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For Sale – 2005 Mike McGill – Powell Peralta

2005 Mike McGill re-issue and signed *signatures not by McGill, in 2 places. I don’t know the names *you can see the 2 signatures on the bottom of the deck in the pictures, Indy trucks, 97mm og bones wheels. bearings VERY good. *no chips or heavy scars to the deck.

$100 + $12.50 shipping. *Shipping with tracking number 3-4 business days

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The best place to pick items for resale may no longer be in the US, but it maybe closer than you think!

I have found the best flea market on earth! It is truly picker  heaven, you can pick all day make money all night, you can never run out of items to buy! In the USA is has become so popular to buy secondhand for resale that shows like Storage Wars and American Pickers has really driven up the cost on second hand goods market. eBay has supported this in a way, allowing people to touch anything from almost region! In Mexico I have hit the motherload in terms of untapped picking territory here in Tijuana Mexico.  I have the pics to prove it! 1-2 redline Hot Wheels, you can live for 6 months down here. 🙂  Don’t waste your time in Las Americas Premium Outlets. The real deals are still in Tijuana.  

IMG_0234   IMG_0236   IMG_0240 Also you can bring stuff to sell in Tijuana but this info will have it’s own post! So what have I found in Tijuana Mexico? Toys like hotwheels and Star Wars, collectibles, high-end makeup like MAC cosmetics, in Mexico you can find almost anything, you name it’s here! WP_20130913_001 flea markets / swapmeets / garage sales and fun places to pick near and around the US / Mexico boarder like: Zona Norte, Solar, Playas, Rosarito, Ensenada and in and around the boarder area. I am offering 7 day picking guided tour around Tijuana for $1000.00 This cost covers

  • a safe place to stay while in Mexico
  • transportation/gas
  • 7 full days of picking
  • boarder crossing help

Best places to pick in New Mexico [Scott’s Top Picking Spots]

Scott shares his best flea markets and swap meets to pick junk for resale.

Directions to get there: off the 40 just east of Albuquerque about 10 miles. Exit Hy 14 go north about 7 miles to the city of Cedar Crest next to the Triangle Grocery Store. Address 3 East Mountain Trail. Ceder Crest, New Mexico.

To rent a space the cost is $15.00
Call for info: (505) 246-2283

4000 foot warehouse full of furniture for sale!

This Lady is selling a warehouse full of furniture for 25k this is the video tour.

video details:
Selling a lot of furniture, this is over-flow from our showroom in the Las Vegas design center. *see video – This is about one 46 foot semi-truck load. can be seen in Las Vegas. This lot is valued @ $64,000 wholesale Contact the showroom for question or info asking 25k or best offer. phone number 702-683-5724 can be seen in Las Vegas

An excerpt from the kindle book Winning Storage Auction Strategies, by Dirk and Susan McFergus:

An excerpt from the kindle book Winning Storage Auction Strategies, by Dirk and Susan McFergus:

The Phantom Bidder
I was attending every auction that summer and without fail, Pig was there outbidding me on every unit.  I noticed that he only seemed interested in the units I was bidding on.  I had passed on hundreds of units and when I found one I wanted, Pig was determined to outbid me at any cost and it frustrated me to no end.  After a couple weeks of this situation, I came up with an idea.  It was possible, I thought that it didn’t have anything to do with me but there was only one way to find out.  I had to make him think I wasn’t bidding.  My solution was fairly simple.  I invited a friend to attend the auctions to bid for me.  The catch was we couldn’t speak at the auctions and for all intents and purposes had to appear as if we were complete strangers.  My friend was willing and the next auction we arrived in different cars and didn’t even make eye contact while at the auction.  I had given him $3000 in cash to bid with and when I found a unit I wanted, I texted him my highest bid.  To my surprise, Pig acted completely indifferent to the unit and I got it well under what I had been paying in previous weeks.  My phantom bidder put the lock on the unit, paid the bill and handed me the key.  Sometimes in the storage auction business, you have to overcome certain obstacles and the Phantom Bidder is just one way to keep an appearance of being uninterested.

