How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

In the 1950s, the best places to buy bargain-priced antiques were local house sales or farm auctions. But times have changed. Old items are often considered “used” not “art.” Try these.

1) The front yard pile of boxes waiting for trash pick up. Christmas ornaments, old tools, magazines, toys, even portraits are often discarded after years in the attic. Search early. There is a group in almost every city that checks trash.

2) Church rummage sales and fund-raising events. Since all of the workers are volunteers, few would know that a 1960s rock-and-roll poster could be worth $500, recognize an old Chinese export plate, or that some video games are too valuable to be sold in a group.

3) Pawn shops, especially in foreign countries. Some shops in Mexico, were filled with antique jewelry figurines and paperweights that were wanted by few collectors. Indian pawn jewelry, and long dangling Victorian gold earrings with small colored gems didn’t have a high price if they had posts to secure them in the ear. They sold them for the gold meltdown value, very little for the stones. Today, they are back in style and even in a pawn shop sell for high prices. Look around; there are probably other unexpected bargains like taxidermy heads or cone-top beer cans.

4) Consignment shops specializing in building materials and furniture for recyclers. Many also have furnishings for the family like dishes or kitchen gadgets or even large colorful glass or pottery vases. The “beige box look” of the modern fifties enthusiast that was out by the eighties is now almost back. So, look for low-priced unrecognized Fiesta dishes, cobalt blue bottles and early advertising. You might even find a bargain rug. And if you like dishes with dainty flowers and pastels, you can find a set of Haviland dinnerware for 12 for about $150, a lot less if a few cups are missing (use mismatched cups and plates for even less money).

5) Your grandmother’s attic. Offer to clean it if you can have things you find that you loved as a kid or that remind you of the family. Even old yearbooks can be worth a lot of money, but they have to have pictures of a modern celebrity as a student.

You may not realize how valuable this stuff can be.

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

With pretty much everything under the sun, it’s hard to zero in on Goodwill’s hidden gems. But with a little research and a keen eye, you might find a real diamond in the rough in these nonprofit thrift stores — just don’t forget to check the housewares section.

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Keep your eyes peeled for precious metal hiding in the flatware. Real silver will usually look tarnished (but you can polish it with water and baking soda!) and make a ringing sound if you tap it. Snapping up an entire set or finding brand names like Tiffany or Gorham can also add more value.

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Seeing green? Mint-colored dishware dates back to the ’30s, but the style erupted in popularity after World War II. Spot McKee, Jeannette, or Fire King logos on the bottom and you might be holding the real deal. A single butter dish could be worth upwards of a $100.

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Original or signed versions of beloved books can obviously get flipped if you connect with the right fans. Plug the title into AbeBooks.com to get a rough estimate of what your classic’s worth.

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Another thrift store favorite? This colored glassware by the Anchor Hocking Company, which can still fetch fair prices, especially in big sets or the coveted pink hue. Just do a little research on your phone before forking over a lot of cash. The going rates can vary widely based on the piece.

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

You might hate the painting itself, but don’t ignore an artwork’s frame. Ornate or antique-looking borders can out-value the piece inside and sell well online, according to MoneyPantry. Of course some quick research on the artist isn’t a bad idea either — it netted one woman over $27,000.

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Thanks to our ever-changing world map, outdated models with bygone countries auction off for surprisingly high prices. Recent online sales value even everyday finds at $25 and up — way more than any Goodwill price tag.

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

There’s something to be said for long-lasting kitchenware. Vintage Pyrex — especially in bright hues and unusual patterns — can go for a pretty penny on resale sites. The best part? Many collectors still use their durable pieces for baking and cooking.

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Of course Louis Vuitton reigns supreme when it comes to vintage trunks, but lesser-known brands still go for big bucks when they come in matched groups.

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Yes, they’re trendy on Pinterest, but once upon a time, people used these for food storage, not just holiday crafts. Do a quick Google search to check the brand (Ball is usually worth the most) and approximate age, but there’s nothing wrong with buying one just because it’s pretty!

