Looking for a great deal on furniture, sporting goods, or appliances? Better yet, want to strike it rich for a few bucks?
You never know what you’ll find in a morning of garage sale shopping in The Villages, Florida. Here are some of the most famous finds in garage sale history:
- ‘Lost’ Ansel Adams negatives. A California man purchased a dozen glass plates at a garage sale for $45 in 2010 that he claims were made by Ansel Adams. An art dealer placed their value at $200 million. Lots of controversy ensued. Are they legit? If so, it would be one of the greatest garage sale finds of all time.
- The Declaration of Independence. Not the original, mind you, but in 1989 a Philadelphia financial analyst bought an old painting for $4 bucks at a flea market because he liked the frame. Behind the painting he found one of 200 official copies commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820. It sold in 2007 for $477,000.
- Velvet Underground demo album. A record collector in 2004 bought a plain acetate disk for 75 cents. It was marked ‘Velvet Underground’ on the sleeve. Turns out it was a rejected demo the punk band created for its first album. After putting the record for auction on eBay, it was bid up past $155,000.
- Northern Song Dynasty Bowl. A family in New York bought the bowl at a garage sale for $3 bucks, later selling it at Sotheby’s for a cool $2.2 million.
- Andy Warhol Sketch (from age 10). Would you pay $5 for sketch made by Andy Warhol when he was 10 years old? That’s what a U.K. man apparently bought at a garage sale in Las Vegas in 2010. The sketch may be worth $2 million.
You should be so lucky!
So grab your coffee and head out early this weekend. Here are some of the latest listings from our Garage Sales in The Villages:
Here are the 10 most recent garage sale listings on Villages4sale: