I'm getting older and feel the need to entertain myself with some kind of project or routine. For over a year, I've been going to garage sales. I enjoy cold morning air. There is nothing I need to buy, but I am passionate about going to garage sales every Saturday morning. I look for silver, gold, and anything fancy.
Over a year, I have developed my own systems and tricks. I have my own mapping system that keeps record, I wear certain clothes so I look poor, I wear a ring made out of magnet so I can detect precious metals without being conspicuous.
Garageg sales are exciting because I never know what I'm going to find. Also, I am competing with other people. Plenty of people come out crack of dawn so they can snatch good stuff before I do. It is intellectually challenging because I have to know wide range of subjects. Then there is people skill. Some sellers are chatty, and some don't want to be bothered. So, I read people and I return my best personliaty possible to keep the sellers satisfied. Hopefully this will work to my advantage when I have to haggle.
At one of the garage sales today, I found a bag of 8 vintage switch plate covers for $5. They were old but in excellent condition. I like them a lot. I put some on my kitchen wall. Then I looked up online to see how much they go for. These are not cheap.