If you live in LA, hitting a garage sale means running into celebrities. Writer Rachelle Romberg talks about what celebrities she’s met – and how she has sold their junk for much, much higher prices. Rachelle is auditioning for a staff writer position on BargainBabe.com! Missed the audition announcement? Here it is. Each day this week we are running one audition post.
Did this post help you save money? While I will make the final decision on who to hire, your input is extremely valuable. Here is Rachelle’s post:
- A few years ago, I found a Remington Steele baseball cap at a sale for a dollar and sold it on eBay for $160. I made a hefty profit for almost no work, and some fan got a great collector’s item.
- Last year, a family put their yard sale leftovers on the curb with a “Free” sign. One of the discarded items was a sharp-looking stroller. I whipped out my smart phone, checked that it hadn’t been recalled (http://wemakeitsafer.com/
Strollers-Recalls) and sold it a week later for $99 at the L.A. Kids Consignment Sale (http://www.lakidsconsignment. com/).
- I shopped a children’s boutique sample sale, clothing ranging from $10-$15. A few weeks later, I went to a White Elephant Sale at the same location and all the leftover boutique items were apparently donated and now selling for $1 apiece! I filled two huge green garbage bags full of clothes! Many items I kept for my two kids, some I gave as baby and birthday gifts (they were all NWT!) and the rest I sold at the kids’ consignment sale mentioned above. The money I spent went to a great charity and I was able to score a win for myself as well!
- My husband, a rare book seller, has also found some terrific deals at estate sales. He has been known to buy pamphlets, books and ephemera for as little as twenty five cents and turn around and sell them on eBay or Bookfinder for sometimes over a hundred dollars apiece!
About the writer
Rachelle lives in LA and is an expert on bargain hunting, kids’ consignment shops and consignment sales, and mystery shopping.