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What's it Worth?? / Re: Any ideas what this is?????
« on: April 18, 2012, 04:54:47 PM »
Does have a religious look to it.
Sent picture's to my father. His girlfriends brother is our priest. Maybe he'll know....?

Piss off.
It was early and I'd just taken a couple  Percocets   ;D

The Lounge / Re: Hope everyone out West is safe.
« on: April 16, 2012, 05:31:21 PM »
Know what's sad? ....Besides puppies with only three legs....

Was up at the shooting range (before any of you wiseguys say anything, no, I wasn't shooting one handed!)
Saw a nice little .380 and came equipped with a laser triger guard, good price.....
But then....on the green florescent.....well you gotta see for yourself.
Stupidest thing I've ever seen. How can you be taken seriously with this piece!?

Flea Markets / Re: Star Lite Swap (Tacoma, WA)
« on: April 16, 2012, 04:08:17 PM »
Gotta stay busy!
I've gone thru every season of every series on HBO and Showtime.
My "big event" of the day now is reruns of GunSmoke at 1pm! lol
And Rockford Files. D*mn good show....
I think since the invention of DVR, this is my first time since that I've watch an episode of my favorite tv show when it's first aired. Usually DVR and watch when I get a chance.

Plus you really have to stay on top of things when it's your only source of income.
Not that I'm making much but $20 here, $10 there....adds up. Anything to reduce the spending of my savings.

The Lounge / Re: Hope everyone out West is safe.
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:43:55 PM »
Maybe I need to get out more.....why am I not safe?

Sh*t! It's zombies isn't it!?

The Lounge / Re: Ideas for repurposing things...
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:42:06 PM »
Those shelving rack things that go ON the counter at like 7-11 for gum and stuff.
Those work great as shoe racks and stores are always throwing them out.

And the carts that super markets started using. Like mini shopping basket.
Broken ones are behind store and they usually don't have a problem with you taking.
Depending on design they double as a veggie bin for your kitchen or pantry.

Flea Markets / Re: Star Lite Swap (Tacoma, WA)
« on: April 16, 2012, 09:15:43 AM »
I noticed the "cheap" factor. And translates into everyone asks way high, guess they know they are gonna have to haggle.

I miss Midway too.
Use to live on the other side of the valley so hit it up all the time.
Now im way north.  Been told there is one in Monroe but haven't checked into it.

I've mostly done Fremont, Ballard....those small ones that are more Farmers Markets than fleas.

LOL- that's awesome.

I was at an estate SALE, not auction, that everyone wanted this closet thing. It's to early, forget what those things are called. Like a dresser but you hang up your clothes.....
Doesn't matter.
Bunch of people wanted it so they decided a silent bid would be best.
Couple standing around with slip forever.
Finally the deceased grandson said that this isn't a 'real' auction. It's just for the hanflful of people right there all wanting it. As soon as we all put in offer, they'll look and sell.

Lady said "oh, well we wanted to bid last so we get it"

everyone just looked at her. It's a silent bid, lady! You don't know what anyone offered! Doesn't matter WHEN you bid!!

Even funnier, later after they won and left, the grandson said they bid $200 over the asking.
Um? The reason it went to bid was cause we all liked it but everyone agreed that it was worth about half of asking!
Had they just said they would pay asking price they could of had it right then! No bidding needed and saved $200!!

Tho, even if they were stupid, we all had to agree they were the cutest, nicest old couple. And so happy to get the piece. We were kind of happy they got it cause they really wanted it.
And they lady was a wealth of information! Might not know what things are worth but knew 99% of the history on everything there! Who made it, years it was made, even little things like "oh this was designed by so-n-so in Philly in 1920. He designed it with inspiration from......"

I followed her around for an hour!

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: Auction Scene #4...April, 2012
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:13:51 PM »

Nothing to really make money but it brings in the kids...who bring in the parents who then shop also.

Guy at today's swap had a popcorn machine. $0.25/bag
Said he makes $20-30/day but the real value is his sales have gone up.
Same thing. Smell draws kids. Parents follow. And at only $0.25 who's gonna turn down an easy and cheap way to calm the kiddo's!
Machine is placed in very back so they have to walk thru all his inventory.

Flea Markets / Star Lite Swap (Tacoma, WA)
« on: April 14, 2012, 07:39:52 PM »
First time to this swap. Just went to check it out, not sell. Though did my usual trunk full of stuff to try and sell to vendors.
First off, as talked about it another thread, I always feel awkward trying to sell to sellers. Has been profitable for me but just have s hard time approaching them.

Not here! Everyone was SO approachable! Totally a "swap" meet, not flea market.
More on that later, here is the review...

Held in old drive-in. Year around indoor, sesonal outdoor.
Very high Latino demographic. Lots of festival clothing, cowboy boots, tack goods and amazing home cooked food.  Extremly high volume of stolen goods. (not the Latino stalls, just in general)
Many stalls selling only things you would expect people to leave in their car. (like one stall was only CD's in car cases and cell phone car chargers ...100's of them!$
Lots of car stereo's, lawn and garden tools....
Also s lot of personal hygien (expensive hair products and teeth whitening stuff)....anything that can be shoplifter.