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

In case you missed it, millennials aren’t exactly buying antiques. However, the market for Mission and Craftsman-style pieces from early 1900s still commands strong prices. The real jackpot? Anything by famous designer Gustav Stickley.

Home » Things to Do » Antiquing

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Do you long for the thrill of the search when it comes to seeking out that perfect antique item? Thanks to Long Island’s rich history, the area is quite the trove for classic treasures, including antique furniture, fine China and porcelain, and even vintage toys from all around the world. There are many places where you can find antique goods, ranging from yard sales and thrift stores to auctions and more specialized antique shops with appraisers on hand.

On Long Island’s North Fork, you can further search for hidden gems in barns and rummage shops – many of which are on Route 25 on the way to beaches, farmstands, wineries, and other popular summer destinations. Regardless of where you shop, it is important to be an educated shopper while antiquing, and to know what you are looking for, its approximate value, and how to tell if it is authentic.

The best way to learn more about antiques is to research items online and look for the going price of that special chair or clock. Also, be sure to search for identifiable markings and logos that prove the authenticity of your item, such as prints underneath glasses, bowls, and dishes, so that you know what to keep your eye out for while shopping. If you are unsure of the value of the item, you can also seek out a personal appraiser to tell you what something is worth. Many upscale antique shops have an experienced professional appraiser on hand, and it is common for them to give an initial appraisal for free.

When you head out for your antiquing adventures, be sure to use this guide for tips and tricks so that you can walk into an antique shop confidently and haggle prices appropriately:

Antiquing Lingo
Just like any special field, antiquing has a language all of its own. Though most words are specific to certain time periods or manufacturers, there are also words that relate to the age of the item, so be sure to brush up on your lingo!

  • Antique: An item of considerable age (typically 100 years or older) which makes it highly valuable.
  • Vintage: An item that is typically less than 100 years old.
  • Collectible: An item from a set that is from the same manufacturer or same time period.
  • Appraiser: The person who is typically an expert on antiques and can determine the value of an item.

Antiquing Tips

  • Look for markings from the maker or manufacturer to prove authenticity of your item.
  • Expect to haggle over a price, and be sure to do your research and review prices of items online.
  • Keep the extravagance under control and decide how much you want to spend before you leave home.
  • If searching for antiques to use on a daily basis, be sure to choose functional, solid pieces that ill withstand regular use.
  • Look carefully for needed repairs, such as scratches or tears. Checking for such defects can help haggle a price down.
  • Know your measurements, and have a tape measure on hand to measure items to make sure you can transport the item home and that it will fit perfectly in your home.
  • Be aware of the costs of fixing up a piece. Rewiring and upholstery can be expensive, and may not be worth the hassle.

Antique Shops on Long Island

Stam Gallery
287 Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050
516-883-1104

Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday, 12 PM – 5:30 PM
Formerly known as Giles Antiques, Stam Gallery is your place for buying or selling fine art and antiques. Owner Steven Stam is an experienced appraiser and specializes in period antiques (pre-1840s).

Taste and See
720 Route 25A
Rocky Point, NY 11778
631-775-7930

Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday, 9:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Taste and See is a Christian business and outreach that offers a thrift experience for the discerning shopper who doesn’t want to deal with musty smells or sifting through dirty items. The shop offers name brand furniture, mint condition china and crystal, oil paintings and signed prints, clothing, and much more.

Garden City Antiques and Fine Arts
730 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
516-873-8200

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 6 PM
This upscale antique and thrift store specializes in entire estate liquidations, and has experienced staff who have been in the business for over 30 years. Here, you can shop for fine jewelry, antique furniture, sterling silver, porcelain, and paintings for your home.

Oakdale Antiques Plaza
1236 Montauk Highway
Oakdale, NY 11769
631-567-3740

Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 3:30 PM
Sunday – 11 AM – 3 PM

Oakdale Antiques stocks a plethora of unique and quirky antiques, including a large selection of antique clocks and antique toys.

