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Posted: 1/18/2015 2:09:22 PM EST
I love trying to find a good deal on stuff and negotiating. Last week I found a good deal on an Oris watch at a local pawn shop. Like new and snagged it for 400 bucks.

What is your best score?
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 2:14:58 PM EST
A mossberg mariner that appeared to be new for $225.
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1963 vintage Ruger .44 Magnum Carbine for $240 at a gun store.

It looked filthy and the action wouldn't cycle, but I took it all the way apart and it cleaned up very nicely. The bore is bright, rifling sharp. The stock has a few scratches and a couple of burned spots from overheating but otherwise it's in great condition.

I think the original owner must have died, his kids shot the rifle until it wouldn't cycle any more then sold it for whatever the gun store offered them.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 2:18:46 PM EST
I got a Poly Tech Legend with a Chinese 75 shot drum and six Chinese 30 shot mags for $950 at a pawn shop.
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I picked up 15 20 round colt ar magazines for $5.50 each at a pawn shop. It had just opened that day and I was the very first customer.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 2:22:39 PM EST
I got a Powermate 5000watt generator with a Subaru engine at a garage sale for $200. Needed a tire, so I have $220 in it.
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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 2:25:49 PM EST
I bought a lamp at one(tag sale) that later proved to be a valuable antique.
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I got a good condition Baby Browning .25 ACP for $75 marked down from $100. It had sat in the display counter for over 6 months. If I recall it was orginally marked at $200. No mag and orginal grips had been replaced with ugly homemade wood ones. I spent another $75 for repo grips and a new 6 rnd mag. Flipped it for $500. Mose guns are neat as curios more than practical defensive tools.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 2:26:49 PM EST
Love these threads. I've found more crazy good tool deals than I could ever recall. Remington 11-87 Premier for $240 out the door, USA-made early Springfield Armory 1911 (NM serial number) for $375, vintage Sansui AU-919 / TU-919 amp and tuner combo in perfect shape that I used for a year and sold for over $1000 more than I paid but still wish I'd kept. Fender '52 Reissue Telecaster (USA of course) that looked new but no tags/case for $400.

There was a three year period where I traveled all over Atlanta for work and had a boss/company owner who encouraged me to hit the pawnshops on the clock since I shared so many great tool deals with him and the company.
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Originally Posted By rosejackets67:
Love these threads. I've found more crazy good tool deals than I could ever recall. Remington 11-87 Premier for $240 out the door, USA-made early Springfield Armory 1911 (NM serial number) for $375, vintage Sansui AU-919 / TU-919 amp and tuner combo in perfect shape that I used for a year and sold for over $1000 more than I paid but still wish I'd kept. Fender '52 Reissue Telecaster (USA of course) that looked new but no tags/case for $400.

There was a three year period where I traveled all over Atlanta for work and had a boss/company owner who encouraged me to hit the pawnshops on the clock since I shared so many great tool deals with him and the company.
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I picked up a Dual CS5000 turntable last Summer for 10 bucks....mint with the manual etc, no box.
Sold it on ebay for much more than that.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 2:28:49 PM EST
Beat up 226 i made $100 on
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1971 Ariens. Runs great. $50.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 2:30:41 PM EST
Vintage Cook Brothers double top tube BMX cruiser for $135, I talked them down a bit.

Could probably sell for $800 to $1000
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 2:32:44 PM EST
2/1 975sqft house in echo park. they were having a yard sale and house was for sale too. Still have it.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 2:33:26 PM EST
Glock 17 version of the Keltec Sub9 for $225
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 3:08:37 PM EST
I got a Portet-Cable 126 Portaplane for thirty-five dollars at a cabinet shop going-out-of-business auction. They've been out of production for years, I've seen refurbished ones going for $500. I put a new cord and cutter on it for less than a hundred and it was good as new.
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An original Frank Lloyd Wright Lamp signed for $25. sold it in 3 day for 6k
Over the years I've scored a few other sweet deals like that but that one was the best.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 3:23:00 PM EST
Picked up an SVT40 for $125 2 years ago. The guy insisted it was a Mosin.

