9 Items At Garage Sales That Are Worth More Than You Think

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Were you thinking of hitting a garage sale anytime soon? If you weren’t, maybe you should consider it! In true frugal sentiment, we should be able to make the most out of everything, and that includes occasionally making our own luck. There’s nothing wrong with seeing what your neighbors have decided they don’t need any more and repurposing it, even if that means you’re selling it for a profit.

There are a lot of unique gems you can get at a garage sale, with unexplored potential, that could just be a small treasure and might make you a small fortune. That is, if you know what to look for.

With the rise in popularity of shows such as Pawn Stars and Storage Wars, a lot of people are looking to make quick money off of pawning or getting abandoned storage lockers. However, a lot of them forget that you don’t have to go as far as spending a small fortune on a locker at an auction without knowing if you will make your money back. You can just hit your nearby garage sale!

We made a list of some of the items that may just help you hit the jackpot when unveiling their hidden potential. After all, another man’s junk may just be your treasure!

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10 thoughts on “9 Items At Garage Sales That Are Worth More Than You Think”

    1. Great Information. I recently went to a lawn and house and I for two original pieces of and one signed print. The two originals I sold for a total of $5300 and the signed print I sold for $1275. I paid a total of $15 for the three works. 😊😊😊

  1. Random records at garage sales tend to be iffy for resale in my experience unless you know what to look for.
    Key for getting return on investment is condition. Of both the vinyl and the jacket – even light scratches on an album can drop the value – and frayed or torn jackets usually mean dollars off resale – same with missing inner sleeves.

    And looking for discs that are high dollar takes some knowledge of genre, artist and labels. Reissue labels have minimal value but original labels can hike the price 10 to 100 fold. Think Elvis 50’s or Beatles early 60’s lps versus the reissues in the 80’s.

    And then there are labels – find a 1950’s Blue Note jazz disc in great shape and you are probably going to do well. Same thing with some RCA and Mercury Classical Discs from the 50’s (Living Stereo and Living Presence) – Reader’s Digest compilations with the same tracks are great to listen to but don’t command the same dollar value.

      1. I suggest you do some ebay searching to see if others are being sold and the asking price. Or, invest in record price guide. But, as Geno mentioned, MANY things can change the value: is it rare? what is the condition? is it by an artist or on a label that is sought after? Elvis/Beatles/rockabilly/doowop/etc originals are generally worth more than reissues…however, some reissues might be valuable because of their scarcity. A misprint on some labels might add to a record’s value…or it might detract. Many things to consider…and a rare record has little value if you don’t find someone who wants it. Good luck!!!

  2. I bought a 1979 45 record Blondie, Heart of Gold, for $1.00. One of the last 45’s made.
    Priceless to me

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