How to Spot Valuables at Yard Sales

vintage-998419_960_720With the warm temperatures officially upon us, many homeowners are looking to get rid of unwanted items by selling them at yard sales. If you're in the business of buying and reselling property, you can use this opportunity to scour local yard sales in search of valuables. With a little bit of luck, you can come away some amazing items that can be resold for a profit. However, you'll need to know what exactly to look for when shopping at yard sales.

Vintage Dolls

While modern-day dolls are rarely worth the time and energy flipping, you can often resell vintage dolls for a decent profit. In fact, some of the early-model Barbies are worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars. So when you're shopping around at yard sales this summer, keep your eyes peeled for vintage dolls.

It's worth mentioning that dolls, like most collectables, are worth more if they are unopened and in their original packaging. If a vintage doll has been opened and played with, you'll get a lower selling price for it. This doesn't necessarily mean that you should avoid buying opened vintage dolls, rather you should be willing to pay more for it if it's unopened.

Antique Furniture

Of course, antique furniture is always a hot item at yard sales. Modern-day furniture is often made with cheap particle board, but this isn't true for many antique pieces. Older furniture is made of high-quality hardwood materials, exhibiting unique "aging" that many people actually prefer.

Sports Cards

Baseball card collecting was once a popular pastime enjoyed by a large percentage of the population. While the popularity for this hobby has since declined, thousands of people continue to collect baseball, basketball, football and other sports cards. Therefore, it's a good idea to look for them when shopping at yard sales. More specifically, look for autographed cards from hall-of-famers. If you need help determining the value of a particular baseball or sports card, look it up on eBay. This will give you a general idea of how much people are willing to pay for the card.

Designer Clothes with Tags

Who says clothes aren't worth buying at yard sales? Assuming you are looking to turn a profit on them, you should selectively choose designer name-brand clothes with the tags still attached. If it doesn't have the tags, it's not going to yield a high resell value.

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