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Posted: 1/28/2006 10:03:26 AM EST
I was just wondering how many people here actually hit garage sales. I can never get myself to stop at one when I pass by it, then later wondering if I missed out on something.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 10:04:28 AM EST
you can get some good deals at garage sales. it's hit and miss though
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 10:04:38 AM EST
Only if i see something from the road that might be useful.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:18:29 AM EST
i have found valuable antiques and some guns...I ask for guns or knives and the best deal was a .32 colt made in 1923 or so and it didn't have a magazine...the guy says, Oh it doesn't shoot because there is no mag...I said how much and he said, $25.00...I went home and ordered a $28. dollar mag and was set...
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:22:37 AM EST
yes i stop...

i admit it.

Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:31:17 AM EST
I used to. About 20 years ago I picked up a High Standard Dura-Matic for $50.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:35:59 AM EST
I stop at them when I got nothing better to do, which is alot. Rarely find anything
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:38:21 AM EST
Every chance i get, lots of good stuff, it helps that the old lady lives to dicker. I kill weekends driving around to them.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:40:18 AM EST
i usually slow down and look at the type of stuff out front. if it looks like mostly clothes, old dishes, and boxes of readers digest, i just drive by. if i see some camping, fishing, outdoor type stuff or tools i'll stop and check it out. sometimes you can find really good deals. sometimes the people want new prices for old crap.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:42:48 AM EST
A guy on gunco picked up an AR upper at a garage sale for like $30, yes thirty dollars.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:45:53 AM EST
Sometimes....I got a nice new pair of $120.00 Oakleys for forty bucks...
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:50:37 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:50:37 AM EST
They tend to be hit or miss.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 12:08:59 PM EST
I stop at as many as I can get away with

This past summer yielded RCBS carbide dies in 44mag & 9mm for $10ea. At another I bought 7mag,300mag & 270 Lee dies for $5ea. In the past I've bought shotguns & several .22s. Best deal all of last year was a Dewalt power hand planer for $20. It was used once, on one door for about 2 inches. It got away from the guy & we was afraid of it after that. It got away from him because he had it set FAR too deep.

Plenty of BOB/camping/survival needs can be met by buying used items at garage sale.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 12:19:03 PM EST
I hit Garage Sales like the fist on an angry God.

Link Posted: 1/28/2006 12:22:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 12:33:56 PM EST
Haven't driveway shopped for a couple of years.
The last one I stopped at did yield an excellant deal.

A new, unfired Marlin 336 smooth stock in 30-30 with a Micro Groove barrel. The old fart even had the original manual and the original box of Remington ammo he bought for it.
I found a faded receipt in the back of the manual, unfortunatly the only readable part was the part of the shop name and date, the rest is faded out.

He was the original owner, and bought in new in..................1956!

$100.00 and he insisted on cash.

I've still got it and the box of ammo...
Still unfired and in 100% condition.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 12:52:16 PM EST
If I see old rusty machinery (other than the usual baby clothes and similar crap) I stop. I have picked up loads of useful tools,usually of a better quality that available anywhere new today, and piles of militaria,too. I always grab Coleman lanterns if I see them,too-No matter what,with a little fiddling,they are going to work. By now I really don't need any more tools,but if someone is selling Crescent wrenches for $1 each,I'm buyin'...
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:21:41 PM EST

I got a sweet deal on an Ovation Hollowbody electric for $20.00 once though.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:24:29 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:30:46 PM EST
I tend to find good stuff at the ones on farms or in country. I found a marlin model 60 for $20 at one.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:32:17 PM EST
I always ask the lady if she's got any "porn or guns".
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:42:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/28/2006 1:44:20 PM EST by BangStick1]
Nope. I have a phobia about buying other peoples junk. Besides, I have enough junk.

Same with flea-markets.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:49:50 PM EST
I got a oceanic 55gal breeder tank for ten bucks
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:53:52 PM EST
When I need something big and have the time. I got my couch, my table & chairs, desks, and bookcases at garage sales. I actually got a coffee table that was so nice, my mom stole it and gave me her old one. (and yes, my mom has high standards)

Link Posted: 1/28/2006 1:57:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/28/2006 1:59:41 PM EST by TrijiCog]
I stop at every one I see.Last month I picked up a DIAS for $20,the guy said it was legal to have. He even signed a bill of sale to prove it and make it all legal and stuff ! I was stoked to say the least.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 2:11:42 PM EST
I stop occaisionally, you never know what you can find.

Usually I turn up nothing but junk but about 15 years ago I scored a genuine '63 Fender Telecaster neck for $20

Around the same time I also found two smallblock Ford 4 barrel intakes for $5ea

If you've got some time to kill, some good deals can be found at estate auctions.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 2:15:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By rbailey:
I was just wondering how many people here actually hit garage sales. I can never get myself to stop at one when I pass by it, then later wondering if I missed out on something.

Only if they have a sign for GUNS FOR SALE...don't laugh...I've stopped at a couple like that!
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 2:18:07 PM EST


Link Posted: 1/28/2006 2:20:46 PM EST
Only rarely ... I seldom carry more than a few bucks in cash, and very few garage sales take Mastercard or Visa.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 2:32:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/28/2006 2:35:04 PM EST by wildearp]
YES!! Sometimes our Saturday AM or Sunday AM is planned to hit garage sales and then go to breakfast. Some deals are incredible. Likewise I have put on a few of them and have practically given some really good stuff away. Lots of times you end up with nothing, but sometimes you find some unbeatable deals.

My latest best deal was some nice Bose speakers that are over $100 each for $10. Rock on!!
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 2:41:35 PM EST
I stop about 50% of the time. I would stop more often if life wasn't so busy.

Link Posted: 1/28/2006 2:42:21 PM EST
I got a full size kegerater for $50 last summer. Beer tap, CO2 bottle, regulator, and all the hoses included.

That was a steal.
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