The Urban Archeologist: The Secret to finding Estate Sale Gold

Odd things found in strange places

Well, I'll be a son of a Tin Man!
Well, I'll be a son of a Tin Man!

I always have some level of expectation when I go digging for treasure, but it isn’t often that I can just know from the look of a sale that I will pull a real gem from out of the past.


It happened a few weeks ago. I had been to this home once before, and it was loaded with nostalgia. The owner had been a long-time collector of films, among other things. When I saw the basement full of old films, projectors and memorabilia, I had to cringe and show restraint to keep from buying the lot.


I let it go, knowing there would be another sale. I didn’t expect to see the film collection again, but I knew that given the age of the home there would be plenty of places to explore for forgotten treasure.


Now with many of the rooms cleaned out I was undaunted and began making a scan of the area for the unlikely places things might be hiding. In a home this old, I didn’t have to look for very long.


As I examined the rooms where the films had been I made an amazing discovery. Tacked to the wall was an old and dry business card (see image) belonging to Jack Haley Jr. when he was Executive Vice President of Wolper Productions.


That wasn’t the only discovery of an icon of the 20th century. Click here to see more images, a video and watch as I uncover the elusive Gold water.

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Craig Zac February 20, 2014 at 03:22 PM
I thought you meant real gold! lol...
Greg Van Antwerp February 20, 2014 at 06:35 PM
I gotta tell you Craig, to me this is real gold. Thanks for commenting!
John Hawley February 21, 2014 at 08:35 AM
I worked on the Goldwater campaign much to the chagrin of my family. I remember a variety of stickers that were to be placed on campaign mailings as stated and on personal mail.
Greg Van Antwerp February 21, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Thanks for the first-person perspective John!
Nancy Zorena February 21, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Well done, Greg! Enjoyed the video with the tag lines!
Greg Van Antwerp February 21, 2014 at 08:42 PM
Thank you Nancy!


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