Garage Sale finds April/May 2016
April is here, which means Garage sales are back. Hopefully, this means there are plenty of people selling games at Garage Sales. Welcome back to the weekly adventures of one of the guys from The Gamers Lounge as he tries to hunt down some great finds.
I apologize in the lack of updates, as I have been pretty busy. In early April I only went to two sales the first weekend. One advertised Wii stuff and the other had Xbox One games. The first sale with the Wii games had a large Wii Bundle with two remotes, some plastic accessories, mics, WiiFit Board, 10 games, and a boxed system for $120. I was able to grab Wii Sports Resort, Wii Play Complete, and Super Smash Bros. She said her son had priced the bundle but he wasn't here right now, so I asked if she would sell the games. She would take $30, and I showed $25. She took the offer.
The 2nd sale had almost nothing. I got there pretty close to when it opened. There was one Xbox One game and it was NBA Live 14 which is a terrible game. It was sealed but that doesn't matter. They had Need for Speed The Run which is actually a decent trade in at Gamestop, I asked how much and the guy wanted $2. No haggling there.
Fast forward to the end of April before I left on vacation. I hit up a church sale and snagged Ultimate Sim and Betrayal at Krondor for $5 each. Good deal but they are only semi-complete. I might use these for a giveaway later this summer.
Later that morning I went to another sale across town. They had advertised Wii and Xbox games. Got over there and guy said he had only one person stop by and they bought Super Mario All Stars for Wii. The seller had a ton of PS3 and DS games and he wanted $2 apiece.
Now there was a lot shovelware, but I cherry picked a few items. Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort Double pack, Peggle DS, Mahjongg for DS, Resident Evil 6 for PS3, Lego Star Wars Complete for Wii and the same game for PS3, Lego Batman 2 for Wii, Just Dance GH for Wii, Burnout Paradise for PS3, Lego Movie for PS3, a classic controller for Wii and a gun shell for Wii. I think I paid around $25. It was a great deal, he offered me the Wii System for $50 with a few games but I passed on that deal.
My only tip is carry some snacks and water, then you won’t have to stop and waste time.
May has been interesting so far. I had to work the first weekend, but there was a huge community sale. I managed to get there and score a few deals. There were a few booths selling games. Most everyone wanted market price. $30 for SNES games. $40 for a GBA SP. I did find a booth selling Left for Dead for PC for $1 so I grabbed that. I also grabbed some like new Netgear Powerline Adapters to give as a gift later this year
This was one corner booth who had games that were reasonably priced. He had some GBA, GBC, PS2, PS3, and 360 games. He also had some boxed early 90s PC games. I passed on Microsoft Flight Simulator and Rebel Assault 1. I did snag Oregon Trail in box with 3.5 and a 5.25 floppy disks. Game is complete with all paperwork and the box has a little wear. It was $5. I also snagged Aria of Sorrow for GBA from him for $5.
I haven't seen much of my competition this weekend, but the last weekend in April, there was a sale advertising game systems. I choose to go to a sale across town that adveritsed games, it was a bad address so I went to the sale with game systems late. My competition was walking off with a cheap PS2 system and a bunch of shovelware games. Not certain if he's buying for a store or himself. Most of the games were pretty common.
This most recent weekend went okay, I went to a few sales close to my house. One of them had PC games for sale in box. There was Jedi Outcast, Battlefield 1942, FEAR 2, Age of Empires 3, Star Wars Battlefront and a few others for $1 apiece. I was tempted by all of them, but I would probably just end up giving them away as I have a lot of the games digitally. I did grab Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle Earth II.
My tip for these last two weeks, plan a route and try to stick to it. You may miss something at an advertised sale.