Duncan’s Latest Pick-Ups

Hi!  My name is Duncan!  (In case you forgot).  Patrick has been SUPER busy so hasn’t been able to update my blog in a couple of weeks.  Lots to talk about so let’s get to it!

Starting on 5/28 (Patrick’s birthday!  He’s 39!) we got up at our usual time to be at an Estate/Moving sale that said they had video games.  We got there by 7:15 and someone had already bought many of them!  Crazy!  Here’s what we got!


Transformers are SUPER cool!  We paid $5 for everything and value it at $78.  An EXCELLENT start to the day!

The next sale we purchased stuff at wasn’t open yet, but the guy said to come back in 10 minutes.  Meanwhile we picked these up from another local sale:


We paid $6 and valued everything at $50.  We’re cooking with grease now!

We headed back to the other sale and some guy was there going through the video games!  Goodness!  Thankfully he decided it wasn’t worth it and left everything.  Phew!  Here’s what we got:


Paid $100 for everything, but value it at $320 so still pretty good.  These big lots always get scary expensive but you have to keep your eyes on the prize!  Snacks!

A nice little small pick up next:


Paid $.50 and valued at $15

This next pick up proves that persistence is good:


An original Game Boy!  We’ve never found one of those before.  The lady that sold it to us and her whole family kept telling us they didn’t have anything.  We were looking at everything else and talking with them and suddenly she decided she did have something.  Ha!  That’s funny!

Paid $5 and valued at $40.

After this sale Patrick and I went for a walk.  It’s always good to take breaks from your fun for other fun.  Haha!

Some small next:


Paid $1 and valued at $20


Paid $2 and valued at $10

The lady that sold us this went through some big drama to call her husband and ask about video games.  She even went and dug around inside for like 5 minutes before coming out with 2 silly sports games.  Ha!  Everyone has those!  We ended up buying this from her though:


Goofy!  That could be my nickname probably.  Paid $5 and valued at $25.

Even though it was Patrick’s birthday, he still bought this for Sharron:


How nice!

We also got this little hand held game for us!


Paid $35 and valued at $45.  We didn’t really figure out the real value of the jewelry box though since that’s for us!

Our last pick up of the day was this weight loss kit:


Paid $5 and valued at $60.

So our total for the day was $166.50 spent with about $375 in profit.  Pretty good!


On his way into work the next Friday (6/3), Patrick stopped at a sale, and wouldn’t you know it, they had some games!


He paid a little more than usual for them, $40, but they’re valued at $110 so it’s still a win in my book!  Go Patrick!


On Patrick’s birthday, we made a couple of new friends (we usually do because we’re AWESOME).  They promised they would call us with some stuff in their basements or attics.  Usually their kids decide they won’t sell their stuff, but occasionally they do!  Patrick stopped on the way home from work on 6/8 at 2 places.

This first pick up wasn’t games, but Patrick wanted them:


Coins!  Disney!  Patrick loves both so I think these are going into his collection.

Paid $20 and valued at $30.

Like I mentioned, sometimes we get some games.  Here’s an amazing find!

14151617Wow!  That’s a lot of stuff!

Paid $50 and valued at $390!  A top 5 deal for sure!  Back flip time people!


Saturday 6/11 we were on a new week’s adventure and out the door by 7:00!

Our first stop had advertised video games.  They didn’t have much, but here’s what we got:


Not bad!  Paid $5 and valued at $35.  Not a bad start!

A few small items after our initial buy:


Paid $1 and valued at $30


Paid $2 and valued at $10

After this we headed to a large neighborhood sale that advertised 40 sales!  Wow, that’s a lot!

We hit ALL of them and found a few things, but it was slow going.  We started out strong and found these:


Paid $3 and valued at $20.

About every 4 sales or so we’d find something to buy.  We got a little lucky with this one:

22We paid $15 and think it’s valued somewhere between $150 and $200.  Holee Molee!!!  I about lost my little mind!

Our next pick up was something new we’re trying this year:


We’ve had some luck with little radios and decided to try a larger stereo boom box (Is that right?  Does the box boom!?  Yikes!).  Paid $4 and think it’s worth $50.

Our next pick up was kind of fun as we had to really negotiate to get them to bring it out:


She didn’t want to sell it without the cords.  Haha!  Silly lady, we have extra!  Paid $10 and valued at $40.

