HOW TO MAKE A MILLION A YEAR AS an "ATTIC SWEEP ANTIQUARIAN!"
INVASION OF THE BOOTY SNATCHERS!
My net pen pal, Brad the Pirate, used to be a chimney sweep. He earned well but he was always scratching his neck and ears which were tomato red covered with black. Add in the ancient truck with filthy brushes, the guy couldnít get a date. Almost without changing professions --- --attic cleaning being so close to chimney sweeping, --he now has a CLEAN sweet skin, drives a new truck and has a GUERILLA CAPITALISM BUSINESS. He bought the Maine property he lives on, a huge farm. His email name is The Pyrate. Brad is a happy camper. He tells me that while cleaning chimneys was lucrative, it's not as much fun as his new business, ATTIC GARAGE AND BARN CLEANING for Geriatric HOARDERS! Lately he tells me about all the great antiques and collectibles he gets. Elderly clients say ĎBrad, take this junk outta hereí and he has found that 'junk' is quite valuable and these country folk don't know it. Table linens go on EBAY, costume jewelry, old 20ís clothing. Kitchen tools, old magazines, vintage dress patterns and clothing, vintage tablecloths, all worth a fortune.
Todayís email from Brad read: " Had a good day of work on an attic, cellar, and barn-cleaning job. I got a nice Jotul wood-stove and 3 huge boxes of old photographs and cards and valentines out of it. Iím finding out that in New York City, these old photos are worth hundreds each!
"When you sell a house, it has to be clean, attics, cellars, etc. They call me and say "I just sold my Dadís place for a million dollars and I need someone to clean out the cellar, and it hasnít been cleaned in 100 years, and we canít get anyone to go down there..."
" I look Ďem in the eye, and I tell Ďem "this ainít gonna be cheap, we have to wear respirators and tyvek suits, thereís rat shit, bat shit, bird shit,possum and coon poo and live rats and brown recluse spiders and black widows. I tell Ďem that itís $60/hr plus expenses for a 2 man crew, the truck and trailer, etc. I pay the help $12/hr. Thatís about X amt and I need half in front.Ē
They pay and some even want to pay the whole sum in front. I load everything in a truck, telling my workers which goodies go into my cab. I keep the goodies. You know Iím an old scammer and this is the best "scam" Iíve ever come up with. On the old drugstore contract that I did, she paid me over $2,000 for bringing home a ton of antiques I later sold for $10,000 in New York.
If you had a pick-up truck with a shell, or a large van that locks you could schmooze all of the farmers and all of the realtors! They are the ones that really want all that junk removed so the property sells. Make a trip to the licensing board for a print-out of all the realtors, send them all a nice letter and a handful of business cards that says "Deep-cleaners of attics, cellars, and barns", and watch the phone start ringing off the wall.
My friend went on to say ďI made $45,000 once, in 5 days, doing this. Here, the cellars have dirt floors in the old places, and I do a quick metal-detector scan of the cellar before I leave! Antique coins in every single one of them. I look in every nook and cranny, rafters, holes in plaster and you would NOT believe me if I told you what I have found. Antique boxes with coins, maps, antique deeds. But spiders can be bad, so fumigate with a few cans of flea spray a day ahead, as the gas will get into any crevices and into the head spaces. Warn the owner youíre doing this so there is no one in the house that day. When you work, wear a big long glove when you stick a hand in a hole or crevass, have bright lights plugged in .. aimed at your hand space. And have a spray can of pesticide handy if you find a live one.
Attic cleaning for moola is a great way to employ an l8 year old kid (that retardo nephew?) and a chum of his --Maybe your son? .Give him a covered van or a 1988 Toyota truck with a shell.....paint a sign ATTIC BOOTY, noÖ far too candid and revealing. ATTIC CLEANERS INC. on it, give him a cell fone...you do his craigs list ads, his books, his selling. You Ebay off the vintage nostalgia that he brings home. Well itís the millennium, even as a woman, you could do the attic cleaning biz if you knew a Mexican with a truck and found two HOME DEPOT laborers because a woman cannot do the heavy lifting. But a gal easily does the hard part, the client finding. And maybe going out on the job, walking around the workers while they tote that barge to make sure they donít pocket the costume jewelry! And carry a shoulder bag and flashlight just for that purpose!
This is an ultimate career for a frugal pack rat with an eye for collectibles (SEE WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT AT THIS FINE LIST) and if you have to pay a buck for the thing, a buck or two. This is a great business. Firstly, NO one else is doing it who knows his cookies at least. AND they pay you to clean them out. Remember, itís $60/hr PLUS EXPENSES.Ē For the guys and you Mom with the EBAY fingers? Way to get your kids through college!
