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The Garage Sale Millionaire: Make Money with Hidden Finds from Garage Sales to Storage Unit Auctions and Everything in Between Hardcover – June 26, 2012
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Garage sales can be gold mines for those who know what they're looking for, and this book is your one-stop guide to turning someone else's trash into your treasure. Written by a pair of expert collectors with over sixty years of garage sale foraging experience between them, The Garage Sale Millionaire shows you exactly how to find and sell diamonds in the rough by mining thrift stores, storage unit auctions, online auctions and, of course, garage sales for the hidden gems that everyone else has overlooked.
Revealing the most highly guarded secrets of consistently successful and profitable treasure hunters, this informative and accessible book covers everything you need to understand to get startedand get richseeking coveted collectibles and reselling them for top dollar. Including essential, often surprising tips on what to buy and what to avoid, The Garage Sale Millionaire shows you how to auction your findings online or hold a great garage sale of your own.
Authors Aaron LaPedis and Jeffrey Kern show you how to haggle with sellers, sell on eBay, identify fakes, replicas and much, much more, so you can get to work making money right away. A handy glossary explains the terms that would-be sale scavengers are likely to encounter, and helpful "Million Dollar Tips" throughout highlight the most important lessons the authors have learned during their decades in the treasure-finding trenches.
From fine art and antiques to coins and comics, there's buried treasure everywhere . . . hidden in plain view! The trick is knowing what you're looking for. This book is here to help, taking the guesswork out of finding and selling collectibles to help you become the next garage sale millionaire.
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Praise for The Garage Sale Millionaire
"Get ready to get rich! Aaron LaPedis has blown the dust off all the secrets that shroud the mysterious, often intimidating world of collecting and created this absolutely indispensable guide to hunting down and profiting from old stuff. This book is absolutely the best, most comprehensive and most practical guide to collecting available. Whether buying high-end treasures at Sotheby's or bidding on abandoned storage units, armed with this essential collector's companion, you'll be an expert too!"
—Marni Jameson, nationally syndicated home design columnist and author of The House Always Wins and House of Havoc
"This book covers it all: the thrill of the hunt, the nitty-gritty of negotiation and the how-to's of making money buying and selling."
—Suzanne S. Brown, Lifestyle Editor, The Denver Post
"The Garage Sale Millionaire simplifies the process of buying low and selling used items higher to make a profit. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in applying their love of garage and estate sales, auctions and thrift store hunts to create a thriving business."
—Marcia Layton Turner, author of The Unofficial Guide to Starting a Small Business
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Is there anyone that doesn't already know these things? The author probably is indeed a nice guy (like the previous reviewer said), but there's very little in this book that's not just common sense (or freely available on the internet with a google search on "garage sale profit"). Furthermore, the last fifth of the book is a glossary of terms...I was still hungry for advice at that point, not a dictionary.
For a more useful guide on what to buy (and why), I would recommend the book "Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider's Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting" by Maureen Stanton. It's a more interesting read (particularly the first half), with more specific real-world examples and behind-the-scenes stories.
Good stuff for novices: 1 page list of things to buy and not to buy. Note: Anyone with any experience already knows 95% of this list and those without experience but with any common sense knows at least 50%. How to negotiate was ok, if you didn't know how to already use words and body language to get the best deal anyway that is.
So, if you are a beginner this book might do you some good. Those that are already serious about finding hidden gems have already easily discovered on their own with experience, research and hard work and should avoid this publication.
Also, the binding on mine wasn't to hot. Several pages came loose as I was reading this looking for anything useful. Not quality binding.
Final thought, I wouldn't buy this book again at a Garage Sale for a quarter, it would be overpriced.
Most of the book is about being an Art Collector/Sales, a Comic Book Icon, or a Coin Collector. The book seems to be a advertizement of his interests (and floundering in hard times along with an attempt to use the purchaser of the book). The last comment refers to him selling an additional booklet by way of an ad in the end of this book that is merely a copy of information you have already purchased; the booklet is merely the gathering of all the sidebars already in the book.
Sounds as if his business has been floundering to me and he wants everyone to know he is ready and willing to help everyone out (because he has such a pure heart no doubt). Somehow I feel violated....
For those that don't care for my comments; I am not USUALLY this harsh, but was asked to do and honest review and that is how I see it!