Across the street we found this fun little hand held:


We’ve gotten a bunch of these this year!  Paid $1 and valued at $10.  If every sale had something for $1 that was worth $10 we’d be rich!

Another nice $1 purchase:

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Paid $1 and valued at $12.  Bang!  Just kidding, it’s only a game.

Patrick really wanted to buy these for Sharron:


He paid $5 for them and the value is priceless.  Sharron loves them!

Here’s our one oops for the week.


We asked if they had games and the brought out a stack after looking for like 10 minutes.  We felt bad that there weren’t any we wanted so decided to just buy one anyway.  Paid $1 and valued at $1.  Oh well!

Our final pick up of the day was pretty late in the morning.  When it gets late you really have to dig through some of the unexplored boxes.  Here’s what we found:


The mini disc cases are for us, but the brand new disks were actually worth buying.  Since it was late in the morning, we looked them up online first before buying them.  Paid $3 and valued at $40.  A good way to end the day!

Our total for 6/11:

Spent:  $46

Expected Profit:  $283

Smaller week than we’ve had lately, but this hobby has its ups and downs!

Until my next post, ruff!

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Tag Sale Finds 5/21

After last weekend’s success, I was SUPER excited to go out this weekend. We had LOTS of sales to go to and many of them sounded amazing!

We left the house just after 7:00 (after a walk of course) and got to our first sale by 7:15. This lady had advertised Lego so we wanted to see about getting some. Here’s what we got:

In all fairness, she did have Lego, video games and a Pac-Man plug-n-play, but she wanted some CRAZY prices for them all. We left them for the next person.

What we did get we paid $6 for and have valued it at $21.

The next thing was all Patrick. He had been out golfing (without me) and his friend mentioned wanting a ball retriever so Patrick bought him one as a joke.

Paid $1 and valued at Priceless. You can’t put a price on humor I guess?

Our next find was more in line with what I like: Toys!

I don’t think we’ve ever bought GI Joe’s before! They’re about the perfect size for me.

Paid $25 and valued at $58. It seems to have been a day of winning by inches!

Our next find was FINALLY video games!

This was one of those sales where everything was in big bins and Patrick just happened to find these.

Paid $5 and valued at $66. MUCH better! Now we’re cookin!

We went around the corner to the next sale and when we asked about games they brought this out:

Paid $1 and valued at $15. Gotta love Mario!

Our next find was a tough one. They had lots of junk boxes and we just decided to dig a little (I love to dig!) till we found this:

Paid $2 and valued at $30. Digging IS good!  Tell all your friends!

The next sale was a crazy one and really showcased how many people are going to sales at this time of year. There were at least 20 cars parked out front. It was too crazy for us, but we found a couple of things we wanted/needed:

Patrick got the filter for his shop-vac and we’re still trying out the printer ink this year.

Paid $2 and valued at $32. #winning haha!

Our next sale had some 360 games out so we asked if they had any others. They brought out a HUGE pile of PS2 games. We picked up a few:

Nothing too exciting (it IS PS2). Paid $20 and valued at $50.

We walked across the street and found all of this:

Some silly stuff for sure, but games are games! Paid $25 and valued at $80.

It was time for a walk after this, so Patrick took me on a tour of the neighborhood and introduced me to everyone. Isn’t he nice!

We next headed to a neighborhood sale. We loved the ones we went to the previous week, but something about this one seemed off so we went later in the morning. We were right! It was almost all older people without anything interesting. We did find one thing:

Paid $1 and valued at $10. They were nice and really liked meeting me though!

Our last find of the day was an easy one. We were negotiating on their video games when I found these:

Paid $2 and valued at $20. Their games were WAY too expensive so we left them there.

And that was it for last weekend. Not bad but definitely not as good as the previous one. That will be hard to top though!

Total spent: $90

Total expected profit: $185

Still a win, but no back flips this week. Ruff!

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Pick-Ups from 5/14

Oh my gosh, where to begin!?  Busy week last week as everyone must be doing spring cleaning!  There were 4(!) neighborhood sales.  We went to all of them!  Wow!

