10 Things You Never, Ever Pass Up at Garage Sales

You could walk with some gold.

If you're a fan of Storage Wars or Antiques Roadshow, you already know that . Vendors often underestimate their wares, or slash prices just to get rid of excess stuff. Approach with an appraiser's eye, and you could walk away with some metaphorical (or actual) gold.

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Costume Jewelry

"There is real money in fake ," says professional antique appraiser . You could go treasure hunting for big names like , but even casual browsers should check for quality craftsmanship. Think sturdy settings with prongs, not glue. 

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Sports Memorabilia

Focusing a  can help resellers become profitable, Aaron LaPedis, "The Garage Sale Millionaire." Collectors will cough up big bucks for everything from  to to from defunct teams. Always cross-reference prices online to make sure you're getting a deal. 

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Antique Ornaments

First off, . But there's also big bucks to be made in . and can fetch upwards of a thousand bucks, Antiques Roadshow appraiser Eric Silver told .

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Speakers

These days, get outdated fast. While there is a market for some collectibles (like ), stick to tried-and-true devices if you're hoping to actually use your find.  advises snapping up any good-quality, functioning you can plug into, since the analog tech has stayed pretty much the same.

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Retro Appliances

Unless you genuinely love antiques, . Online buyers currently dig stuff from the '50s, '60s and '70s, Sotheby's vet  told One specific moneymaker? Professional eBay seller always scouts for , but anything from to can get decent prices — as long as they're in working order, that is. 

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Vintage Mugs

If the sale's got a $1 table, start scouring it for . Devoted fans will pay more for licensed characters and brands — like or  – if you relist them on an auction site. The older, the better, advises veteran . 

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Cast Iron

made before the '50s have a much smoother finish than their modern counterparts, according to . Extra polishing absent from later production makes the surface more non-stick than a brand-new version. Even if it's not that old (yet), and pro chefs swear by the stuff. 

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Antique Fishing Gear

can resell for anything from $5 to $100,000, reports. can also bring in good money if you know what you're looking at, so don't hesitate to take out your phone to do a little research. 

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Hand Tools

Don't turn your nose up at some . You can either strip it and add protective wax, or buy warrantied Mac, SK or Craftsman and trade them into the company for new ones at no extra charge, according to .

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Heavy Items

Looking for ? Many sellers don't like the prospect of lugging back into the house at the end of the day and will give you great prices — especially since it's difficult to sell these items online. Hit up the sale later in the afternoon for even better deals, although the selection might be limited. 

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