I never said a thing to convince him otherwise. He must have given the guy who sold it $20
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This was a gunshop score, but in El Paso I bought a Sitka Dewpoint jacket which is a $400 jacket.

It was 70% off and with my .mil ID the girl took another 10% off.

So $400 Sitka for $80 brand spanking new!



My Federal Ordnance M14S, low serial number less than 6000, came with an IOR 16X tactical which is a $1600 scope.

I paid $1600 for the set up.



I bought this early Armalite 20rd mag on eBay for $5.



Bought this Norinco M1911A1 for $100.

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Originally Posted By ilikeporkchops:
An original Frank Lloyd Wright Lamp signed for $25. sold it in 3 day for 6k
Over the years I've scored a few other sweet deals like that but that one was the best.
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Reminds me of the Eames chair and ottoman I picked up for 150.00 at another garage sale.
I should get back to my tag sale days...the only thing is, to find those scores you drive around all day
and poke through mostly crap that should just go to the dump. The scores are still out there though.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 3:33:23 PM EST
A free pressure washer, neighbor had a moving sale, said the thing wouldn't start.
He said I could have it just so he could get rid of it.
I took it home cleaned out the jets in the carb and it started right up.

I also needed a new fuel cap and tube for one of the tires.
This is a nine year old Sears 2,400 psi 2.4 gpm PSI.

I went back the next day and asked him what else he had.
He said if I would help him pack up things he would give me a gas edger when he sold the house.
Double score.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 3:38:55 PM EST
1953 fender narrow panel super for 26 bucks at an auction. I Overheard the mid 30's heir putting on the sale telling someone that her dad had a fender guitar that went with the amp. She was giving it to her 8 year old son to play with. They did not look wealthy
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 3:39:26 PM EST
Inland M1 carbine $100, seems like a great deal today now that carbines are 1K but back then (mid 80s) carbines went for $200, still a good deal.
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Originally Posted By WhirlyGirl45:

Reminds me of the Eames chair and ottoman I picked up for 150.00 at another garage sale.
I should get back to my tag sale days...the only thing is, to find those scores you drive around all day
and poke through mostly crap that should just go to the dump. The scores are still out there though.
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Originally Posted By WhirlyGirl45:
Originally Posted By ilikeporkchops:
An original Frank Lloyd Wright Lamp signed for $25. sold it in 3 day for 6k
Over the years I've scored a few other sweet deals like that but that one was the best.

Reminds me of the Eames chair and ottoman I picked up for 150.00 at another garage sale.
I should get back to my tag sale days...the only thing is, to find those scores you drive around all day
and poke through mostly crap that should just go to the dump. The scores are still out there though.
Those picker shows ruined it all.There is stuff out there but but a lot harder to find.There was a time when that's all I did and made a living for 3 years.
I've knocked on peoples door's and asked them to sell me stuff in their front yards..
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 3:47:43 PM EST
$575 Svt 40.
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I bought an excellent condition HK 770 with 4 magazines with a HK 05 scope mount and weaver 3-9X40 scope for $550.00 and a Leica LRF 800 for $60.00. 2 of my best pawn shop scores.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 3:50:45 PM EST
I didnt buy it but I saw a miller 252 with the spool gun for 1000. Someone got a smoking deal
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 3:54:46 PM EST


WW1 corpsman's belt.

I should sell it
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 3:56:41 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ilikeporkchops:
Those picker shows ruined it all.There is stuff out there but but a lot harder to find.There was a time when that's all I did and made a living for 3 years.
I've knocked on peoples door's and asked them to sell me stuff in their front yards..
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Originally Posted By ilikeporkchops:
Originally Posted By WhirlyGirl45:
Originally Posted By ilikeporkchops:
An original Frank Lloyd Wright Lamp signed for $25. sold it in 3 day for 6k
Over the years I've scored a few other sweet deals like that but that one was the best.

Reminds me of the Eames chair and ottoman I picked up for 150.00 at another garage sale.
I should get back to my tag sale days...the only thing is, to find those scores you drive around all day
and poke through mostly crap that should just go to the dump. The scores are still out there though.
Those picker shows ruined it all.There is stuff out there but but a lot harder to find.There was a time when that's all I did and made a living for 3 years.
I've knocked on peoples door's and asked them to sell me stuff in their front yards..

