Sunday, June 8, 2008

Week 8 [06.07.08]

Day Total: $8.00
Sales Visited: 21

1 PS2 console (w/ power adapter and A/V cable)
1 Madden '07 (PS2, disc only)
Paid: $1.00

2 GBA SP (w/ 1 charger)
Paid: $5.00

1 Lightning Force (GEN, complete)
1 Sandisk card reader
Paid: $0.50

1 Shining in the Darkness (GEN, cart + case)
Paid: $0.25

1 Sim City 4 (PC, complete)
Paid: $0.25

1 antique "french roll" cast iron muffin pan
Paid: $1.00

The hottest day of the year - well into the 90's - yielded a handful of small purchases.

The PS2 was marked $5, and the seller told us he wasn't sure if it worked. His kids had it at college and then when they moved back home, they "abandoned" it. We offered $1, saying we'd take a chance, which he accepted. Once home, we performed "the test" - PS2 cd-rom, PS2 dvd, PS1, and DVD - and everything worked perfectly fine! Definitely worth the dollar gamble!

We never owned a GBA SP, and the few we've seen in the field were either too expensive or badly beat-up. These were in good shape all-around, asking $5 each. We offered $5 for both which the seller quickly accepted. They both work great.

One sale we went to was rather interesting in terms of setup. It was on a farm, and the yard sale was along the driveway, which was somewhat long and had a grass divider down the middle. The sale was penned off with small wood poles and rope, with an opening to walk into each section. Each section was marked 25 cents, 50 cents, etc. up to $5 and $10. The front of the sale had the most "expensive" items, and as you walked up the driveway, the sections became cheaper. Right at the front of the sale was a Genesis with 4 games marked $50. Yeah right. For the hell of it, we grabbed Shining in the Darkness, a game we didn't own, and offered a quarter on it. To our surprise, the seller took it with no hesitation. Sometimes making an offer on something overpriced works, though usually it doesn't...

Near the end of the day, we happened upon a sale that was charging $4 per DVD, which was a red flag right off the bat. Near the DVDs was a box full of PS1 games, not priced. Upon inspection, it was mostly common stuff. The only one that was of any interest was Bushido Blade. Since there were no prices, we offered a quarter. The seller called his wife over and she flatly said "No, the games are $3 each". We then offered 50 cents, she again responded "No." We said we could do a dollar. She said "No". We said, "You're going to stay firm at $3 at 12 o'clock?" She didn't respond but the husband answered, "I guess so." No wonder they had full boxes of DVDs and the PS1 games.

The cast iron muffin pan has a personal and sentimental value, and the muffins come out so delicious!

Hit a local flea market after yardsaling, and were not surprised to find it as typical as flea markets get. The usual videogame vendors were present and accounted for, complete with overpriced common games in terrible shape. There was also a snack hut that had the standard burgers and fries, chinese food, and even korean food.

All in all it was a good day, and you couldn't ask for better weather.

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