Then, of course, he takes that formerly-fifty-cent-item-now-free to the consignment shop and sells it lickety-split for $10. If he were thirty years younger, he'd probably be making a killing on eBay.
Following in my grandfather's footsteps, I seem to have very good luck. I was only able to hit one estate sale yesterday (although there's two more which I hopefully can make it to today), but I did awfully well for myself anyway. The hit of the day was a Beatrix Potter Paths and Burrows game set. I don't have a picture to prove it, as I was on my way to a friend's house immediately after the sale, and as she is a fan of Beatrix Potter, I naturally gave the game to her. The link, however, will take you to a description of the game and a picture of the box. My version was in remarkably good shape, with only one small tear on the box, and no instructions included.
List Price, although it seems to be out-of-print everywhere: 18 British pounds, which is roughly $36 with today's exchange rate.
My Price: $3.
Of course, by posting now, I've pretty much destroyed my chances of finding anything good today, but we'll see. The houses are in the expensive part of Northern Virginia, there's always hope that at least I'll see some good architecture!