Monday, October 3, 2011
The Beginning of Junk Selling
I guess it would make sense here to start from the beginning. I was driving to school one day last spring semester. I was really early because I just wanted to get out of the house with all the rain we were having. So, I took the long way down Detroit into downtown. Around West 50th I saw a sign that said ESTATE SALE. I had no idea what it was, so I stopped. To my surprise an Estate sale is when they sell the contents of a dead person’s house. I will admit that it kind of creped me out to be in some dead guy’s house but that all went away after I saw what was for sale inside the house. Apparently, the former owner had spent years scuba diving Lake Erie and bring home whatever he happened to find on the bottom. The house was filled with old bottles, thousands of them. So I picked up a few that I thought looked cool and paid about $1 dollar a piece for them. After class that day I went home and looked them up on Ebay. I found they were worth around $10 each and I was hooked from that moment on. Where else can you make a 900 percent profit in less than 4 hours, legally at least? After a few more estate sales I had a nice big pile of old “junk” but I had no idea what to do with it. I am laughing as I write this because what was a big pile then, 3 old wooden crates and some odds and ends, is nothing compared to the 10 antique crates and piles of odds and ends sitting on my porch right now. Anyway, not wanting to pay taxes or deal with shipping costs associated with Ebay, I decided to load up my car and head down to the local flea market for a Saturday afternoon. I made $180 my first shot, not bad for having 3 wooden crates filled with nothing special. Next time…..selling junk to pay my bills instead of delivering pizza!!