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    • March 17, 2012 10:43 PM CDT
    • Some of you may know that we recently bought the contents of a house after the woman went into an assisted living unit.  Well, of course there was a lot of junk and a lot of new stuff.  Well, we did a 2 day garage sale and I'm happy to report that we made back the money that we spent on the contents of the house.  The great thing is that we have not yet put the higher end things up for sale yet. So....guess it has ended up being a"win" for us!

    • February 7, 2012 12:48 PM CST
    • You know how it is...rare but sometimes all the stars align :) Thanks Pamela!

    • February 7, 2012 12:28 PM CST
    • WOW!! That vintage Blythe doll was a fantastic find!!! WHat a nice profit you made from it! Ch-ching! ;)



    • November 2, 2011 1:21 AM CDT
    • awesome!!!!!

    • November 1, 2011 11:59 PM CDT
    • Let me say though -- free shipping..LOL

    • November 1, 2011 11:58 PM CDT
    • I'm SO sorry ended at $925. Way over the top here. It is just one of those finds that is just way too cool!

    • November 1, 2011 10:33 PM CDT
    • I am afraid I will be jealous.... I will guess 800bucks?

    • November 1, 2011 10:12 PM CDT
    • All is said and done and it is sold. I know, Claude, that you peeked, but would anyone else like to hazard a guess as to what it sold for?

    • October 27, 2011 10:49 AM CDT
    • True, Claude, and I would not even attempt something like that but it is cool :) Hey and I saved you as a seller...

    • October 27, 2011 10:42 AM CDT
    • The violin came thru the door. It is only for parts or restoration and you would really have to know what you are doing to restore it.

    • October 27, 2011 10:34 AM CDT
    • It doesn't seem to happen too often but yeah, Bob, nothing like it. You did - it was an awesome score for you!

      This business is SO addicting...LOL

    • October 27, 2011 10:32 AM CDT
    • awesome! I once had this happen with a Barbie I bought in box of other toys..I think I told ya. Love to find stuff for nothing and make good profits!

    • October 27, 2011 10:23 AM CDT
    • Thank you Claude! Nice stuff and with bids! Ya gotta love it! The one that confuses me though are the ice cube trays....go figure. Love the black hat and the violin - reminds me that I have a half-size to sell. So much to do and so little time....

    • October 27, 2011 9:58 AM CDT
    • Look under Advanced Search, then search by seller. Advanced search can be found at the top of the page to the right of the search block thingy. You can also save sellers under My Ebay.

    • October 27, 2011 9:38 AM CDT
    • Which brings up a really good question Claude. I have never figured out how you look up another seller. I know, sounds pretty stupid, eh? do I find you on Ebay?

      It's so nice to be some place where you can ask a stupid question and not too many people will give you a hard time over it...LOL

    • October 27, 2011 8:53 AM CDT
    • This is great. Check out my auctions under user ID: Leaman.

    • October 27, 2011 2:03 AM CDT
    • Update: Bid at $305...I'm liking it! No, actually, I'm loving it!

    • January 24, 2012 3:43 PM CST
    • Ya know how Gary is always going through the mall and buying things that he knows that he can make a good profit on?  Well, I happened by a case of a new dealer at my antique mall and promptly bought two pieces of jewelry. This one is market 925.  Measures 1 3/4" x 1 3/8" and is 7/16" thick. It is absolutely stunning and I got it for a steal.  I'm thinking it will sell for about 3 times what I paid for it (fingers crossed)

    • December 21, 2011 11:41 PM CST
    • awesome!

    • December 21, 2011 9:17 AM CST
    • Great story Teresa! We all love the success stories!

    • December 20, 2011 11:16 PM CST
    • Sold at last!! My friend purchased a really dirty old framed picture at an auction last fall (2010) and when she cleaned it up, it was a 1880's chromolithograph bird's eye view of Washington, DC. It sold last week through the Swann Gallery in New York for $3,000 - and she paid $20 for it!!! Go Kathi!

    • December 6, 2011 10:39 PM CST
    • Today a box came that I have been waiting for - for about 3 weeks!  Inside was a teapot, creamer, sugar, 8 cups, 8 saucers, and 8 dessert plates!  Not super old but 1973, and since I collect Wedgwood and I got it for an incredible price?  I'm doing the happy dance here and just thought I would share.

    • November 2, 2011 9:27 PM CDT
    • Great story, you never know when you are going to find a bargain.

    • November 2, 2011 8:04 PM CDT
    • Great story Simon. You are right - there are bargains to be had everywhere. You just have to be out there looking as well as not be afraid to ask for a deal. A job well done!

    • November 2, 2011 5:59 PM CDT
    • Hi All,


      I recently bought some ivory Billiard balls from a chartity shop over here in the England. I was on a road trip picking up Auction Lots from around the country when I stopped off in a Charity shop and spotted some Antique Ivory snooker balls (pre 1947). The chap behind the desk said they had been there for months and if interested I could have all of them for £20.00 instead of £60.00. I was going to have them for £60.00 but £20.00 I was offered, so happy days. Two sets sold last week on ebay for £400.00+ and £320.00 and still have a set left. Sweet.


      I've been dealing for 10 yrs and soon realised that a bargain can be had everywhere-Aucton houses, Antique fairs, carboot sales, flea markets, ebay, Sotheby's, Christies...everywhere


      I believe in taking gambles when buying because even if you loose you will learn from it and in the long run you will profit from it.


      My centre


      Happy bidding and buying


      Simon Willcock