If reality TV shows, such as American Pickers and Pawn Stars, were any indication, people have no clue what kind of priceless junk is lying around their homestead. As a buyer, that’s good news. You could score a valuable antique for pennies. As a seller, it means you have the potential to make significant cash simply by hosting a garage sale.
But why go through the hassle of planning a sale if you’re not going to do it right? Before you go displaying every single piece of unwanted junk on your driveway, you must know which items usually sell in minutes and which pieces you’ll be stuck hauling to Goodwill come Sunday evening. The average garage sale item sells for about 85 cents, but your items are better than that, right? Routine weekend sale hunters are savvy in their own rite, using hawk eyes to spot a yard sale gold mine. Knowing your audience is the key to raking in cold hard cash.
The strategy is two-fold. Sellers must appeal to the DIYers, the hagglers, and the historians. Buyers need a keen eye for the goods and an internal control switch to avoid the junk. Obviously, the more stuff you sell, the more money you’ll make. But unloading certain items will be especially beneficial to your wallet. Here are 15 popular items worth big money at garage sales.
15. Old games
Savvy shoppers, this one’s for you: Yard sales are the perfect opportunity to find items that can be flipped or refurbished online for more money than you paid originally. Old Super Mario Kart games can still be found at garage sales for a few bucks, but on eBay they go for at least $25, according to DealNews.
And remember that Lite Brite you were obsessed with years ago? It’s no longer in production, meaning the game’s value has skyrocketed. So if a moving sale is forcing families to rid themselves of these childhood toys, don’t pass up the opportunity to make big money. Lite Brites in good condition have a $75 resale value online.
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