Syl-Lee Antiques
18 St. James Place
Glen Cove, NY 11542
516-671-6464

Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday, 8 AM – 7 PM
Named for the owners’ grandparents, Sylvia and Lee, Marion Zimmerman Rizzo and Adam Zimmerman buy and sell antiques, collectibles, fine art, jewelry, pottery, and more. Shoppers looking for high-end glassware can also find that at this shop with Tiffany and Waterford glass.

Additional Helpful Resources:

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

As part of the Newcomers Issue , City Pulse compiled several lists under the title “Where Can I Find…” These lists are meant as a brief guide for people unfamiliar with Lansing.

Antique shops:

The doily-fringed dividing line between antique shop, art gallery, thrift shop and glorified garage sale is frequently and flagrantly flouted in greater Lansing, but here are a few spots that will satisfy that particular urge to browse old objects that are clean, interesting, beautiful and all in one piece.

Mega Mall

15487 Old U.S. 27, Lansing

This mecca is a major commitment. Set aside a serious block of time if you don’t want to miss out on anything in this maze of 40,000 square feet and 300 booths. There are vintage goods of every period and style, from matchbox cars to glassware, jewelry, Coca-Cola collectibles, birdhouses, teapots, clothing and hats, books, musical instruments — ah, but it’s hopeless. In the winter, people get their walking in here. That’s how big it is.

Dicker and Deal

710 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing

Mon – Sat: 10am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

This family-operated business is a staple and has outlived several pawn and consignment shops for over 40 years. The shop has four locations, but the storefronts on Kalamazoo Street and South Cedar are arguably the most notable. For your electronics, fine jewelry, guns and war memorabilia, might I suggest the South Cedar location. If looking at firearms and literal stuffed animals hanging from walls isn’t your thing, the Kalamazoo spot has drop dead gorgeous antique furniture. The prices are reasonable enough that college students might even consider divvying up their paychecks.

Rosie + Matilda’s Vintage Marketplace

1219 Turner Road, Lansing

Open Wed.-Thur. 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

A classic, tastefully set up antique shop with an endlessly revolving variety of goods, from rustic to dainty — books, china, milk glass, old political campaign buttons, lamps, clothes, a few chairs and couches, and much more. A downstairs warren of rooms is designed not to tire you out with one disappointment after another, but to quietly delight and surprise you at every turn.

CoCo Blue

106 Cesar Chavez Ave., Lansing

Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

You never know what will pop up in this small Old Town shop, from jewelry to small art prints, candles and other odds and ends. Recently spotted: a weird yellow planter made by dipping an old towel in cement and draping it over a bucket. A modest art gallery is tucked into the shop for good measure.

April’s Antiques and Home Furnishings

700 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing

Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Lots and lots and lots of used furniture and home décor in a wide variety of periods and styles.

Maple Street Mall

108 W. Maple St., Mason

Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tiimeless Treasures

525 N Cedar St, Mason

Consignment/Thrift Stores:

Driving 70 miles to exploit the riches of urban sprawl is a game that only real thrifters are willing to place their bets in. Thankfully, the Greater Lansing area is full of die-hard antique foragers and reholpsters that sacrifice the miles so you don’t have to. A true blessing for those who have sworn off secular thrift stores, and a promising sign of local entrepreneurship. The following are five of the most popular, eclectic and diverse thrift and consignment stores in the area.

REO Town Marketplace

1027 S. Washington Ave., Lansing

Wed.-Thur. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Vendors come and go here, offering all kinds of items from vintage clothing to in-house brews. Among the current denizens are “Thrift Witch” Tiesha King. She favors Gothic trappings like skulls and pentagrams, but also displays less terrifying baubles, such as a set of cheapo, charming Italian Leaning Tower of Pisa glasses. Christine Fronczak of Community Finery, who favors vintage clothing and jewelry, piles her shop high with shoes, gewgaws and whatnots. Neighbors include Vintage Junkies with its hippy-dippy fashion and furniture and the always classy Onyx Thrift.

Metro Retro

304 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing

Sun-Mon: noon-6p.m., Tues.-Thurs.: noon-7p.m., Fri-Sat: noon-8p.m.

