Crazy idea for getting vintage toys for free

Any news, rumors, questions or info about action figures.

Moderator: Regulators

Crazy idea for getting vintage toys for free

Postby Patraw » Sat May 17, 2014 9:02 am

Have any of you ever considered the idea of opening and running a thrift store JUST so that you could reap the benefits of acquiring vintage toys for free? I spend a LOT of time every week at our local thrift shops hunting for action figures and dolls, and I often think to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice if I owned a thrift store so that all the toys would just come to me without having to go out looking for them?" I realize that there are a lot of other aspects to running a business that aren't necessarily much fun, but, still, it's an idea . . .

I suspect that if the community found out that I was just hoarding all the stuff they donated, instead of selling it, that'd probably be bad for business too. :roll:
User avatar
Patraw
Elite Realmer
 
Posts: 1294
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:04 am
Location: Michigan, USA

Re: Crazy idea for getting vintage toys for free

Postby Wolverhulk ISS » Sat May 17, 2014 5:53 pm

I've never had good luck at thrift stores with toys. I think most people know they can get a few bucks on eBay or at a buy/sell/trade type of game/comic/toy store. That's where I get a lot of parts and base figs cheap. It's nice because it's hard to tell online if a part will work for a project without seeing it in person. Long story short, open one of those. You have to pay for your inventory though. No tricking granny into giving you her stockpiles of MLs for charity. Lol.
User avatar
Wolverhulk ISS
Casual Realmer
 
Posts: 90
Joined: Wed May 11, 2011 9:41 am
Location: Kashyyk

Re: Crazy idea for getting vintage toys for free

Postby Pock63 » Sat May 17, 2014 6:42 pm

I've thought about this all the time although I'd probably go with the cheaper option and take a job as a sorter at our local Savers thrift shop.
You'll be lucky if you're one of the few to find someone who can tolerate you.
Image
User avatar
Pock63
Realm Addict
 
Posts: 3871
Joined: Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:58 am

Re: Crazy idea for getting vintage toys for free

Postby Patraw » Mon May 19, 2014 9:18 am

@Wolverhulk ISS:
I'm a hoarder, not a seller, lol, so opening a trading stall/table wouldn't do me any good, because I just want to acquire more toys, not part with any of the ones that are already in my collection.

I agree that it seems like most people, even little old Grandmas, know that they can get $$$ for figures on eBay these days, so they don't donate them to thrift stores in the quantities that they used to.

That said, I actually do find some great stuff at thrift stores, even Marvel Legends. The thing is, you have to go all the time, everyday almost, as their stock changes and moves quickly. That's the rub--you almost have to live there.

@Pock63: The thought of volunteering as a sorter has crossed my mind, but, ethically, I think it'd be wrong for me to do that, because the only reason I'd be doing it is for the ulterior motive of getting first crack at their toy donations, not because I honestly wanted to help the store/staff out, and that'd be kind of sleazy (the one I frequent most often is a St. Vincent de Paul Society thrift store, and thus, a Catholic establishment, so, God would punish me!)
User avatar
Patraw
Elite Realmer
 
Posts: 1294
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:04 am
Location: Michigan, USA

Re: Crazy idea for getting vintage toys for free

Postby Pock63 » Mon May 19, 2014 10:15 am

Patraw wrote: @Pock63: The thought of volunteering as a sorter has crossed my mind, but, ethically, I think it'd be wrong for me to do that, because the only reason I'd be doing it is for the ulterior motive of getting first crack at their toy donations, not because I honestly wanted to help the store/staff out, and that'd be kind of sleazy (the one I frequent most often is a St. Vincent de Paul Society thrift store, and thus, a Catholic establishment, so, God would punish me!)


I wasn't talking about volunteering though, I was talking about taking a part time job as a sorter and buying and of the items I want myself with my 20% employee discount :D
You'll be lucky if you're one of the few to find someone who can tolerate you.
Image
User avatar
Pock63
Realm Addict
 
Posts: 3871
Joined: Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:58 am

Re: Crazy idea for getting vintage toys for free

Postby Darththomas » Wed May 21, 2014 3:37 am

Hahaha, Our charity shops are pretty much useless for toys, unless you like baby toys, I often go to car boot sales though as a seller and that gives me the opportunity to get there early and snap up the bargains from parents who just don't know what their kids toys are worth.
Image
FaceBook Emlyn Darthomas Thomas
WIP viewtopic.php?f=25&t=25093
User avatar
Darththomas
Regulator
 
Posts: 3175
Joined: Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:16 pm
Location: Manchester, England

Re: Crazy idea for getting vintage toys for free

Postby timothymayer » Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:05 pm

I used to find all kinds of neat things at thrift stores, but those days are long gone. Heck, even older books I've bought off the Internet have had Goodwill slips inside them. You're better off hitting a yard sale at a stable middle-class neighborhood. Uncle Fred might have cleaned out his attic for the first time in 40 years and God knows what is up there...
timothymayer
Newbie Realmer
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:51 pm


Return to General Action Figure Chatter

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest