Most recently, brand new items valued nearly $250 for $20. At a fundraiser yard sale I saw a big 8-foot-canopy beach umbrella, with rainbow colors in its 16 panels. In a carry case, with an augur pole bottom, double canopy with aluminum and fiberglass frame, looked like it had never been used. It was marked $10.
Elsewhere I saw a red folding hammock chair in a case, also never used. Its mate was in another location, same unused condition, I assumed they should have been paired. Both were marked $5 each. I bought them and the beach umbrella, seemed like a natural set to me, total $20.
Next day a good friend of ours asked how the yard sale had gone. And if I knew whether the items he donated to it were sold, and how much the organizers had asked for them. When I asked what his stuff was, it was the umbrella and chairs I had bought!
Turns out they WERE originally bought as a set, which the organizers failed to realize, and indeed had never once been used, tags and packing tape still on them. The chairs cost nearly $60 each on sale, the umbrella over $100. I was now embarrassed.
I said not only were they all sold, but I was the buyer. But I hedged on the price I paid, the organizers had undervalued them. I merely said I was ashamed to admit how little I paid, but that he was free to borrow them back as he wished, or join us at the beach to use them.
He said no, he wasn't sure why he had bought them, really had no use for them, not a beach goer. I felt a little better. And I've used them a few times now, very nice, exactly what I wanted.
But I remain stunned by the coincidence, that the only things I bought were donated by our friend, and that I correctly identified them as a set intended to be used together. Yah gotta love yard sales.