Get geared up for a rockabilly romance or cyber goth ball. This LGBTQ+ friendly boutique puts the fun in fashion while remaining inclusive of age, gender and size.

Michigan State University Surplus Store

468 Green Way, East Lansing

Mon.,Wed.,Thurs: 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tues. Fri.: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This place is stacked with brand names such as Adidas Rick Owens, Sam Edelman and Guess. The winter jackets selection comes highly recommended, as well as their computers and furniture. If you work 9 to 5 and can’t get in during its bizarre hours, the website is equipped with a comprehensive online catalog.

Thriftique

1137 S. Washington Ave.

Open 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Owner Atalie Buycks offers a mix of collectibles, vintage clothing, housewares and other picker fodder organized neatly by department.

Decades Vintage at Kellie’s Consignment

500 Marsh Road, Okemos

Mon-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 12 a.m.-5 p.m.

The small and mighty collection recently moved from Wooden Skate in Okemos to join the consignment headquarters. Julie Pointer is the head curator of this top-notch closet ranging from tasseled moto jackets from the ’80s to fur lapels of the ’20s. And this joint isn’t just for broads, well-dressed Jacks can pick up new threads as well.

Also check out:

Jean Jean Vintage

1136 S. Washington Ave., Lansing

Once Upon A Child

5827 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing

Aurora’s Closet Thrift

100 W. Grand River Ave., Williamston

How to make the most money with garage sales, auctions, consignment shops, and eBay

Todd Sigety, an antiques appraiser in Alexandria, Va., recently got a call from a woman who wanted him to look through the contents of a storage unit that belonged to her late aunt. “She didn’t think there was anything worth keeping but wanted to make sure before she threw stuff out,” he says. Sure enough, there wasn’t much of value—except for one painting. After a little research Sigety realized it was the work of a well-known South American artist; Christie’s will auction it this fall. The presale estimated value: $30,000 to $50,000.

Of course, you may not have a masterwork, or even a minor work, hiding in a storage unit. But your basement and attic may be bursting with possessions you no longer want, and you might be surprised by the amount you can pocket if you know the best ways to sell your stuff. “I find people can easily make $1,000 to $2,000 when they sell their unwanted stuff,” says Carolyn Schneider, author of “The Ultimate Consignment & Thrift Store Guide” (iUniverse, 2012). You’ll be helping both the environment—your things won’t end up in a landfill—and your bottom line.

You’ll make the most money by matching your goods with the best places to sell them, whether it’s an auction house, a consignment store, a website, or a yard sale. Just keep in mind that the IRS may want a cut of your profits. It taxes the proceeds from the sale of collectibles as capital gains, generally at a rate of 28 percent.

Under IRS regulations, collectibles include works of art, rugs, antiques, metals (such as gold, silver, and platinum bullion), gems, stamps, and coins. Your profit or loss is the difference between the basis, usually your purchase price, and the sale price. If you end up selling your goods at a yard sale, however, it will likely be for much less than you paid for them, so you probably won’t owe any tax.

When to get an appraisal

You might want to get a written opinion from a professional appraiser if you think something you’d like to sell might be worth a good deal of money—say, $1,000 or more. The results will tell how much a buyer might pay and what and how much insurance you should have to cover it.

But written appraisals can be expensive. Most professionals will charge $100 to $300 or more an hour to look over your goods, do some research, and write up a detailed valuation. If you’d like a ballpark figure, you can ask an appraiser whether he or she can look the item over and give you a rough idea of what it might be worth. Expect to pay for at least an hour of his or her time.

The American Society of Appraisers, the Appraisers Association of America, and the International Society of Appraisers can help you find local, qualified professionals through a ZIP-code search on their websites.

“We’ll be here to help scratch that thrift itch if ya have one.”

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

    Lisa Finn , Patch StaffHow to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

GREENPORT, NY — For those heartbroken to hear that Yard Thriftique had closed in Southold, there’s great news — owner John Dinizio has brought the shop to Greenport with a new name and almost three-times larger location.