Patrick woke me up at 6:15 and we were out the door by 6:45 (without Rumi).  We wanted to get to a sale that’s 30 minutes away by 7:15 that said they had video games.  When we showed up, they pointed to a small pile and told us that was what was left.  We were shocked as we thought we would be the first there.  It turns out that this was their 2nd week!  Surprisingly, we found some stuff:


Not bad!  Paid $5 and valued at $43.

A few of the sales in the area hadn’t opened yet, but when we finally found one, we were able to pick up a couple of interesting things:


Paid $15 and valued at $85.  We were off to an awesome start!  Back flips all around!

We headed out of Plainville to Farmington and went to the 2 neighborhood sales there.  The very first sale had games!  Here’s what we got:


Paid $10 and valued at $80!  It’s the Scooby’s!

At the next sale I asked about games and the guy brought out all of these:


He was a tough negotiator so we paid $39 for everything.  Valued at $84.  Ruff!  Gotta stay nice.

The last thing we found were these 2 Batman movies.  I like Batman!


Paid $5 and valued at $15.  On to the next neighborhood!

When we pulled in, the first few sales were packed.  I suggested we head to the back first so we did.  Wouldn’t you know it?  They had games!


Paid $65 and valued at $180.  We asked if they had anything else and they brought out some more!


Paid $15 and valued at $120.  Lego are fun to chew on, but Patrick doesn’t like the mess it makes.

SO many sales!  It was crazy!

At the next one, Patrick got what looks like a toy!


He says it’s a “Collectable”.  Haha, I’ll take it outside when he’s not looking.

Paid $12 and valued at $55.

Just when we thought we were done we came across this bundle:

9Patrick says this is the first fat (?) PS3 we’ve found.  It’s not nice to call people fat.

Paid $60 and valued at $210.  I guess fat is good!

Next door to this sale they had a driving wheel.  Maybe now I can practice my driving!


Paid $10 and valued at $50.  Let’s race!

Still MORE sales!

The last one we bought stuff at in this neighborhood we got these:


A nerf gun sounds like something that would be fun for dogs!

Paid $5 and valued at $25.

Next, Patrick was feeling pretty silly.  He wanted to buy something else, but he’d run out of money!  Don’t forget to go to the ATM Patrick!

We stopped at an ATM before our next sale.  We didn’t really need it as their prices were crazy low though!  Here’s what we got:


They said they had LOTS more, but couldn’t find it.  Oh well!

Paid $12 and valued at $220!  Holee Molee!  Definite back flips after this one!!!

I was so excited that I took Patrick for a walk.  It was nice to stretch out legs and everyone was happy to see us!

We couldn’t paws for long though as there were still more sales to go.

A few small pick-ups:


Paid $.50 and valued at $11


Paid $.50 and valued at $2 (you can’t win all the time)


Paid $6 and valued at $20.  Patrick says he used to play with these kind of toys when he was my age!  How cool is that!?

Our last sale of the day got us even more stuff!


Paid $40 and valued at $210.  That’s a good place to stop right?

All in all, we spent the most we’ve spent in over a year in one day at $300!

After fees though, we should be able to make around $700 in profit!  Wow!  That is more treats than I can eat in a day!

See you next week!  Ruff!

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Tag Sale Finds 5/7

Patrick started the weekend off by stopping at a sale on his way to work on Friday. Here’s what he got:

He only paid $2 and they even came with brand new tapes! We’re valuing them at $38.

The weather was really rainy last week, but Patrick still thought we should go out on an adventure. It rained on me during our pre-adventure walk! I hate that!

There were only 6 sales last weekend, but some of them seemed promising. At our first sale, we immediately noticed they had some Wii games. However, when we asked how much they cost, we were told that all of them were already sold via their Facebook tag sale ad. Sad face! They did have these Lego minifigures in cases though:

We bought them for $2 and have valued the entire set at $105. A good start to the day!

On our way to a great sounding sale, we stopped at another to kill some time. I, of course, suggested another walk instead as it had stopped raining. We asked if they had video games and here’s what they brought out:

They only wanted $10 for everything! We’re valuing them at $121. Not bad for a sale that sounded mediocre!

The next sale we were really looking forward to. My Dunk-tuition was all sorts of tingling! I was definitely right and they had some good stuff for sale. Attached to almost everything though was a print-out from Ebay showing a price for that item. Yuck. Prices were not good and they were not interested in making any deals. Sad face again!