How to become a collectibles dealer

Dirk, loved the book! I bought a couple of storage auctions like you suggested and found some rare toys and other collectibles. My ebay account is on fire – thanks! I would like to focus my attention on selling collectibles. Where do I find more??

Kelly,

Hi Kelly: Bonus points for reading my book. That’s the first step in taking charge of your personal economy. I am a big fan of collectibles too. Here’s what I’ve discovered – collectors are a unique group of people. They have a passion or obsession to collect whatever they collect. Some will collect anything collectible – others are very specific. They also tend to spend on their collections regardless of the economy. That’s why your ebay account is doing so well – collectors know that they can get their fix on ebay. Here are some suggestions to focus your buying on collectibles.

1. Know your market – research is key. We have several books and guides regarding collectibles. I suggest you get yourself a copy of Miller’s Guide to Collectibles:

Spend your free time familiarizing your self with the different types of collectibles and the prices suggested in the book. The pricing is just a guide – it’s not the true price – the true price is what someone is willing to pay for the item. But you can suggest the price and if you reference the book in an ad, at least you have a suggested price. The Miller’s Guide is broad and will help you to “train your eye” to spot collectibles in any buying situation. For instance, I was in a buying situation where I had the opportunity to pick up several “vintage” die cast cars at a great price. I had memorized the book and the particular brand, Brooklin models, were not discussed in the book – but I could tell from the quality and feel of the items that they were special. We put them on eBay and found that Brooklin models are very rare and command a high price at auction for even broken models. I wouldn’t have bought them if I weren’t aware of the market for vintage die cast model cars.

2. Armed with some knowledge – start searching for collectibles everywhere. Search craigslist, go to garage sales, estate sales, auctions, flea markets, swap meets, and thrift stores. You’re going to sort through lots of crap to find the hidden gems – you’re looking for the seller that doesn’t know what they have or the seller that is desperate for cash.

3. Have fun and don’t set your expectations too high. It can take awhile to find your treasure. I am determined to find them so I eventually do but I look through a lot of stuff that doesn’t qualify. This is a numbers game. But when you do find something promising, you’ve got to pull the trigger. You can’t be a seller without buying so you always have to be ready to take a chance. Armed with superior knowledge, persistence and patience, you can be a successful dealer of collectibles. You always have to be perfecting your knowledge of buying and selling. It sounds like you’re off to a good start – keep up the good work and let me know if I can help you in any way.
Sincerely,
Dirk McFergus

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How Can I Tell if Jewelry is Real or Fake?

Question from Dean in Chicago:

Dirk, I took your advice and bought a storage unit. There was a really nice box of jewelry. It looks to have some gold, silver and diamonds. I don’t know how to tell if any of it is real. Help!

Answer:

Dean, congrats on scoring some jewelry – it’s great to open a little treasure chest isn’t it. Ok, second hand jewelry is almost it’s own specialty. There are many people that just trade jewelry, making a great living. I’m going to give you some tips to get the best price you can for it. First, you need a magnifying glass or loupe. You need to inspect each piece for markings. You’re looking for the amount of karat for gold or the marking sterling or 925 for silver. The higher the karat, the more pure the gold. With silver, the marking “sterling” or 925 indicates that it is .925 percent pure silver. Then you need to do some internet research on what the going price for gold and silver is, it fluctuates on a moment to moment basis. This is just so you know what you have. If it’s not marked, take a strong magnet and run it just over the piece, if it has no magnetic pull whatsoever, it’s a precious metal. If there’s some magnetic pull, it’s plated. Plated jewelry is worth much less – it’s about the artistry of the piece at that point. There are acid tests that you can buy to determine the purity of the metal but you shouldn’t need to go that far – you just want to get top dollar for it so I’ll give you some ideas how to go about that.

Take a piece that you think has some value to a pawn shop or jeweler that “buys” jewelry. In a matter of 30 seconds or less, they’ll tell you if it is real or not. They may even give you an offer but you’re not going to take their offer. They will offer you a third or less of what they think they can sell it for. You’re not a sucker so you don’t accept their offer, but now you know you have something of value. If they offer you $50 for the piece, take four photographs of the item and list the item for sale on craigslist at 4 times the pawn shop offer. If you get a call within 30 minutes from your ad, you under-priced it. Tell them you already sold it and put it away for a couple weeks and re-list it at a higher price or go pay for an appraisal of the piece. If you get a call later in the day of your ad or the next day, you probably are close to the best price you can get. If you get no calls, re-list it a week later less $50 or whatever and try again. If you don’t like selling on craigslist, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t, list the item on ebay at the pawn shop’s offer and let the auction do it’s thing.