You are 100% right, its very hard now to find stuff to resell, I know a lot of people, word of mouth gets me some things but nothing like even 2-3 years ago.
I made a lot of money for awhile, got me through some hard times until my work picked up again. I miss making thousands with a few phone calls though.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:04:11 PM EST
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1971 Ariens. Runs great. $50.
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what's that thang? a roto-tiller that harvest's & spits out yer veggies,,,,,
(is that thing self propelled, or do you have to push it into the snow?)

local pawn shop started getting BOXES of gunz from their warehouse to sell; apparently
most of their stores don't sell gunz;

didn't notice they had a cardboard box of mostly pistol mags for $15 each,,,,been digging thru that weekly.
Found two for gunz I have that needed a few moar; was paying $30-40 each prior to that

also got a $400 tiller from a neighbor for $135; needed cleaning out, but still runs great,,,
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:20:00 PM EST
Bought an Australian proofed Enfield .303 for $60. (Yard sale.)
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Originally Posted By WhirlyGirl45:

You are 100% right, its very hard now to find stuff to resell, I know a lot of people, word of mouth gets me some things but nothing like even 2-3 years ago.
I made a lot of money for awhile, got me through some hard times until my work picked up again. I miss making thousands with a few phone calls though.
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Originally Posted By ilikeporkchops:
Originally Posted By WhirlyGirl45:
Originally Posted By ilikeporkchops:
An original Frank Lloyd Wright Lamp signed for $25. sold it in 3 day for 6k
Over the years I've scored a few other sweet deals like that but that one was the best.

Reminds me of the Eames chair and ottoman I picked up for 150.00 at another garage sale.
I should get back to my tag sale days...the only thing is, to find those scores you drive around all day
and poke through mostly crap that should just go to the dump. The scores are still out there though.
Those picker shows ruined it all.There is stuff out there but but a lot harder to find.There was a time when that's all I did and made a living for 3 years.
I've knocked on peoples door's and asked them to sell me stuff in their front yards..

You are 100% right, its very hard now to find stuff to resell, I know a lot of people, word of mouth gets me some things but nothing like even 2-3 years ago.
I made a lot of money for awhile, got me through some hard times until my work picked up again. I miss making thousands with a few phone calls though.

Things also went downhill when pawn shops realized they could use the internet to help determine the value of something. I used to get some crazy good deals on music equipment back in the day when if they didn't know what they had.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:33:52 PM EST
I bought two fired 3.5" bazooka training rockets for a buck apiece.
Sold them a few days later for $50 each.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:35:46 PM EST
Stopped off at a moving sale. The ladies husband died about a year earlier. She was going to move to CT to live with her son and DIL.

WHile looking around, I found a Stack on locking cabinet in the basement. I asked how much and the son said that it was basically new, and new ones were going for about $120 or so, so he said $80.

I asked if they had a key for it but the lady said she wasn't able to find it. I then told the son that I would have to cut the hinge, remove the lock and get a locksmith to cut a new key. I offered $55 and the lady said sure. I gave her $20 to hold it for me while I went home to get the rest of the cash.

While I was gone, the son moved it into the garage.

I returned about 30 minutes later and gave the lady the money and the son put the cabinet in the bed of my truck.

I took it home and had to do a few things and I made dinner that night and didn't really think of the cabinet for the rest of the night.

The next day, I went out and got things ready to cut the hinge. When I moved it to get it out, something moved inside.

I cut the hinge and removed the door and inside was a Marlin 336, 30-30 and a Mossberg 500 12 ga.

I went back to the ladies house and told her what was inside and I asked her if she wanted the guns back as I bought the cabinet and not the guns inside. The son piped up and said that there wasn't going to be any guns in HIS house. I asked the lady again and she said that I could keep them and when I shot them, to say a little prayer and thank "Harold".

I did go and get her a Walmart gift card and gave it to her to thank her and Harold.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:36:32 PM EST
Bought some CHEAP SIG BRACES on the EE !!!!
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:38:54 PM EST
A local shop had a bin with ~50 used pistol mags for $5/each. Most were Checkmate, Promag, or unmarked junk.
I noticed that some were marked "S&W", and looked like my factory 9mm 59xx mags. Then I remembered that the shop had a used 5906 in the case.
I asked a salesman to check and see if one would fit the 5906. And it did.