Now, that week, that I heard from Brad, it happened that I had a Feb l995 Readers Digest with an article called "MONEY IN YOUR ATTIC" that tells of a woman who bought junk jewelry at swap meets and garage sales, took it to a NYC jeweler and was offered $275 for a brooch and two bracelets. COSTUME JEWELRY can always be bought from families selling their home, when you're doing their clean up. So if you donít find it in the attic, inform them you will buy if they show you the goodies. Iíve had garage selling seniors quote 2 bucks to maybe 5$ top on things worth hundreds. COSTUME jewelry is the vintage rage in NYC, LA. TEXAS, SEATTLE.
THE OTHER big find and nobody knows it, so the seniors will just hand them to you, VINTAGE PATTERNS. They start at $60.00 and go for up to $200.00 each in the current net marketplace. http://www.sovintagepatterns.com/VOGUE-COUTURIER-PATTERNS_c_30.html
The READERS DIGEST article went about how old Wind-up toys, comic book tie-in products, went for big money. Magazines, lunch pails, a vintage TV Guide magazine from the 50's, ($2000 each) Then coke or other soft drink memorabilia, even the bottles, are worth money. Iíve just started watching AMERICAN PICKERS where two Plains located antiquers clean out barns, attics, basements of hoarders and get incredibly high prices in their store ANTIQUE ARCHAEOLOGY in IOWA. They ask and get NEW YORK prices. And all the old farmer-hoarders seem to know prices and charge damn HIGH for their junk. The PICKERS Mike and Frank just pass it on to the clients and charge high: An old Orphan Annie ring from a cereal box, $14,000 or an old Batman comic from '39 for 49 thousand dollars, Hummels for 300$ each, depression glass for $140 to 800$ a single piece. Antique toys, musical instruments. An old Les Paul electric Guitar for $40,000, a cookie jar for $8,000. They suggest you get Supnick's "Wonderful World of Cookie Jars" and Warman's "Country Antiques and Collectibles" catalogue. Amazon has dozens of copies for sale. Abe books has none right now. (Oct 2013). Old Signage, ads, even single letters (porcelain or wood) are hot. Antique garage cans, old toys, vending machines are super hot.
TO FIND OUT WHAT your nostalgia treasures are worth, go into SECOND HAND STORES and comb the merchandise, then ask the owner if you can look at his COLLECTIBLE BOOK for a second. It may show you that the current price for a certain INDIANA art deco pot is a thousand bucks. Write the titles down, search for them at this really cut rate online bookstore ABE BOOKS.COM and if you don't want to buy them, sit in the guy's second hand store reading them and making notes. If you say you're going to bring him and his store the art and collectibles that you trash up, he'll let you! He'll probably even make coffee. When he does, you pay for the croissant or donuts. You want to hang with that guy.
Oh that brings up the most exciting area. If you get your hands on tons of old books, SELL your stash to used book stores, collectors by becoming a vendor at http://www.abebooks.com used. Or just Craigís list them off. READ ďHOW TO BE A USED BOOK TYCOONĒ Attic cleaning for books gives you a hundred books for a buck maybe. People like me find books reasonably at garage sales, a quarter each. The Thrift stores in our California area offer used books at 45c each. Abe books gets a buck each but you have to pay 2$ for media rate shipping.
I include books as to a small audience of readers and writers, they are treasures. But youíre going to make your lucky strikes with antiques and costume jewelry. So hereís to a Toyota Pick-Up and two muscle boys! And donít let them go spendaholic on you, Mum. College, then a CONDO down payment which you go half in to with them, and they own property after college when they have credit and their first job.
Now, another net friend confided: A few months ago, I was helping my girlfriend clean her city office (the cleaning lady was ill for a few weeks; while she was gone, we did it and split the hourly payment for an hour's work or so) and I was impressed by the packed city dumpsters outside her office. City residents are allowed to dump trash there. Anyway, they were full and I was drawn to them. Brushing aside some boxes and stuff, I found about 60 sex letters-type magazines in good shape. I listed them on eBay in groups of ten and to my surprise raked in $150.
WHAT the heck is Ďsex letters type mags?í I think ALL 60ís mags would be worth something. SO CLEAN BARNS, BABY! And then thereís Dumpster diving which is something Iíve done with CHAR the Dumpster Diver. She wears a minerís light hat, cuz we go the way the Polish astronauts go to the sun, (at midnight). We go to industrial parks with beaucoup dumpsters. She finds PC peripherals, boxes of computer paper. Six plug surge breakers. Tons of pens and markers. ouíll find all our dumpster adventures on the FRUGAL webpage. But remember, attic barn cleaning for seniors is still the best way of all.
PS Just met a hauler/cleaner doing house next door, CHECK his page, He writes terrific advertising prose
Copy his website. Save the shape even by saving the code.
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