If you have gold and silver that doesn’t have precious stones, consider trying cash4gold.com. We sent off a package of body piercings and got a check for $900 in the mail a couple weeks later. This method is not top dollar, it’s scrap value and you’re taking a chance on being swindled but it worked for us.
If you think you have real diamonds or really like selling second hand jewelry, there’s an easy way to tell if the stone is real or not. All you need is the electronic diamond detector which works surprisingly well and is less than $100. It’s a great tool in your arsenal.

I hope this helps and thanks for the question.
Sincerely,
Dirk

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How do I start buying storage units with no money?

Question from Benjamin in Atlanta:

Dirk, I found you from your friend That picked up your book. I like the idea of buying a storage unit auction and I’ve seen that there are several around Atlanta. I lost my job, my house is being foreclosed and I can’t rub two nickels together right now. How can I get started in the storage auction business?
Thanks in advance,
Benjamin T., Atlanta

Answer:

Benjamin, Jared’s a good kid and I’m glad you found his website. Maybe you should ask him how to make some money because he’s making it hand over fist with his internet project. But since you asked me, I’ll give you a straight answer. I don’t know how many times somebody has whined to me that they don’t have any money to buy a storage auction. Holy crap balls dude, how about selling your stuff? Have you had a garage sale lately? In my book, I recommend that someone starting this sell their personal possessions, a) to raise the CASH to buy at auction and b) to begin learning the value of second hand possessions. How do you think you’re going to know what to buy at auction if you don’t know what someone is willing to pay you for the stuff? I’m not trying to be hard on you but you’ve got to use some common sense. You can get paid to be in a medical experiment, you can sell your plasma, you can get cash for donating your sperm. Try cashing in all the coins you find laying around. Drive around your neighborhood on trash day and look for things people are throwing away that you can sell. Put an ad on craigslist that you’ll haul away people’s junk. There’s ten million ways you can make a few hundred dollars in cash that you can parlay into a storage auction. Oh, you will find more ideas in my book From Garage Sale to Financial Freedom in Five Steps and you can pick up some tips on auctions from an article I recently wrote. Thanks for your question. I hope this helped.
Much success,
Dirk

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How Can I Improve Sales During the Recession?

Question from Jenn in Las Vegas:

Hi Scott, how’s Mexico? I don’t know if you remember me, I met you about a year ago at the Safeguard storage unit auction in Las Vegas. You gave me some great tips about selling on eBay. We recently had a garage sale and our sales weren’t nearly as good as they have been in the past. In fact, our sales from craigslist and ebay seem to be suffering. Do you have any ideas on how we can improve our sales?

Thanks,
Jenn

Answer:

Hi Jenn, Mexico is great, thanks. Of course I remember you, you bought that $50 mystery unit and I always wondered what you found in that container. It must have been good because I’m assuming from your question that you’re still buying storage auctions in Las Vegas. I called some friends in Las Vegas last night to get a sense of what their sales are like. They all expressed that their sales are more challenging than three months ago. I was also told that there has been some great merchandise recently purchased from storage unit auctions in Las Vegas. It’s still a brisk buying market with tons of opportunities. Here’s my thoughts on improving your sales.

