Have you heard of the TV show on the History Channel called American Pickers? These 2 guys go drive around the back roads of America looking for junky yards and barns and find old stuff to resell. Modern day treasure hunting! They actually supply antique dealers with items to sell.
This show is actually very educational if you are into selling vintage items from thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales on ebay. You can see the kind of stuff they look for and what is valuable. For example, on one episode they were looking at old oscillating fans. They explained that the ones with the brass paddles are the most valuable. On another episode they found an old motorcycle windshield with a bunch of stickers on it and explained that anything motorcycle related is a good find. Here is a short video clip from the show:
Granted, you aren't going to find the same items as these guys, but you can gain insight on how to look for diamonds in the rough. I have my DVR set to record this show and love watching it on my down time. Check out YouTube for more American Pickers videos if you don't get the History Channel.
Want to know about more vintage items to sell on eBay? Check out Thrift Store Goldmines, which contains 61 pages of vintage items that sell well on eBay. You may already have some of these huge money makers in your house, and not even know they are valuable!