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post #1 of 13
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Yesterday I was at a garage sale, and I picked up a few books. One of the books is The Shining by Stephen King. You know the movie. Well, it looks pretty good considering how old it is, the jacket condition is excellent, no rips, tears or stains anywhere. Anyway, a few minutes ago I was looking around on the net for whatever reason and decided to see if the book was of any significant value.

It turns out that the book is a first edition, and its market price falls into the range of $400 - $500 !!!

I got it for 50 cents!!!

Has anyone else bought a bargain like this?
post #2 of 13
I've actually found some late 19th - early 20th century hardbacks at garage sales that were worth hundreds, if not over a thousand. The funniest "find" was made by one of my godchildren when he was 10. He spotted a book at a garage sale that was in German, and bought it for me for 10 cents, just because it was in German, which I was studying at the time. It turned out to be a very rare history book from 1921, and netted us close to $2,000 (in 70s dollars). His mom put his share into a savings account, and he later used it for a trip to Europe (and visited me, because I'd moved here in the meantime).
post #3 of 13
Wow! cool find, alright!
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post #5 of 13
Neat! I've always wondered if any of my garage sale finds were worth a lot...might have to do a bit of research too.
post #6 of 13
When I first met hubby he was this slightly spoiled teenager that would randomly throw things away. It was like an obsessive-compulsive thing for him.

Well, I managed to "train" him out of his habit. He still occasionally throw away things without even thinking or remembering. Hopefully he doesn't accidentially throw away anything valuable.
post #7 of 13
That is awesome Very cool find for you!! I dont think I have ever found anything worth money, or if I did-I didnt know it!
post #8 of 13
That is really cool!! I don't know if anything we found was really worth anything but we bought this awesome painting of a knight with just the funny hat on. He looks mean. We have started telling people that he is our great great great uncle or whatever!! I tried researching the signature and it looks like a fairly famous name but I can't find anything about that paricular painting on one even similar!!
post #9 of 13
i love garage sales! Jeff and i are at them every weekend

i found a few 007 books once, i payed $4.00 for them and made $100, i also found an old copy of some book, can't remember the title....i brought that one for 20c and made $50.

my best find was about 400 archie comics, she was selling them for $50 but i haggled her down to $20 and sold them for over $400

amazing that some people just don't realize what they are getting rid of.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by pandybear
amazing that some people just don't realize what they are getting rid of.
I'm one of those people that don't really care what it's worth - if I have no use for it - out it goes. I have neither the inclination nor energy to go researching how much my junk might be worth to someone else.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Quill_luv
Yesterday I was at a garage sale, and I picked up a few books. One of the books is The Shining by Stephen King. You know the movie. Well, it looks pretty good considering how old it is, the jacket condition is excellent, no rips, tears or stains anywhere. Anyway, a few minutes ago I was looking around on the net for whatever reason and decided to see if the book was of any significant value.

It turns out that the book is a first edition, and its market price falls into the range of $400 - $500 !!!

I got it for 50 cents!!!

Has anyone else bought a bargain like this?
Make sure that the edition you have is actually a trade edition and not the book club edition, which is worth FAR less.

Also, if you sell through a reputable book dealer, you can get a LOT more than if you go through eBay - there just isn't the market on eBay for King books that you would think.

I know, I'm a collector of his works, and have several that are worth a pretty penny!

I actually found a leatherbound early special edition that has his first 4 novels in it at a yard sale for 50 cents about 10 years ago. At that time, it was worth over $100.
post #12 of 13
I have never got anything at a garage sale that is worth anything but my sister did. She got a super nintendo and about 10 games for $10. A super nintendo on ebay is about $60 and the games are all worth quite a bit too.
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How did you all go about determining what the books/comics were worth? Is there a website that I can consult?

TIA (=
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