The shop is now named YTQ, Inc. “The new shop is a bigger and better space,” Dinizio said, adding that the store is located in the Greenport on the corner of South and 1st Streets, right across from the IGA and the restaurant First and South.

“The closing of our previous location was due to reasons beyond our control,” Dinizio said. “Fortunately, having a little patience, thanks to my wife Gloria’s voice of reason, put us in a great location with amazing landlords and the perfect space to bring our dream to life.”

The vision for the shop, Dinizio said, is similar to the last with an added bonus of having the space to share with a few smaller vendors and craftspeople who have their own spaces and bring their own unique merchandise. For example, Dinizio said, one is a vendor that has new and gently used items, including toys, books and fishing equipment. Another, he said, makes unique jewelry, some from scratch and other pieces made by hand from recycled jewelry and other interesting hardware.

“She’s very talented and has an amazing eye for what she does. The best part is the very affordable price of her pieces. We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about it already,” Dinizio said.

Another vendor, Whiskey in a Teacup, features brand-new clothing and jewelry, Dinizio said.

“My wife bought the first piece of clothing from her before she finished setting up the rack and the store manager Tracy bought the second shortly after. I’d say that’s a fairly strong indication that the stuff is really nice and priced right,” Dinizio said.

He added that “last, but far from least,” the shop features a very talented sign maker, with all signs hand-painted on wood and custom signs created for any occasion, Dinizio said.

As for his own merchandise, Dinizio carries items ranging from brand-new through antiques.

“We have clothes for everyone, shoes, toys, collectibles, tools, anchors and much more,” he said. “Some things we have several of, others are only one, so if you like it, be sure to buy it because there’s no promise that it’ll be here tomorrow — or ever again. We have new items out every day; the store changes constantly.”

Dinizio said, having grown up in, and living in, Greenport, he’s very excited about the new location. “I’ve witnessed the evolution of Greenport firsthand. It was a very different Greenport when I graduated high school in 1991. I’m proud to be another small piece of that evolution. The building, according to my grandparents, was a bike shop where they bought their two-seater bicycle,” Dinizio said, adding that he remembers many rides on the backseat while his grandfather did all the pedaling.

After that, the building housed Triangle Sea Sales, with the owners now his landlords, he said.

“All in all, I could not have dreamed of a better location, layout, or people to lease from,” Dinizio said. “I’m super excited to see what the summer will bring.”

Dinizio has always loved collecting. Bottles, books, glass — anything that catches his eye and that he hasn’t come across before, inspires dreams and imagination.

“If I like something or find it interesting, I add it to my collection,” Dinizio said. “I love seeing and learning about what other people enjoy collecting and why they collect it. So this is a good outlet for that. A way to share in people’s love for collecting or finding things they like — including finding good quality for a good price.”

The shop is a must for those who love yard sales and thrift shops, filled with treasures such as bottles, clothing — including new or like new baby and kid clothes — furniture from antique to modern, baseball cards, old bottles, Barbies in their original, unopened boxes, shoes, nautical items, lights and lamps, and also old to newer, china, records, DVDs and other collectibles.

“If people are looking for something specific that we don’t have we are taking names and contact information so if and when I find it for them, I can let them know. The hunt is a huge part of the fun for me,” he said.

For Dinizio, the shop is a dream realized, a chance to share his thrill in collecting with others.
Reflecting one the best thing he’s ever found at a yard or tag sale, he said, “I’ve found so many cool things. I’d be lying if I named one thing as the best for me. One summer my wife and I picked up an outdoor play set for our son at a yard sale in Southold. So I think if you asked AJ what it was, he’d say that was it.”

Each perfect find, every dusty treasure unearthed, represents a deep tie to the faces and memories of yesterday carried forever in hearts, Dinizio said.

The “found” pieces that people cherish most, he said, “are a part of, or related to, a love or passion that’s no longer there for them. For me, I grew up fishing commercially with my dad. He passed away 18 years ago this October. In a way, things that were his or a part of what he did keeps him here with us. It’s a way to show my girls who he was and what he was. It’s comforting and helps to fill the empty space that was left when cancer took him from all of us.”

