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Rummage Sale Madness

You know I had to be a little jealous when I heard about the guy who bought a bunch of Ansel Adams negatives at a yard sale for $45 and now finds out they're worth $200 million. I've been going to yard/rummage/garage/thrift sales for years..and my problem is that I buy stuff thinking that it's worth money and then I do one of two things: 1)put it on a shelf to gather dust; or 2)put it in a box on a shelf in the basement and never look at it again. Quite often I buy something just because I think it's a good deal and have seen similar items at antique stores for much higher prices. Sometimes these are not even things I necessarily like. Here's a list of just some of the items...I think I still have all of these somewhere..but I'm too lazy to go through the boxes. 1. Adam-12 thermos. I don't have the matching lunchbox, but if I ever find it, then I will put them both in a box somewhere and boy will they be worth a lot of money if and when I would ever sell it. 2. Dawn dolls with carrying case. Dawn dolls came out in the early 70's and were smaller, skinnier Barbie type dolls. I spent $4 for a couple of dolls, clothes, and the case. Steal of a deal. Would you like to buy them? 3. Patty Duke Board Game. I am actually too young to remember this TV show, but can sing you the theme song. I do have this game on display in my living room, and yes, it' s dusty. 4. Box of straws. This was actually from an estate sale. A vintage box of paper flexy straws, with a clown on the box. This is on display on a high cupboard in my kitchen. It's got to be worth more than the 75 cents I paid. 5. Charlie the Tuna Doll. Probably the showpiece of my collection. It's a talking Charlie the Tuna from 1968, in the original packaging. Problem is, it doesn't talk.  I paid 50 cents for it, and  actually had it appraised by Gary Sohmers from Antiques Roadshow at $85. It's in a box in the closet of my spare bedroom. I can find it quickly if you'd like to make me an offer.

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