worry about us newbies   :D

A couple of entertaining parts of our experience:

My friend/partner has been trying to sell his hookah and once he set it up, it attracted a LOT of attention. Had so many people call it a bong we put up a sign saying that it indeed was NOT a bong. Several people who grew up in the 70's had visible nostalgia and cracked some jokes with us about it.

We were given a spot right next to this funny Asian man who sells all kinds of knives, swords, kendo equipment, etc. We got a little runoff traffic from people who saw his shiny metal, so that was pretty awesome. He was a really cool guy, though his accent was difficult to understand.

It was a good day. I got some sunburn on my face and some money in my pocket. Can't wait till next time!  ;D

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Look what happen to this moron!!
« on: January 25, 2012, 06:26:22 PM »
Yeeaaa I just started but even I can see it's not worth NEARLY a grand. Maybe if he spent a lot of time finding the right buyers he could break even...

Flea Markets / Re: Weather conditions
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:17:06 PM »
Thanks everyone. I'll definitely be setting up this weekend. I had no idea about other vendors trying to pick my stuff! I would have fell victim to that! Geez. Anything to make a buck, eh?

Flea Markets / Weather conditions
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:29:33 AM »
So my friend and I have finally built up enough stuff to be able to sell at the flea with a realistic chance of profit. Between picking yard sales, grabbing free stuff on CL and getting rid of junk in our homes we've built up a nice stash. I just have one last question before our venture: What are ideal weather conditions?

This weekend is supposed to be kind of cold (for the south, 30's low, 50's/60's high) and I'm not sure if we should wait for better weather. Spring is just beautiful around here and I want to make sure to stock up on inventory for that time, but right now I could really use some more cash to keep building inventory so I'd like to set up ASAP. It's still only January, but I've seen the flea market fill up all times of the year. What do ya'll think?

I downloaded all six episodes because I was hoping for a character similar to Barry... Unfortunately, Moe is no Barry... Oh well. None of these shows are fully entertaining... I usually skip to the parts with Barry. What a cool guy.

South East / Re: Raleigh/Durham
« on: January 23, 2012, 09:17:54 PM »
I'm in wake county, ya know, RDU. I've only been to two auctions and seen only 5 units but hoooly **** do they go for too much money. It really sucks to try to get into this business with these kinds of results. Ugh.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #1...January, 2012
« on: January 21, 2012, 03:35:51 PM »
I went to a place today where only 50 showed up. My second auction and it only had about half the people of my first, but still a sizable crowd... Anyway, it went from the 8 units advertised to 2 and they both went for over a grand. I'm not a phenomenal judge of antiques, but really, it was a bunch of furniture and it all looked kinda cheap. The other unit had about 4 refrigerators and some stuff wrapped up in those furniture blanket things. There was also a largeish toolbox on top of one of the 'fridges. There was a safe in this one, too and I tried to stay around to watch them break open, but they shunned me out. Oh well, probably empty or paperwork.
I've been picking a lot lately to get some payroll so I can start bidding, but weather prevented me from setting up at the flea market this weekend so I decided to go spectate this auction. Discouraging to say the least. But still only my second. Here's to hoping it gets better!

Flea Markets / Re: Startup Costs
« on: January 15, 2012, 05:37:18 PM »
As far as the table, I know it's kinda getto but in a pinch you can always use two saw horses and a plank of wood. Cover with cloth.

You can get all the materials from a construction site to build saw horses.

Though they are big and awkward. Don't fold. So hope you have a truck....

I actually picked up a couple of janky metal folding tables for $30. Should be fine if we drape something across them. I found out that my flea has a rental service at $8 per table. So these should pay for themselves in 2 days. Good deal. Still looking for more tables, though, since these aren't that big. They'll do for now, though :D.

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Help me out with this CL ad?
« on: January 11, 2012, 05:46:20 PM »
So I ended spending 45 bucks on this sale. I thought I got a realllly good score here. Here's what I got:

-Captain Morgan neon clock ($50 maximum on ebay)
-around 15 PC games (less than 5 years old)
-6 or 7 complete board games in good condition
-Coffee maker
-coffee grinder
-sandwich maker
-4 or 5 collectible shot glasses and 3 regular tall ones

I haven't cleaned out or tested any of the appliances, but the guy said they worked, and at just a dollar or two each, I couldn't pass it up. After a disappointing first auction and an even worse yard sale day last weekend it's nice to grab a decent deal.

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Help me out with this CL ad?
« on: January 10, 2012, 10:14:56 PM »
Yea I heard it from a group of regulars. That auction was kind of out of my way, though so I'm not sure if they came from the other direction or what, but I'm gonna be careful with mattresses... Anyway, I'm assuming I'm going to be selling most of this stuff on ebay and trying to get rid of the bulk smalls at some kind of thrift store or just until i get enough inventory to profitably set up shop at the flea.

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Help me out with this CL ad?
« on: January 10, 2012, 07:23:59 PM »
Ohhhh... good point. If it's in really good condition, I'll grab it. Otherwise I think I'll stay away...

New to Storage Auctions? / Re: Help me out with this CL ad?
« on: January 10, 2012, 02:59:44 PM »
Well all the lawn care tolls have been sold, but they still have everything else, so I'm really excited!
Thanks for all your advice, especially about the patio stuff. I would have passed it over, but now I'm pretty keen on it.
Also I wouldn't have even thought of picking up any of the dishware. You guys are great! I love this forum!

I know this isn't the CL forum, but this is a newbie in need of help  :-\
Okay check this ad out:

I've set up an appointment to go by during the week and I'm pretty sure I know what I want to get. So far I know I'm grabbing:

All the board games
Probably most/all of the PC games (depends on age)
All the shot glasses (I'm hoping for collectible ones, but you know, they're 3 for $1. Can't really go wrong)
All the appliances (I'm assuming they're working. If not, I won't touch them)
All the bedding items (To package with any mattresses I find in auctions so I can resell at a higher price. They're $1 each. Again, can't really go wrong.)
The 19" TV
The neon clock (It's $10 bucks. NEON. $10!!! I'm super excited. might keep it if it's cool enough  :P)
the BB's (for personal backyard use with friends)

What I really need help with are the outdoor tools. They seem too good to be true. I mean $10 each for things that cost hundreds of dollars. I dunno... Even if they don't work, I was wondering if they'd have any scrap or parts value. Most of these prices seem too good to be true, but with the storage auction prices as high as they are, I don't know if I can pass this up.

Alright! More from NC! Welcome to the forum!

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