We did pick up this book though:

Patrick already has a copy and says it’s a FANTASTIC story. Maybe he’ll read it to me some day?

We paid $.50 for it and could sell it for $15.

So that was it for this week. For the number of sales we went to we actually had some good luck. Rumi still thinks he’s the lucky dog! Incorrect! Haha!

Total spent: $14.50

Total value if we sold everything individually: $318

Profit after fees: $240

That’s a lot of treats for me! See you next week!

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Tag Sale Finds 4/30

I couldn’t sleep Friday night so made sure to wake Patrick up early on Saturday.  This ended up being super great as we got to go for a nice walk before going out on our adventure!

We left home at around 7:10 and were at our first sale by 7:15.  Wouldn’t you know it, we were one of the first to arrive and they had video games for us!

Here’s what we got:



We also got this stool for the kitchen:

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Now Patrick can sit with me while I eat my brek and din!

We paid $35 for everything and think everything would sell for $330.  Wow!  A great start to the day!

At the second sale of the day, we also were able to get some neat stuff:


Patrick said he isn’t going to start drumming but thought that the drum sticks were a good risk to take.  Inside the bag of Star Wars toys there was a vintage Boba Fett.  I’ve heard he’s mean.  I should chew him up!

We paid $50 for everything and think we could sell it all for $215.  We’re rock stars!

The third sale of the day didn’t have any video games, but we did pick up a few things:


Bumble!  He’s nicer than Boba Fett I bet!  Hey!  That rhymes!

We paid $15 and think we could sell it all for $80.

Next we were able to pick up some more video game stuff:


Nothing too exciting, but Patrick thought it was funny that we found 3 copies of Super Smash Bros. Brawl…until he opened it to find New Super Mario Bros.  Ha!  That game is better anyway!

Paid $10 and valued at $80

That was it for the video games for the day.  We did buy a few more items that Patrick was interested in though:


M-I-C, K-E-Y.  M-O-U-S-EEEEE!  We love Christmas so ornaments are fun to buy!

Patrick says that the radios are hard to find so are more valuable.  Doesn’t everyone have a radio?  I dunno.  Every time I listen to the radio it’s nothing but commercials!  They stink!  (worse than me right now.  Ha ha)

We paid $5(!) for everything and think it’s worth $200!  Wow!  Another good one for us!

So that was everything we got that day.  Except my birthday cake.  We got that on the way home too.  I’m 7!

Total spent:  $115

Total value if we sold everything individually:  $900

Total profit:  $600

Definitely one of our best days ever!  Rumi thinks he’s bringing the good luck.  I still think it’s my bow tie!  Ruff!

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Tag Sale Finds 4/23

No blog last week as we didn’t find anything. I think you can guess what that means…we found stuff this week!

Patrick woke me and Rumi up super early on Saturday morning…at like 6:25! We usually get up at around 7:00, but he said that the early bird gets the worm, so we got up. (Even though I don’t like worms) We were on the road by 6:55 after brek and a walk (Yay!).

I was still super tired, so I crawled into Patrick’s lap and took a power nap. Before I knew it we’d arrived at our first sale. Patrick told me that there were supposed to be Star Trek items there and he loves Star Trek so I had high hopes! It looked like we were the first ones there so we asked if it was ok for us to go in (we were early!). They said sure and we found an entire tote of Star Trek stuff! Here’s what we got:


Wow! Paid $48 for everything and valued at around $250! A great start to the day!

On our way to the next sale, we stopped at one that wasn’t supposed to open for 1 ½ hours. They wouldn’t let us in. Oh well!

Our third sale of the day was listed as a MEGA sale! They had their entire front lawn covered in stuff, but we still looked to be one of the first few people to arrive. We asked about games and the younger guy said he’d bring some out. We looked at the rest of the stuff and bought a few more things too. Here’s what we got:


I don’t like that Brain Warp thing and Rumi HATES it! But Patrick said it was funny so we got it. Patrick buys some weird things sometimes. The Michael Jordan cards are supposed to be 22K gold. Sounds fancy!

Paid $24 and valued at $105. We’re on a roll!

Patrick was SUPER excited about this next sale as they had mentioned sporting goods. He doesn’t play any sports but if he’s excited I’M excited too! They didn’t end up having any video games, but Patrick bought some skis?