Then there is 150ish stalls of normal yard sale types. 

Seemed to be the focas. Few furniture makers. One antique guy. Several jewelry, both cheap and/or handmade to nice stuff. Lots of tools.

Not a single stall looked to be a storage auction outlet. But I'd say a good 75% were professional flea marketers.

Would defiantly use this one to move goods. Seemed every stall had the same style of wares so gee stalls that were different got some heavy traffic and were selling.

As far as myself....
Picked up some coin sets at a decent price for my nephew. Paid $3 for all three mints of the 1943 steel penny. Not so good but he would NOT come down.

Traded some some rocks for some rock hammers and hand picks. Two useful and two old rusted, worn handles things that look good on display next to rocks.

Sunglass lady had $5 bin and in it I found a pair of 'like new' Jimmy Choo's which sell for $279.99 new. And a pair of Nike in case with four diff lenses that sells for $200.

Sold baggy full of misc jewely pieces (low end pearls off string, costume stuff, broken stuff) to a jewelry maker for $10 and a ring to give to the girl that drove my ass that far, little token thank you.

Few other things like that.

Everyone was so cool with swapping, bartering and buying.....
I'll be going to this one a lot.

The Lounge / Re: Value Vilage Picks
« on: April 14, 2012, 09:10:16 AM »

Glad I can at least amuse you all with my antics.     ;D

The Lounge / Re: Value Vilage Picks
« on: April 13, 2012, 11:45:07 PM »

Yeah, roll'n in inventory!  A $20 phone stand and a winter coat that should sell o'so fast this time of year! lol

I'm really scratching my head on getting something going. Just the two hours out today killed me pain wise. Auctions are out. No way I can empty one.
Craiglstauction was gracious enough to offer up some broken phones to practice fixing, unlocking....
Got the rocks and crystals in Alaska thing but, again, bit to physical to do much with them so stock piling choice stuff and sell off rough stuff.
Couple other things in works but nothing to brag about.

Thinking of heading down to Dallas for a few weeks and doing some picking. That stuff sold well up here in the NW last time.

The Lounge / Value Vilage Picks
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:49:28 PM »
Hit VV right as new stock was coming out.

Best find was a Kenneth Cole Reaction wool over coat for $20. Tried on and original tag was still attached to sleeve for $625!  Will hold it for 6 months and decide if I want to be warm and fashionable or make a few bucks.

Also found a 1/8oz-5lb postal scale for $2.99.

An average style phone stand with leather inlay top for $5.99. Have some brass fittings I'm going to replace the faux brass with, clean it up and CL it for $20.
It looks like a 50's style piece but think it's newer. But all fitted together, no screws.
If I can figure out the age I'll adjust price.

Got a few nice looking watches for $2/ea. Girl at flea market is always looking for watches and so will use those to do a little bartering.

Same goes for copper pans I got for a total of $12.
Booth down from watch girl liked those and hope to trade for more of his antique furniture hardware.

With voucher I had for donation it all came to $22.87. 
Nothing that's going to make me much but will break even at minimum plus get some supplies for future endeavors....,

I was just happy to get out and get some action going no matter how small.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: GETTTING SERIOUS NOW
« on: April 13, 2012, 06:54:56 PM »
Must be totally, 100%, emptied out. And swept.
Some even require any sort of paint spills, oil, ect. all cleaned up.

Don't and you don't get back security deposit, can charge you rent  and may ban you from future auctions.

And the "scores" are a matter of opinion.
Friend got a locker for $150. In it was a brand new John Deer mower. Retails for $2000.
Awsome score, right?!

Then you take into account the 3 14hr days of back breaking labor to remove the construction material that was worthless. Locker was filthy.
Add in cost of locker, dump fee's (lots of HazMat stuff to dispose of too), cleaning materials, gas.....
He made a profit of $600.

Not much of a "score" when you take a look at the work involved......

The Lounge / Re: I'm outa stuff....
« on: April 12, 2012, 11:40:10 PM »
HA! Great minds work alike!
THAT one IS on my mantle. lol

Put that one up cause it has a lot of pyrite along the top so is all sparkly. :)
It has a really nice spot of gold and really want to break it to see if it's just a trace or a big nugget inside!

Another one is quartz with a strip of granite and thru the granite is a vein of gold sitting on vein of silver like racing stripes. After some practice, that one will be cut. Thinking a nice policed face and rough edges.
If I can it will be cut in half and be book ends....

Mine is rated at 7oz/ton for gold. So under $100 in it if you average it out. Each rock has potential for ounces in it.....or nothing.

Another batch is on it's way next week. Hopefully along with an assortment of crystals.

I'll send ya some if any make it thru shipping. They seem to sell well at flea and yard sales.
Haven't figured out a way to get them here tho.

From the mountain it's a two hour, rough, ride.
2-3 hour, even rougher, boat trip that all cargo is strap'd on deck.
Then a bush plane ride,
And then packed on a commercial jet.
All without any padding or packaging cause you cant bring in anything that isn't crucial cause of space.
Do the best you can with clothing.....

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