As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” When you go to a garage sale or flea market, you’re going to run into people who are eager to get rid of stuff. Maybe they inherited their parent’s or grandparent’s house, and they’re keen to clear it out and get the house on the market. Most of the time, these people have absolutely no idea what their antique and vintage items are worth. They don’t care about potentially losing a couple hundred dollars worth of stuff, because it’s holding them back from selling the house for hundreds of thousands. That’s where people like you and me can find the golden opportunity to flip something from garage sales for profit!
For two years, I was actually able to make a full-time living selling things on eBay, similar to what you see on shows like “American Pickers”. It’s a lot more difficult than how it looks on TV. Keep in mind that even when you’re searching full time, it’s incredibly rare to find something that’s worth thousands of dollars. After two years traveling and working 40 to 60 hours a week, the best I’ve ever done was finding a $500 item for $1. But you’d be surprised as to how often you can find $100 items for $1 everywhere you go. But even with the help of eBay and Etsy, you won’t know how to do your research in the first place if you don’t know what you’re looking for! Here’s a list of pro tips for finding secret treasures hiding at garage sales.
40. Antique Christmas Ornaments
There is a huge market for reselling Christmas ornaments. Some eBay and Etsy sellers even thrive from selling Christmas decor 365 days a year! If you ever find a collectible brand like Hallmark, always snatch those up for a good price, because they tend to be easy to flip on eBay, giving you a minimum $10 profit on each item.
But if you want to talk about the big bucks, the most valuable Christmas ornaments are called “Kugels”. These are some of the oldest ornaments on the market, which were hand blown in the 1800’s. After a quick search on eBay, I found some large Kugel ornaments selling for over $2,000. Even the smaller ones are easily worth anywhere between $40 to $100.