It's that time of year again...Idaho's Largest Garage Sale is this Saturday 5/17 from 7am to 6pm ant Expo Idaho.  Cost is $3.

Of course you can make money selling all your junk, but what about those of us who are buying?  Thanks to, here are a few items to look for and a couple tips on how to make money buying garage sale items.  Click on the button bar below to see all the tips for making money at Idaho's Largest Garage Sale, because remember, one man's junk is another man's treasure.

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With many books selling for $1 or less, yard sales are the perfect place to stock up if you like to read. Of course, books aren't just for reading. People are buying  yard-sale books to resell online and earn a profit.   There are several phone apps where you can find out if it's selling on and for how much.

Steer clear of Water-stained books, Water damage destroys the value of most books and resale will be almost impossible.


If you find electronics that are less than a year old, you'll be able to get them dirt cheap, but they still have all the features that everybody needs

Be sure to plug in electronics, and test them out before you buy. Also check the box to make sure it contains all the original parts.


Sports and exercise equipment

A lot of sports and exercise equipment sold at yard sales were purchased with good intentions and then barely used.   Big items are expensive to ship, plus they take up a lot of space to store, so sellers want to unload them locally instead of selling on Ebay or Craigslist, then having to ship them to their destination. Look for deals on bikes, free weights, tennis rackets, and other items.

Steer clear of: Treadmills and other exercise machines. Always buy it at a store, and you'll have a warranty on it, there are a lot of moving parts and electronics.


Record albums

Many yard-sale sellers will price record albums around $1 apiece. Always check the record for scratches and make sure the right album is inside.

Albums by certain artists, such as the Beatles or Led Zeppelin, could be valuable -- assuming they're in good condition. If the record is scratched, it’s only worth about 80 percent of the normal value.

Steer clear of: Cassettes and videotapes. Nowadays, they have very little resale value. Also, be wary of signed albums unless they come with a letter of authenticity. A lot of signatures are forgeries.