Turning $16 Into $100. Grip It and Flip It #1

Jake Boucher
4 min readNov 3, 2018

Doing this has been in the back of my mind for a long time now.

I’ve been telling myself for quite some time that I would step in my car and drive around town trying to find some garage sales to hit up.

My first attempt at garage sailing was the Saturday before this past one. I drove around aimlessly trying to find some sales to hit up (the weather didn’t cooperate so all of the ones I had circled were postponed).

This past Saturday was a different story. The night before I was doing some “scouting” for garage sales near me. I found them through the app I use to find sales near me.

The night before I wrote down all of the addresses that I intended on going to the next day. I only had six addresses written down because I had no idea what to expect and if I even had enough money.

I went to all but one of the garage sales I had written down. To keep a long story short, I made out pretty good.

What I bought

I was looking for some cheap products (I only brought $20 or so, and spent $16).

Garage sale #1

I bought 3 coffee mugs at the very first garage sale I went too. 2 of them I bought for 25 cents and the other one was 50 cents.

When it’s all said and done, those mugs should equal about $20 in profit. The key word here is should.

Garage sale #2

This second garage sale was actually at a church. They had 2 huge rooms full of items. The first room had clothes for the most part. The second room had various items that piqued my interest.

After about five minutes of looking around in the second room, I came across these mini village sets that comes with parts so it can be built.

I bought the only two sets that they had of the village for $5. I walked out of that church feeling so confident that each set was worth at least $30 each.

When I got back to my car, I went right to eBay and looked up how much the villages were worth.

After some research on these items, here’s the verdict: