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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Garage sale bargain
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:32 AM

Was at a garage sale recently.  I usually look for books or CDs.  Didn't see anything I wanted, but as I was walking away, a box with a familiar logo caught my eye.  The box was a Tamiya model kit.  Looking closely it was a 1:350 New Jersey.  The sticker on it said ten bucks.  I only had nine, but they agreed to let it go for that.  I asked if it had been started yet, but the people there did not know.  The box was taped but I figured even if it had been started it would be a good deal.  When I got it home I thought the tape sort of looked like original packaging.  Opened it, and it looked like it had never been opened!  Every package still sealed, and cardboard still held hull and deck pieces in their place.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:46 AM

Thats a great bargain for sure Yes

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    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:56 AM

Oh my, that's a STEAL!

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:01 AM

Wow!  Great find.



Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:13 AM

You took a $9 chance and it paid off. Good for you, Don. Yes


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Posted by oldermodelguy on Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:37 PM

Hey it happens, congrats, that's awesome !

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:45 PM

SWEET !!!  heck, even if it was started, at nine smackers you can't go wrong. I've got to hit more garage sales.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, August 27, 2020 1:04 PM


    Now you know why I go to Garage sales and Flea markets. I killed a good bird when I went to my fourth last one. Got a  Heller, Charles De Gaulle  Aircraft Carrier for a Low, Low price. It actually made me nervous afterwards like maybe I had bought a stolen Item?

    These Bonus finds are out there. Ya just gotta look. I found a model in the attic of a house that was going to be torn down. The Demolition Foreman told me to keep it! It was an original release of the REVELL Higgins P.T.Boat!

     I had gone there to buy and remove some old Wood Rafters for a deck project!

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    February 2020
  • From: South Carolina, USA
Posted by ChrisSC on Thursday, August 27, 2020 2:04 PM

Ya can't beat that deal Don.

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    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Thursday, August 27, 2020 5:15 PM

At $9 you can afford a lot of AM for that kit.

And, per Scalemates, there's a tone of it, too

Good score.


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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:02 PM

Congrats on the great find Don!

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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    June 2017
Posted by Chemteacher on Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:03 AM
Hey, what a deal. You never know what you’ll find at garage sales and flea markets. I good friend of mine gave me a Monogram B-17 that he picked up for $2.00 at a flea market. The previous owner had only painted the cockpit walls. All parts were there.

On the bench: Revell-USS Arizona; Tamiya 1/700 HMS Nelson


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