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Garage Sale Finds: Neighborhood Garage Sales Pay Off

Great Finds: Neighborhood Garage Sale Haul
$683 Reasons to love thy neighbors' Neighborhood Garage Sales 
It pays to shop at Neighborhood Garage Sales. Check out the savings/profit potential of these reader-submitted garage sale finds!

Serious Garage Sale treasure hunters hit neighborhood garage sales before single family sales because they can shop the most merchandise in a single stop. This not only saves time and gas money, but also improves your odds of finding what you want. Naturally there's competition between the individual sales, so the deals at neighborhood-wide garage sales tend to be better, too.

Case in point...

"Three Neighborhood Garage Sales Near Me"

When Ethan heard that three different subdivisions near his home were all hosting neighborhood garage sales on the same day, he was up for the challenge.

His strategy?

Ethan told garage sale forum members at Treasurenet.com that he arrived early at the first sale on his list —not early bird early, but at 8 am sharp— then quickly, yet carefully, combed through more garage sales than he could count.

Three hours later, after the dust  had settled, Ethan walked away with seven pretty sweet picks that, by my estimation, are easily worth ten to twenty times more than what he paid for them.

I know this because I searched eBay for recently completed listings that show what other people paid for the same items. If I couldn't find a comparable item that sold at auction, I estimated its value at roughly 30% of the current retail price, depending on the item's condition,

Take a look:

1. Ninety-six rounds of Remington .357 Magnum hollow point ammo

.357 Magnum Ammo  - Great Finds: Neighborhood Garage Sale Haul
357 ammo — Treasurenet.com

Neighborhood Garage Sale Price: $2
*Estimated Value: $65
Potential profit on .357 ammo: $63

2. Mounted Bull Horns

Bull Horns - Neighborhood Garage Sale Haul
Bull Horns — Treasurenet.com

Neighborhood Garage Sale Price: $4
*Estimated Value: $72
Potential profit on bull horns: $68

3. WWII U.S. Navy Bearing Circle

WWII Bearing Circle - Neighborhood Garage Sale Haul
Navy Bearing Circle Close-Up - Neighborhood Garage Sale Haul
WWII Bearing Circle Serial No.
WWII US Navy Bearing Circle — Treasurenet.com

Neighborhood Garage Sale Price: $5
*Estimated Value: $90
Potential profit on bearing circle: $85

My personal favorite...

4. Vintage Emerson electric fan

Vintage Emerson Electric Fan - Neighborhood Garage Sale Haul
Emerson Electric Fan — Treasurenet.com

Neighborhood Garage Sale Price: $3
*Estimated Value: $40
Potential profit on vintage fan: $37

5. Dremel rotary tool kit

Dremel rotary tool kit - Neighborhood Garage Sale Haul
Dremel kit — Treasurenet.com

Neighborhood Garage Sale Price: $4
*Estimated Value: $124
Potential profit on dremel: $120

6. New Readhead Pheasant Vest w/ tags

New Redhead Pheasant Vest - Neighborhood Garage Sale Haul
Redhead hunting Vest — Treasurenet.com

Neighborhood Garage Sale Price: $5
*Estimated Value: $65
Potential profit on hunter's vest: $60

7. Kiln

Kiln - Neighborhood Garage Sale Haul
Kiln — Treasurenet.com

Neighborhood Garage Sale Price: $20
*Estimated Value: $250
Potential profit on kiln: $230


  • Cost of 7 Neighborhood Garage Sale finds: $43
  • Estimated Profit Potential of said finds: *$683
  • Euphoria from shopping crushing it at Neighborhood Garage Sales: Priceless

 "By far my best day of hunting, yet!"

 — Ethan,  Treasurenet.com

Whether you're an avid treasure hunter, or an occasional garage sale shopper, I hope this has inspired you to take advantage of neighborhood sales whenever you go garage saling.

— Happy Hunting!

Do you choose community or Neighborhood Garage Sales over single family sales when you have the opportunity? What's your best find? Tell us in the comments below!

About Treasurenet.com - The Original Treasure Hunting Website:

Treasurenet.com is a great place to meet other treasure hunters! With over 100,000 members, it's the web's largest Treasure Hunting Forum. Discussions at Treasurenet cover a wide range of well-organized treasure related topics—from metal detecting, relic hunting and prospecting to antiquing and garage saling and everything in between. It's free to join, easy to navigate and never buggy.
 At Treasurenet, no one's a stranger and showing off is encouraged. It's also a great place to hunt for answers to burning questions like, "What is this?" and "What's it worth?" There are always friendly, knowledgeable members on hand who are happy to help. 

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*NOTE: Estimated values are not to be viewed as investment recommendations or financial advice. Although I have made a good effort to ensure the accuracy of any data and the validity of my opinions, no one should make any investment decision without first consulting a financial advisor and conducting his or her own research and due diligence. More importantly, please keep in mind that something is only worth what someone is willing to pay.
  1. http://www.luckygunner.com/remington-357-mag-ammo-for-sale-357mag125sjhpremumc-100 
  2. http://www.ebay.com/itm/636-STEER-Horns-3-FT-3-IN-MOUNTED-BULL-Horns-COW-LONGHORN-TAXIDERMY-Western-/251745389266?hash=item3a9d31cad2:g:PUAAAOSw7ThUgfNy 
  3. http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-Navy-Bureau-of-Ships-Bearing-Circle-Mark-I-Model-2-with-Case/231485042390?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D35375%26meid%3Dedc6a8acbc1e449dba1a8326410a694b%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D231485042390 
  4. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Emerson-Oscillation-Electric-Fan-Mid-Century-Steampunk-RETRO-Antique-Fan-/252414693551?hash=item3ac51690af:g:z7AAAOSwYmZXNhR0 
  5. https://www.amazon.com/Dremel-400-6-90-Variable-Accessories/dp/B0002QZ1P6/?tag=lege1-20 
  6. http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Upland-Field-Vest-for-Men/product/48945/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT
  7. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Paragon-Fusion-8-Glass-Kiln-/291751314137?
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  1. Quite a haul! Community-wide sales used to be a trade secret. I guess the cat's out of the bag. (Anyone interested in purchasing a second hand cat?)

    1. Yes, quite! Certainly impressed me. Not to mention the fact that Ethan is a young college student and has already figured out what took me years to master!

      Thank you for your comment Jay! :-) Come back any time...

      (Oh, and I'm sorry for letting the cat out the bag. LOL)