My Top 5 Garage Sale Finds
By Aaron LaPedis
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Ever since I was in my early teens, I have found garage sales to be a great resource for items I can easily resell for profit. Over time, that interest has turned into a weekly obsession.
I get excited every time I think about the treasures out there that are just waiting to be found. I learn something new from each purchase, and hopefully you too can learn from my best successes and biggest missteps. The following five stories depict some of my most memorable finds, both good and bad.
4. Windup Tin Toy Monkey on a Motorcycle: Number four on my list is a rather rare tin toy. While visiting a garage sale, I came across a windup, German-made, tin toy monkey on a motorcycle. The person selling the toy actually brought it back from Germany during World War II. He had recently come across the toy when cleaning out his house for the sale and decided to sell it. I knew from prior experience that it definitely had value, but when he said he wanted $45 for the toy, I replied "What is this, Sotheby's?" He laughed, and eventually I bought it for $28. When I returned home to look up the toy's actual value, I wasn't able to find it anywhere online. At the time, I decided to hold onto the toy, not knowing its true value. About a year later I sold it on eBay for $895.