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I was inspired by comments in another post. A member was sharing a story where they had a lucky non-GPA find at an estate sale, that turned out to be quite valuable. I’m sure some of you have had similar experiences as you are out hunting GPA. What’s your best/favorite Non-GPA pick. Maybe you flipped it, or maybe you didn’t. What did you pay and what price did it realize? Or what do you value it at if you chose to keep it? Maybe you traded it? Doesn’t necessarily have to be the most valuable item, though it certainly can be. Just has to be your favorite one. I’m not really thinking Cars, boats or houses, but do what you want. Pictures are nice, but not necessary.

Here’s mine. Reversed painted glass back bar sign from just after prohibition lifted. I bought it on the bay for $115 and sold it to the owner of a high end bourbon store in Kentucky for $900. I really hated to let this one go, but this hobby can get expensive and I like to pay as I go.
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My wife. Priceless, and not for sale.
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Majicwrench wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 1:54 am My wife. Priceless, and not for sale.
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Keith,

You have chosen wisely!
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Nice Pick!
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Majicwrench wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 1:54 am My wife. Priceless, and not for sale.
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Kieth found his wife out looking for GPA?... Sounds like a good story 😁
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Absolutely stunning vintage color slides from Sister of original owner (Elaine). I have another 2000 to look through, but these are some of the best based on titles.
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And, as in GPA'S, I asked as all they were selling was the projectors.
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This J.W. Fecker 14X target scope has been one of the most enjoyable finds I've ever made. I learned of it through a friend in the NC mountains. He said the price was $200, but he had to tell me something about the scope before I bought it.

He made me wait until I got there (from the NC Coast) to tell me it had a rifle attached to it. Custom Mauser action in .220 Wotkyn-Wilson Arrow. Came with leather case and dies.

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It's priceless to me.
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For making money, I would say the outfitters tent that I bought for $15 and sold for $800. Hard to say beyond that. There have been many.
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Tgarner01 wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 2:12 am Kieth found his wife out looking for GPA?... Sounds like a good story 😁
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No wife story here, met her though my sister - (she worked for my sister)

I've had several scores that were very profitable, but Not on GPA hunts, GPA's were mostly a side line - Primary was and still is Tools, but I have a broad interest spectrum, so no telling what will come home...:

$5 for a Packard Dual Quad CI manifold -Sold for $800
$10 for a Heathkit SB-1000 linear, - Sold for $600
$50 for a Fisher equipped Console (Tubes): rec/tuner, R2R, TT and University Medallion XII Speakers - Sold for $1175 all told.


The best keeper for me personally is probably the 2 sets of SO Metric combo wrenches (in a LITTLE metal box each wrapped in paper towels?) for $5. Worth about $1000 retail at the time.

A close second was the SO gear puller set for I think $20; also worth about a thousand retail at the time.
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Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 3:57 am
Tgarner01 wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 2:12 am Kieth found his wife out looking for GPA?... Sounds like a good story 😁
Hey! That’s MY dream!
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So many deals over the years, but one of the big standouts is my old Hyster forklift. Swapped a couple old trucks for it about 14 years ago. Never let me down.
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outlawmws wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 4:08 am
Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 3:57 am
Tgarner01 wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 2:12 am Kieth found his wife out looking for GPA?... Sounds like a good story 😁
Hey! That’s MY dream!
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Went to a local antique shop looking for GPA’s but I did leave with a nice Generac GP5500 generator for 80$.
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I cleaned the carb and fuel lines. Flushed out the tank. Checked the plug for gap and spark. Replaced the fuel filter and now we have a nice generator for 10$ in parts.
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Hmmm, hard to pick just one but here are some of my better finds in no particular order….

Hobart deli slicer that needed a new cord, 70 bucks(-husband points)

Early Dyson ball vacuum, 25 bucks (+husband pts)

Nib Pasta roller set for a Kitchenaid stand mixer, 15 bucks (+hp)

Dallas cowboys game used 1994 super bowl helmet autographed by the entire team, 175. Christmas present to my bil.

Team picture plaque of 1972 Miami Dolphins, 20 bucks (+ major hpts on this one)

Complete set of my wife’s everyday pattern, 60 bucks, retail would have been in the 1000 dollar range (this one balanced out my ‘husband points’ deficit)

Dillon 550b w extras, 150

Shimano stradic 2000, 10 bucks
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Looks like y’all had some great finds. everybody likes a good deal!
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Other than a human being I've got several. I was a BIG eBay seller for a long time. Did tons of estate auctions. I could share countless deals but here's my two best over the years.

My favorite one was an arrow head that had a bow and arrow emblem looking thing attached to it. ( Yes I know about the laws ) . I paid around 100 for it at an auction. Had no idea what it was, but I liked it. Turned out the be the first place archery award at the 1893 world fair in Chicago. It was presented by President Grover Cleveland. I sold it to the Jamestown museum. I offered to loan it, the made me an offer to buy it. I almost shocked on my lunch when I read that email. I agreed to keep the transaction details private but I can tell you I did extremely well on the deal.

My most profitable was a panel of stained glass. It had several pieces and was very ornate and intricate. It was also precise meaning every piece had less than .002 variance in size. I was pretty interested in it. Paid next to nothing for it. Turned out to be a panel section of a Tiffany lamp shade. I sold it to a guy who specializes in Tiffany out in california for $5,000.
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Oh heck I missed a fairly recent keeper - a civil war era cavalry saber (German/Solingen import - apparently common) $20
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outlawmws wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 2:25 pm Oh heck I missed a fairly recent keeper - a civil war era cavalry saber (German/Solingen import - apparently common) $20
Common or not, that would be cool to have. Especially for $20
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Yep! I was pleased! and I meant it was common to import them from Solingen back in the day; I don't think any are "common" today.

I once worked with a guy that dug one out of sand in a desert. it was in great shape for being buried for about 100 years, you would never have guessed.
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My Barrett m82 rifle paid $500 in 1993 brand new worth way more now.
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Shawn, was that a wife mad at hubby type of sale? Even in'93 you got it for 10 cents to the dollar.
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As found. ~1898 inverted Webster engine (hit miss hot tube engine) that I picked up for $50 that I still have because i will never find another. It’s in the process of being mechanically restored
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Don't I know it back in 93 they went for about 4,000 to $4,500 bought at a gun store.
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brian_h wrote: Mon May 03, 2021 2:08 am D1BF7549-A05F-4701-A365-5E3BCC93386C.jpeg

As found. ~1898 inverted Webster engine (hit miss hot tube engine) that I picked up for $50 that I still have because i will never find another. It’s in the process of being mechanically restored
That is sick! What’s it gonna power?
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