I dug thru the bin and scored 7-8 nice factory S&W mags for $5 each.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:45:26 PM EST
Ferret 50 36" upper with 16X Super Sniper scope, RCBS 50bmg dies and reloading press, 500 CCI primers for he BMG, and ten rounds of .50AP ammo.

$1200


I just had to buy an AR lower and scope rings to get it running.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:45:32 PM EST
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I got a Powermate 5000watt generator with a Subaru engine at a garage sale for $200. Needed a tire, so I have $220 in it.
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got a Honda generator for $20 needed a fan cover to look mint and a carb cleaning. I have just over $45 in it
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Stopped off at a moving sale. The ladies husband died about a year earlier. She was going to move to CT to live with her son and DIL.

WHile looking around, I found a Stack on locking cabinet in the basement. I asked how much and the son said that it was basically new, and new ones were going for about $120 or so, so he said $80.

I asked if they had a key for it but the lady said she wasn't able to find it. I then told the son that I would have to cut the hinge, remove the lock and get a locksmith to cut a new key. I offered $55 and the lady said sure. I gave her $20 to hold it for me while I went home to get the rest of the cash.

While I was gone, the son moved it into the garage.

I returned about 30 minutes later and gave the lady the money and the son put the cabinet in the bed of my truck.

I took it home and had to do a few things and I made dinner that night and didn't really think of the cabinet for the rest of the night.

The next day, I went out and got things ready to cut the hinge. When I moved it to get it out, something moved inside.

I cut the hinge and removed the door and inside was a Marlin 336, 30-30 and a Mossberg 500 12 ga.

I went back to the ladies house and told her what was inside and I asked her if she wanted the guns back as I bought the cabinet and not the guns inside. The son piped up and said that there wasn't going to be any guns in HIS house. I asked the lady again and she said that I could keep them and when I shot them, to say a little prayer and thank "Harold".

I did go and get her a Walmart gift card and gave it to her to thank her and Harold.
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10 dollar gift card?
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:52:23 PM EST
Got this for $100.00.
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Originally Posted By LurchAddams:
A local shop had a bin with ~50 used pistol mags for $5/each. Most were Checkmate, Promag, or unmarked junk.
I noticed that some were marked "S&W", and looked like my factory 9mm 59xx mags. Then I remembered that the shop had a used 5906 in the case.
I asked a salesman to check and see if one would fit the 5906. And it did.

I dug thru the bin and scored 7-8 nice factory S&W mags for $5 each.
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I've NEVAR seen used mags anywhere that cheap,,,I'd bought the whole box &
figured out what's what & EE-em',,,,,,you coulda' even sold the junk for $10-15 each,,,,
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Bought a working 1957 Ampeg guitar amplifier for $5.

Bought a gumball machine that had more money in it than I paid for it. Kept the money and re-sold the machine.


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Picked this .40 SITES Spectre up for $650.

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A month back or so, in vegas, at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop (Pawnstars), I haggled with the Old man for a Bell & Ross Men's BR01-97CLIMB watch, He was asking $4800.00 and I finally got him down to $3600.00, with much walking away and slowly coming back and a box of doughnuts.

It was a lot of fun. He said he had fun also.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:14:10 PM EST
Bought two framed prints from a small shop. They turned out to be Dutch, early 1600s. I've since collected four more from that same artist.
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10 dollar gift card?
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$500
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:19:33 PM EST
I bought a NIB Pelikan M800 for $1.99 at Goodwill. Medium nib, but for that price I gave zero fucks.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:28:55 PM EST
S&W air weight 133.75
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I got a like new Leica M3 with 35 mm lens for $108.00 in an Alabama thrift shop. It was made in 1966 ... I think of it as a very late high school graduation present to myself!
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:37:52 PM EST
15 years ago I bought a brand new hotsy for a grand..guy bought it to wash his house before painting it..never even put diesel in the fuel tank..he used it as a cold pressure washer for 1 day to wash the house..had all the good options including the 500 pump upgrade....that was about a 3500 freebey...
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