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Got up around 7:25AM, made it out driving by 7:54AM, and went out until 12:57pm for a total of 5h3m hours (AGAIN?!) (3h24m spent driving, 1h39m spent at sales).

Spent $26.25 plus ~$15.52 gas for 56.6 miles of driving (14 mpg @ $3.84/G), for a total cost of $41.77.

We drove to 40 yard sales, stopping at 25 (62%) of them.

We made 17 purchases (31 items) for a total estimated value of $320.02, leading to a profit/savings of $278.25.

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So in essence, we multiplied our initial investment by 7.6X.
(Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $317 on the job, pre-tax, in order to take home the $278 in cash that we saved here. How long does $278 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 5 hrs we spent here?)
Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $55.10/hr as a couple or $27.55/hr per person.


Clint’s back hurt, so Carolyn drove this time. Clint did the navigating, gathering of stats, and counting how many yardsales we hit and drove by. Usually the situation is the opposite.

Twice, Carolyn took 4 seconds to notice the light turning green (left turn green arrow, the rarest of all greens!). She needs to pay more attention. I’d have beeped if I were behind her :)

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We saw the solar system floor puzzle we bought last year.

“Yardfishing” looked like an interesting game, but we didn’t buy it.

We passed on some items, too: Simon & Garfunkel vinyl, a banjo that was also a tambourine for $3, smallest cello ever (it seemed way smaller than a normal cello). We also almost got a gavel after talking about how we didn’t have a gavel during a recent hangout, but decided against it in the end.

Carolyn missed $20 “cat walk” thing because she wouldn’t get out of the car, sitting in it, for like TEN minutes. Carolyn… If I’m at a sale that long, that means its good… So get out and join me! (She does this sometimes.)

“He puts the kid in skid.” – Clint’s comment about a kid who was running towards the street, who skidded and fell over. Carolyn was laughing for awhile about that comment.

Every year, we are reminded that “If the signage sux, so does the sale!” Particularly true today. If there is a mis-spelling, or a lack of arrows creating an ambiguity — it’s a virtual guarantee that the actual stuff at the sale will be shitty as well. Stupid people don’t have good stuff. Smart people do.

Awesome kitty cat pet session interupted by rustling in the bamboo. (It was a seal-point himalayan.) That cat was so friendly. The old lady told us how the cat was missing for 3 years and then she got it back because of its microchip. Her house was built in the 1700s, before Mount Vernon. Some of the windows did indeed look old.


  • $5.00: throw, electric, red plaid, Sunbeam, M85AP E23623SP (EV:$29.96) – We already have one of these, but sometimes we had fought over who gets to use it, so it doesn’t hurt to have another.

  • $5.00: razor, electric, Philips/Norelco, 7145XL. (EV:$50.00) – We had recently spent $26.76 on replacement blades for Clint’s very similar razor

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  • $4.00: action figure, Iron Man, walking, talking, shooting rockets, remote control for your wrist, large, 12.75″ tall, 9 joints, 2009, MVLFFLLC, ours is missing the two shoulder guns and 1 of the missiles (EV:$13.00, but ours has the remote and 3 missiles) – Here’s a review that is pretty accurate: “He falls and he falls a lot.” They even have a video. Theirs walks more than ours did. This thing is pretty funny, though.

  • $3.00: sheets, queen-sized, blue, 1 fitted, 1 regular (EV:$20.98) We needed a queen-sized fitted sheet because one of ours had ripped, and another is slightly too small for our bed.
  • $2.00: game, top bowling game, Mespi Kegelspiel Birilli Skittles Jeu de quilles, art. 14500, http://www.mespi.com/ (EV:$98.90 euros = $130.94) – really hard to believe this is worth that much, but apparently this game originally came out in 1920, and that may be the price for an original. Still, I couldn’t find this, and some niche person who really holds this in nostalgic value might actually pony up that money. I’ll call this $50 to be a bit conservative.

  • $2.00: vent/register covers (2), wood, 13.5×5.5″ (2@$1.00/ea) (EV:$19.99*2=$39.98) – Unfortunately, these were too big to fit in our vents. Who can use these?

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  • $1.00: game, mystery game, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, still in wrapping, Sleuth Productions LTD, SL-100 (EV:$24.99, but ours is shrink-wrapped) – Could be interesting to host a murder party.

  • $1.00: game, Game Of Life: Indiana Jones version (EV:$19.99) – We got this with Steve in mind, but y’know what? This is a totally different game from the normal game. We’re gonna have to play this, actually!

  • $1.00: lightbulbs, (8@$0.12 each) (4 75watt, 4 100 watt) (EV:$4.37 for 6, so $0.73/each, so $5.83) – Not as good as the deal from Home Depot where the lightbulbs were $0.10 each, but still a good deal

  • $1.00: bobblehead, Star Wars, Boba Fette, Funco 2008 (6.25″ tall) (EV:$8.19) – Well, my name is Boba Fett, you know my shit is tight.

  • $FREE: toy, Pengiun, car, 1991, 3.125×2.375″ (EV:$0.99) – We already had this. Oops.

  • $FREE: toy, Batgirl, car, 1991, 3.625×2.25″ (EV:$0.99, but ours isn’t inbox) – We already had this. Oops.

  • $FREE: cup, Batman Returns, Batman & Catgirl, McDonald’s 1992, 5.625″ (EV:$8.99) This guy was getting rid of all his plastic cups from back in the day.

  • $FREE: cup, Batman Returns, Penguin & huge rubber ducky, McDonald’s 1992, 5.625″ (EV:$9.49)

  • $FREE: cup, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2), 5.125″, Burger King, 1990 (EV:$11.49, but we only have 2, not 3, so $7.66)

  • $FREE: ice trays (2) (EV:$2.00) We have enough ice trays now, but we thought maybe Clint’s work can use these, or Happy House.

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* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person).

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