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Gem or Junk Part 4: From the Garage to the Internet

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Posted at 1:27 PM, May 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-14 15:16:12-04

Last week, WTXL ABC 27's Alex Cordero visited an antique shop to continue his quest to hopefully find that hidden treasure. This week, Alex is searching online as well as at a garage sale to see what he can find for under 20 dollars on this edition of "Gem or Junk."

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- In the past two weeks, I bought a vintage alarm clock from the thrift store and a century old Robin Hood book from an antique store.

We're going to be making two purchases this week, one from Craigslist and another from a garage sale.

The first thing I did was search online for an item on Craigslist and it didn't take too long to find something that caught my attention. Though it was priced at 25 dollars, I offered 20 for it and got it.

After that, we went to pick up our new item. We met Doug Gyuricsko, who was glad to sell us his old food grinder for 20 dollars. "This is one item that we did use and it's functional and we just didn't need it anymore", explained Gyuricsko. "It was sitting in a box. I thought maybe somebody else could use it and re-purpose it.

So the first item I bought was a 1940s food chopper. I bought it for 20 dollars, and I think we're going to get a better investment on this for 40 dollars.

On the following Saturday morning it didn't take us long to find a garage sale in Tallahassee. I met Pat Glennon and Victoria Grayves.

"We've had a lot of items that have accumulated from our family," said Glennon.

Every sight I've been to so far is unique offering certain types of objects. So I expect this garage sale to be a little bit different from the others. "We have a lot of small stuff", Glennon said. "You know people look for the furniture, the bigger items."

A lot more nik-naks such as books, time pieces and small decor were at this sale. "We've  sold so many of the little items in the clothes and its such a good deal!"

Grayves and Glennon love what they do, not just for the profit but for the customers as well. "Especially when you see a lot of people come in, get a lot of stuff for kids and stuff, so that makes us feel good," said Grayves. "Its so much fun to meet the people and talk. Its really great," Glennon added.

This garage sale was unique in the way the items had no price tags.  "You see 'Make an Offer' and its so unusual for people because they're not used to that," said Grayves.

And that's another challenge in my quest to become "Rookie Auctioneer Extraordinaire" but that makes it even more fun.

I found a nice looking watch. So i checked eBay and then I saw what similar models were selling for. The watches that I noticed on the websites were pretty pricey so I offered twenty dollars.

But wait! Grayves and Glennon were so nice to me that they offered me another watch.

I got two watches for just twenty dollars and they look really really nice. I checked on eBay and they might be worth a little more. I'm going to say they're worth both a total of fifty dollars.

The final countdown is upon us. Next week, we're heading back to Manor Auctions to see how we did.