First, set your buying sights higher and go for more quality merchandise. I’m not telling you to forget about the $50 mystery units. You can still pick those up and find some treasures but concentrate your buying on the higher end units. People are still buying but they want more of a bargain because the average consumer is in fear. They still have the urge to buy, they’re just unsure of whether they can afford it. You have to make the price attractive on quality items, list them in multiple venues and be patient. Second, resist the temptation to get every penny out of your junk. If your last garage sale was anything like what mine were like, you had a mixture of quality items and lots of junk. For your next sale, I’d reduce the amount of junk and increase the amount of quality items. When you’re sorting your storage auction purchases, be ruthless and get rid of junk immediately. Make donations, put free ads on craigslist, take junk to the dump. When you’re offering great deals on really good stuff, you’ll get the flock of customers back. You will all appreciate having less junk around. Third, don’t be afraid to buy big units. I often avoided units with lots of furniture because of the work involved and my limitation of storage space. The big units will often have a lot of mid level consumer goods like electronics, appliances, china and the like. You can take the furniture straight to an auction house or consignment store to eliminate the storage problem. Or sell the furniture you’re using right now and upgrade with the stuff you just bought. Finally, eBay is still the best venue for your collectible items. Collectors seem to be less affected by the recession. If they need a ’56 Corvette to complete their die cast car collection, they’re going to find the money from somewhere when you list it on eBay – happy days when you have two or more collectors craving the same item. Do your best to adapt and improvise in your selling and you’ll weather through the storm.
Much success,
Scott Asher

How to Start Selling at Broadacres Swap Meet

Question:

Hi Scott, I’ve been buying at Las Vegas storage unit auctions for awhile now.  I’m selling on eBay, craigslist and kind of tapped out garage sales in my neighborhood.  I’d like to start selling at Broadacres Swap Meet but don’t know how to get started.  Got any tips?

Kevin, Las Vegas

Answer:

Thanks for the question Kevin.  Selling at Broadacres Swap Meet is fairly simple.  Actually making money week after week is a different story.  Here’s how I’d go about it if I were you.

1.  Research

Take a couple field trips to Broadacres Swap Meet before you start selling.  Notice the demographic.  From your field trip, you’d assume that the majority of your customers will be Mexicans.  What you won’t see from your field trips is that the majority of your customers will likely be vendors.  See the vendors out there tend to specialize in certain types of product, ie. cell phones, clothing, toys, tools, etc.  As a storage auction buyer, you’ll have all kinds of stuff that you can sell in bulk to vendors.  But to maxamize your sales, you need to have merchandise that will appeal to the masses as well.  So go walk through the place and notice what seems to be selling, where people congregate and money changes hands.  Also familiarize yourself with the different sections of the place and where the office is.

2.  On a Friday morning, load your truck full of stuff to sell at Broadacres and get in line behind the line of trucks waiting to pull into the annex – it’s located on the first entrance off of N. Las Vegas Blvd.  Have $30 in cash to pay for your spot and you get to pick an open spot in the parking lot inside.  Set your stuff out and see what happens.  You can set it out on a tarp on the ground or bring a couple of folding tables whatever you have.  It doesn’t really matter – you’re hoping to meet the early buyers.  These are the folks that come to the swap meet early to see if you have what they’re looking for.  They are intense collectors, re-sellers in different venues, ebayers, store owners or other vendors at the swap meet.  For instance, I always bring a box of cords with me to Broadacres and there’s a guy who will give me $20 for the box.  He displays them at his cord booth and profits by selling them individually.  There’s plenty of tool vendors who will buy everything you have as well.

3.  Go to the office by noon and reserve the space you’re sitting in for the next two days.  Keep doing what you’re doing with your stuff.  You’re learning what might sell and for how much.

4.  On Sunday, have somebody watch your space while you walk around and look at the other areas of the meet and see if you’d rather have a different space for next week.  I personally prefer selling in the back by the McDonalds but this is just a personal preference.   Go to the office and see what’s available to reserve for the next week and buy the space you prefer – about $70 to reserve for the next week.

5.  Repeat this process and refine what you’re selling until you can consistently sell $1500 to $2000 a week.  We did this by finding merchandise we could sell cheaply that was appealing to many customers.  We found that dragging our junk from storage auctions out every week resulted in $300 to $600 per week in sales and was very depressing to handle.

6.  If you really like selling at Broadacres Swap Meet, you can permanently rent a space with a shed.  You’ll have to get a business license, a sales tax id, and keep some records but you can become a permanent vendor if that is your thing.  Personally, I don’t like accounting that much but hey, it’s a free country.

Kevin, best of luck and thanks for the question.  I hope this helps.

Scott Asher