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The Modern Garage Sale

Like many of you, I remember scouring garage sales for Star Wars figures that parents were selling for .25 cents or 5 for a buck. It seems like with all the technology at your finger tips, the days of finding that gem cheap is over (or at least more difficult). Well, I had this app on my phone for quite awhile and I mostly used it to sell some old clothes and things, but recently I find out it can be a treasure trove for Star Wars collectors. Click through to find out more.


The application in question is called Mercari (some of you may have heard of it, or even use it). It’s basically Craigslist in an app and on a broader scale. I was absolutely amazed looking through and seeing some of the things for sale and some of the prices things have sold for. Heck, when you sign up you get a $10 off of $15 purchase (which I used to get a sealed TBS6″ Slave Leia for $10 in near mint condition). And the deals are plentiful.

Yes, they’re not all great deals and some people know what they’re selling, but if you take 5 minutes to look through the prices some things have sold for, you’ll see what i’m talking about. In my mind, this is a garage sale that lets me sit on my couch and find great deals. Another example, I waited too long to get a Darth Maul Elite Die-Cast and before I knew it they were gone and super high on the secondary market. Well, I managed to get one on here for $15 and that may seem high considering Die-cast sell for around $5 in store, but since Maul is hard to find I call it a bargain.

This is just something I think might interest a lot of collectors. It’s not something you can expect to always find the newest products for a reasonable price (Wave 2 40th Anniversary figures are around $30), but you can get lucky and find some gems. One seller sold Boba Fett, Han Solo, and Slave leia TBS 6″ for $20 each! (you’ll see those sales if you keep the filter on both for sale and sold). And the amount of classic Kenner figures available are endless. Heck, if you missed some POTF figures the first time around, they’re pretty much all available SEALED for under $5 each.

I thought about sharing this last night after coming across a couple great deals that I personally didn’t need, but I know many people are still looking for them. So, I think it’s a great app to use for that occasional great deal. If you use Invite Code: QGCFWY , you will get an additional $2 credit when you sign up. With that on top of the $10 off bonus for signing up, you could really end up with an amazing deal. Happy hunting and good luck on filling in some missing pieces of your collection.

So what do you think about the app? Even though there are many apps like it, I haven’t found one with as much of a Star Wars collecting presence as this one has. It really seems like the garage sale of the future to me; parents selling collectibles with no knowledge of what they are at times. Have you found anything great on it? Or feel free to share some fond memories of a great score at a garage sale you went to in the past. 

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  • TexasRattler

    well now that ppl will know about it, itll likely become the future of garage sales. as long as it stays like a garage sale n not the likes of ebay n amazon it can flurish. kinda like Let Go has.
    the minute ppl start asking outragous prices, the site will die. so hopefully ppl just keep it real. afterall no one wants or needs another ebay.

    • Yeah exactly, but i figured it was safe to share with the collectors. Like i said, you can tell when the collectors are selling the item because it’ll have a price tag that reflects it, but you can really find a lot of gems.

  • El_tito

    Just went through the sold stuff. Some people got good deals.

    • Right? Sometimes you have to tweak the search name because they’ll be listed under different things, but some of the deals of past sales make me want to run into a wall for not being able to buy lol

  • shane

    Too much of a hastle. It won’t let me log in. Tried everything. ? Oh well My internet has been messed up all day, it’s probably my server. I’ll try later.

    • really? It was pretty simple. Were you using just throwing it against the wall, or actually typing in information or connecting it to your facebook? lol Strange though, I think I just logged in using Facebook if i remember correctly.

      • shane

        IDK. I tried logging in with Facebook and G+. ? My internet was out completely earlier today. It must be a server problem.

      • shane

        So I get a confirmation code… Wow, at least I can check this out. Cause yea, in my life, I’ve found a ton of garage sale SW stuff in the past. But not very often anymore.

        • LOL, glad you managed to get on!

  • ジョセフ

    Thanks for the tip about the App. Just scored a 40th Anniversary Stormtrooper for a total of 26.00 and free shipping. Not bad all things considered.

  • bmales01

    in my day, apps were mozzarella sticks or potato skins

    • TexasRattler

      and they still are n freakin good lol

  • Roq

    How do they not rip you off? eBay like rules?

    • Sort of, when you buy something, the seller doesn’t get your money until you confirm the item came as listed. The seller must send it with a tracking number and it all comes down to you confirming your purchase.
      If there is an issue, you contact them, return the item and get your money back. Think of it as the company holding your money in escrow.

  • Darth_Rizzen

    Looks like it’s very USA-centric (see shipping options) despite the presence of UK and Japanese interfaces.

    I guess the French equivalent would be leboncoin. You can get some nice deals there, now and then.

    • I believe it just recently launched in the UK, so it may still be picking up.

  • CT-7567

    Is Slave Leia 6″ expensive on the aftermarket?

    • HothHan

      No crazy expensive. I just flipped mine for $35 on eBay last week.

    • It can range. You can see it going up and down. I’ve seen some sell for around $50 and I’ve seen some sell for $20

  • MicroCapo

    Just signed up.

    Smart, you just made $2.00 x (times) how ever many people from JTA used your invite code.

    • shhhhh! lol… but really, I didn’t think about that. And since this isn’t a ploy for me to make credit or whatever, I will try to find something decent on there from all the credits I’ve gathered and do a giveaway.

  • MicroCapo

    I type “Star Wars” and get 100 pages of Converse sneakers.

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