First Big Garage Sale Find of 2019!

After a rough week at work, I kicked back on Friday night and enjoyed some Final Fantasy XIV with a friend. I just knocked out some roulettes for the Mog Tomestones and logged off to play some Star Wars: The Old Republic. My goal is to finish off the original class story for my first character before FFXIV launches Shadowbringers. As I was logging in, I took a look at Craigslist to check on garage sales for the weekend and lo and behold there was one listed!

I spotted NBA Street Vol 2 and Dance Dance Revolution Mario Remix with $1 stickers and thought it was worth checking out, so I logged off and hit the sack since I had to get up early to get to that garage sale.

I woke up at 4AM. That was way too early, so I decided to get a little more sleep. But as I was laying there, I started thinking I’d need to grab a shower and swing by an ATM before actually heading to the sale. I wanted to get there about half an hour early so I’d get first look as soon as they opened.

After the shower, I hit the ATM and found…. it was having technical issues. So I had to go to a different one to grab some cash. Finally on the way to the garage sale, Maps was estimating I’d get there early. Too early. An hour and a half early. Wow, did I misjudge timing!

I drove slow to get there later, but it didn’t seem to help at all. I was still tremendously close and due to arrive an hour and a half before it was scheduled to start. I decided I’d just get there and see what was in the area, maybe get breakfast. As I got closer, I realized there was a park across the street from the house so I could just take a walk and get some exercise before the garage sale.

As I pulled up, though, there were tables set up and people around them. ‘Are you kidding me?! An hour and a half early and people are already looking?!’ I thought. Turned out they were just setting up. I got out and they greeted me cheerfully. I apologized for being so early and explained how I misjudged time, but they didn’t mind at all and let me start looking around.

First thing I found were empty video game boxes!

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I was most excited about the Nights Into Dreams and StarFire Lightgun boxes, but StarFox 64 and Perfect Dark were cool to find as well.

Next up were some items that were complete in the box, even unopened!

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I’ve had some of the Cleaning Kits before, but these were in the original box, which I thought was really neat. The real treat here was the Dreamcast memory cards. I don’t know how many I need for the full library of Dreamcast I’ve put together, but I’m always up for more memory cards and brand new ones in the box were simply amazing to find!

Finally we got to the tub that had actual games in it. There weren’t quite as many as I first thought from the photos, but NBA Street Vol 2 and DDR Mario Remix were worth it alone. The rest at $1 each were just icing on the cake!

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Terraria is likely useless since it was just a cardboard “disc” with a download code, and being used it was surely already redeemed, but I felt bad leaving sports titles and things that wouldn’t move, so I went ahead and picked it up as well.

At this point, I was pretty happy with the haul, but decided to look around at the rest. There were a LOT of Star Wars vehicles for great deals, but I’m not knowledgeable enough about them anymore. A lot of Power of the Force figures in the box as well. The only final thing that intrigued me were a pair of board games.

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I’ll have to do some research to determine if they have everything with them, but for a few bucks each, they seemed like a neat pick up to add to the pile.

Overall a great first garage sale hit of 2019. I had gone out looking once earlier this year, but with rain coming in, I didn’t find anything at the garage sales and actually wound up finding some games at a Half Price Books and a retro game store in the area on the way home instead. This garage sale run was much more fruitful!

  1. Awesome! I have yet to have this kind of yard sale luck myself, but I love hearing about other people’s garage/yard sale adventures. You got some great stuff there!

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