Garage Sale finds May 2017
As May progresses garage sales have been hit or miss. Either I am missing the ones with good deals or people aren't selling video games. I have a feeling it's a combination of both. But I have had a little luck the last few weeks. I also had some luck at Goodwill and on Offerup.
Last week I went to a few yard sales on Friday, but the weather was pretty bad and I didn't see much. I went to a local church rummage sale and picked up 3 PS2 games and Bloody Roar 3 for PS2. Total was $1.50. There were some other PS2 and PC games there but none were worth it.
Over the next week I got a response to one of my Offerup adds. A guy was looking to sell a SNES and games. He also had a NES with hookups and no controller and another SNES that was acting up. He offered it all to me for $60. I took the deal. The NES works as well the SNES will need to get cleaned. He also offered me a chance to get some N64 games from him at a later time.
This weekend was much of the same. I went to a few yard sales and didn't see much, I wandered to another church yard sale and there were a few items. I saw several sports games for GameCube. I picked up a GameCube power supply, a/v cables, and a memory card for $2. I went to a yard sale that advertised a Wii with games, the seller wanted $100 and I left.
I decided to head out on Saturday to see if I would have better luck, I went to a few other garage sales that had listed video games. Guy had a box with a SNES, NES, PS2, PS1, Xbox and a GC but he wouldn't separate the lot. I watched my competition try to make an offer. I offered $100 and $125 and the seller wouldn’t take either. I thought about going back to the sale later in the day and seeing if had sold and making another offer, but that sounded like too much work. I did hit up one sale where the seller had PS3 and Wii games. I cherry picked those for trade in to Gamestop.
I went to a few more yard sales but didn't find much. A slim PS1 and some other gaming odds and ends for $5 total. It sounds like most of the yard sales had already been picked clean. I had better luck at Goodwill, I found an Xbox on top of a coke machine. I looked at the manufacturing date, 2003 or higher are usually what people want since the DVD drives and Bios are better. I noticed something at the bottom, a mod chip. Bought it for $20, took it home and it worked like a dream.
Lastly, Offerup has come through again. I found a N64 and Goldeneye on there for $30. System was dirty and the controller was beat up. Everything works and now I have a spare N64.
Tip of the week. Bring bags to carry your finds and bring hand sanitizer.