YTQ, Inc. is now open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“But I never rush to close the door at 6 p.m. and never rush people in or out at any time,” Dinizio said. “Once the weather warms up and town starts staying busier later in the days/evenings, we will be staying open later, as well. I grew up going to yard sales and thrift shops. I love going to them still. So knowing that I’d go to a thrift store at 8 p.m. if it was open, I’m pretty sure there are others out there with a similar mindset. We’ll be here to help scratch that thrift itch if ya have one.”

Dinizio said he wants to be clear on one issue: “I’ve been asked a few times since opening, and I absolutely do not feel like I’m competing with the Opportunity Shop, nor was that my goal in opening, either. If anything, I think both shops will only benefit from it. We both have some basic things in common but we also have many more things that the other does not. The way I see it, the only thing better than a thrift shop is two thrift shops to go to!”

253 Roosevelt Drive (RT.34) Derby, CT 06418 – 203-516-5728

Roosevelt Tower – Antiques, Salvage, & Thrift

Check out our weekly 50% off sales.

This Weeks Sale

Who are we you ask!?

Roosevelt Tower is a thrift store that started from an idea, a dream! A dream of helping to save the waste in our community with a hope to have our dream spread. We started with a small storage area that filled up quickly, so we had a tag sale. At this time our inventory started growing, so we had another tag sale and another still, at this point our inventory forced us to consider a new location. So we found a small store front on a main road in the Devon section of Milford, Ct.

It took about a year for us to out grow that 2,000 square foot store but we couldn’t move yet. The demand kept growing. People were thrifting more and our inventory grew more and more. Our storage area cold not sustain us, we needed a larger space. We searched for a facility that could house all our business.

We finally found it in mid 2012! A large plot of land that held an old factory that dates back to the late 1800’s. It was in dire need of rehab but it had the potential to be the spot we needed. So we got the property and started the much needed work. By July 2013 we were ready to open our new 9,000 Square foot thrift shop with a 35,000 square foot warehouse. Thank you for visiting, stop by and see our inventory.

Coins – Gold & Silver
Old US Paper Money
Smartphones
Motor Scooters, Motor Bikes, Motorcycles
Old Advertising Signage
Old Movie Posters, Signage or Memorabilia
Pre 1960’s Bicycles
Unusual Radios
​Record Albums(Rock)
Pre 1970’s Vending Machines, Slots, Pinball
Old Toys – Windup tin or Cast
Pre 1970’s Diner Collectibles or TV Merch
Early Boy Scout/Girl Scout Items
Taxidermy
Classic Motorcycle Memorabilia
Collegiate Collectibles / Yearbooks
Strange and Bizarre Wood Carvings
Civil War Antiques / Pre 70’s Military Items
Old Rodeo Items
Pre 1940’s Telephone
Musical Instruments
Large & Extra Large Unusual Items!

If you have anything on this list, We are interested in buying it from you at a fair market price.

Call us @ 203-516-5728
or
Contact us here .
​We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Looking for a particular item.

Ask US!! We may have the item in our warehouse or can find the item you are requesting.

Erin Huffstetler is a writer with experience writing about easy ways to save money at home.

  • Pin
  • Share
  • Email

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Dimitri Otis / Getty Images

If you’re looking to turn your used goods—from musical instruments to clothing and appliances—into cash, you have plenty of options for where you can earn top dollar, either online or at local stores and dealers. You just have to know where to look. Find out where to sell your unwanted stuff for the biggest return.

Books

” data-caption=”” data-expand=”300″ data-tracking-container=”true” />

Jorg Greuel / Getty Images

Check bookscouter.com to find out which online book buyer is paying the highest price, or list your books on half.com, which is a site that eBay now owns and operates. Or you can sell your books to used bookstores, though you’ll have to hoof it to the store, give the proprietor time to go through your collection, and probably lug about half of them back home or to the next bookstore. Still, it’s a fun way to spend a day if you enjoy visiting used bookstores.