I didn’t think he was into sports, but if he’s happy, so am I!

Our next sale was a moving sale. We usually don’t like those, but our Spidey senses were tingling about this sale so we went. They didn’t have much at first glance, but after asking about video games, the guy went inside to get some. Always a good sign! He brought out an entire box and we picked out some good ones. Here’s what we got!


Only 10 games, but they’re all mostly good. Patrick got a few for bundling and one he took a chance on. The negotiation was fascinating on this one. The guy started out at $10 a game, but we told him we usually only pay $1-2 per game at sales, but were willing to negotiate. After thinking a bit, the guy finally said, “Ok, you can have these for $20.” SOLD!  Total estimated value: $140.

Patrick then said we were going to a community sale. We’ve done well at those in the past so I was getting excited again. Then I reminded Patrick that he needed to do some work on a home-improvement project and that we should probably go home. We already had lots of good stuff for the day and could call it a success. He agreed and we headed home with breakfast. J

Total spent: $102

Total value if we sold everything individually: $500

Total profit after fees: $300

A great early season day! Backflips for everyone! Woof!

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First Tag Sales of the Season SUCCESS!

Oh my goodness!  Last year we didn’t have any sales until April!  That silly Groundhog did say that we’d have an early spring and he was right!

We went out on Saturday to 3 sales!  The first one seemed promising and it was!  Here’s what we found:


Hard to believe that we found something at the VERY FIRST SALE of the year!  Paid $10 and valued at $65 so not bad!

The next two sales didn’t have anything exciting, but we did get a Wiimote gel (that looks like a chew toy to me…) and some magic erasers (again, chew toys?).

We had a good time and our new friend Rumi went with us.  Hopefully there will be more next weekend!

Oh my gosh, Patrick says I need to get to work selling all of the leftovers from last year!  I’m off!

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Dreamcast Bundle 2/28

Looks like we’re back in the game buying business!  Patrick told me that he got a lead on a Sega Dreamcast bundle from Facebook so we headed out to Granby to check it out.  Here’s what we got:


Paid $50 and valued at $343 if we sold everything individually.  Wow!  That made it into our top ten!  Finding out it was in the box was surprising and pretty cool!

Our new friend Rumi went with us.  I guess he can be a part of the team.  <pout>

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Goodwill Find 2/12

Oh my gosh! It has been SO long since I posted!

Patrick stopped by Goodwill on Friday and found a bag with all these Skylanders:


He only paid $4.25! Wow!

If we sold everything individually we think we could get $40 for them. Not bad for a mid-winter find!

Maybe instead I’ll keep one as a chew-toy…

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Week of 9/5 – 9/12 Pick-Ups

This should be the last Tag Sale update of the season (SAD face) and as you can tell, the write-up is WAY late! Patrick has been super busy and so we took a long time to take inventory of our last outing.

With 14 scheduled stops(!), this mid-September outing looked to be fun! However, as has been the case this season, we skunked out for most of the morning. Drat! It wasn’t until we got almost half-way through that we found something we wanted to buy. It was a good one too!


Mario Party 9! Sweet! Paid $10 and valued at $70.

What was again pretty normal this year is that this sale wasn’t on our list. It was just a sign we saw and decided to stop. (MY Idea!) It seems that all of the advertised sales have been hit hard by folks looking for games. That’s pretty sad as Patrick and I want to find them! That’s all the fun!

Only a couple of sales later, we didn’t even have to ask about video games and they had a bunch of stuff out!


For a few seconds it seemed like they had a whole bunch more inside but when they checked, all they found was the DSi pictured. Paid $50 and valued at $150. We really thought they would have some N64 stuff based on the N64 Donkey Kong VHS. Oh well!

At my favorite sale of the day, we found these three things:


Paid $2 and valued at $20. The best part was that everyone wanted to meet me! I was a rock star! It was super fun!


At the final sale of the day, we really didn’t think we’d find anything. It was in a small over 50 community but we decided to stop anyway and found this!


Paid $10 and valued at $50. Nice!

Here’s one picture that is not game related but that we wanted to share:


OXEN! Wow! It was super neat to meet them, but honestly I didn’t want to get too close. Patrick wanted to give them a pet, but I was much happier at a distance. Ruff!

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