Clothing

” data-caption=”” data-expand=”300″ data-tracking-container=”true” />

Image Source / Getty Images

Sort out your best clothes and sell them to a consignment store, at a consignment sale, or through eBay. Group the rest into lots, and post an ad on Craigslist or in your local classifieds. Sell anything you have left in a yard sale. Another option for selling clothes: List your vintage pieces on etsy.com.

Furniture, Antiques, and Collectibles

” data-caption=”” data-expand=”300″ data-tracking-container=”true” />

Hero Images / Getty Images

Sell pieces of exceptional quality on consignment or at auction (online or off). List good-quality pieces on Craigslist or in the newspaper classifieds. Sell everything else at a yard sale or estate sale, or try an antique dealer for antiques and collectibles.

Sports Equipment

” data-caption=”” data-expand=”300″ data-tracking-container=”true” />

Hero Images / Getty Images

Sell lightly used sports equipment to a used sports shop like Play It Again Sports, or post fliers where your child or you go for practice. Sell all remaining items to a pawnshop, through Craigslist, or through your local classifieds.

Electronics

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Sell newer electronic items on eBay, through Craigslist, or the classified section of your local newspaper. Sell old (but still useable) items through Craigslist, a classified ad, or a yard sale. Sell obsolete or broken electronics through eBay (when there’s a market for them), or look into recycling them through ​Best Buy or another retailer.

Video Games

How to find covetable antiques and collectibles in yard sales and thrift shops

Sell newer releases on Craigslist, through a classified, or on eBay. List everything else on Half.com or sell them through a site that buys used media. Secondspin.com is one to try. Another option: Sell your used games at GameStop.

Housewares

” data-caption=”” data-expand=”300″ data-tracking-container=”true” />

Peter Dazeley / Getty Images

Sell highly sought-after items on eBay, on consignment, through Craigslist, or a classified. Sell everything else at a yard sale.

Appliances

” data-caption=”” data-expand=”300″ data-tracking-container=”true” />

Dean Mitchell / Getty Images

List working appliances on Craigslist or in the newspaper. Sell broken appliances to a recycling center for scrap or list them on eBay. You might also consider donating your old appliances to a charity or local thrift store if you are unable to sell them.

Jewelry

” data-caption=”” data-expand=”300″ data-tracking-container=”true” />

wundervisuals / Getty Images

First, have your antiques and good quality pieces appraised. Then sell them at auction, through eBay, or to a dealer or jewelry store. Sell lesser pieces on consignment or through eBay. Sell junk jewelry to a jewelry store for the scrap value. Sell low-end costume jewelry at your next yard sale.

Musical Instruments

” data-caption=”” data-expand=”300″ data-tracking-container=”true” />

Find When and Where : Estate Sales, Tag Sales, Garage Sales, Moving Sales, Yard Sales, Auctions , Storage Auctions, Antique and Collectible Shows . Pleasantville, NY Moving Sale
Sat, 6/7
245 Bear Ridge Rd
Lots of ladies shoes, clothes.
Furniture, Warner Bros collectibles,Lower level & Garage full ..much, much more
Photos Here!

LongIslandTagSales .com maintains a list of Estate Sales,Tag Sales, Garage Sales, Moving Sales, Yard Sales, Storage Auctions, Auctions and Shows in New York (Nassau and Suffolk Counties), to aid you in buying and collecting.

Stores that sell antiques and collectibles will also be featured. Thrift Shops and Consignment Shops can also be found. Store owners and managers in the NY Metro area; don’t forget to advertise your Thrift Shop or Consignment Shop on LongIslandTagSales.com

Why pay to post your ad , post it here for free! Free , Long Island Estate Sale listings, List your Tag Sale for free!

Please use the “Contact Us” page and send us any comments, questions or suggestions.

Would you like to be notified via E-mail about upcoming sales? Click Here to join the e-mail list. Your e-mail will be used only by NYSales to send you the e-mail you requested. We will not share your e-mail with anyone and you can “opt out” any time.

Search Sales by Type:

Search Estate Sales, Tag Sales, Garage Sales , etc..by keywords:
There are occassional mispellings and abbreviations in ads, so check the listings anyway to be thorough.