Tis the season for selling costumes. Chasing Fireflies is a great brand to keep an eye out for. Check out completeds HERE.
Anybody recognize this guy? I have had luck in the past selling these character potholders, so I picked him up. I thought he would be easy to ID, but so far no luck. It is dated 1989.
Are my blog friends still out there? Both my boys started back to school last week. They are both in full-day school now, so I am giving myself a year to eBay full time and see how it goes. I’ve been thinking about writing more here, if there is anyone left to read it. I was so busy over the summer I wasn’t reading eBay blogs either, but I would like to get back to it. If you know of any new good ones (or oldies but goodies I may have missed) please let me know!
Update / P.S.
Can anyone tell me what kind (breed) of dog is this? It’s a My Twinn Poseable Pet, absolutely beautiful, and I can’t find another like it.
And I’m not talking about footwear.
We are currently visiting my brother’s family in the UK. Knowing my love of yard sales, my brother decided to treat me to their version! Basically, sellers all come to the same predetermined field and sell their goods next to their cars. Of course I loved it.
It was an interesting experience. Other than the fact that they were all in the same place (which is awesome), it wasn’t that different than yard saling in the states. An interesting mix of kids items, baby gear, tools, housewares, books, tons of DVDs, etc. I noticed a couple different people selling new in package items, one selling vegetables, but the majority seemed very yard sale-y. Most stuff wasn’t priced, which was kind of frustrating, but the things that were priced seemed super cheap.
If we didn’t have to worry about getting things home on the plane there were more than a few things I would have been interested in buying. (We pack super light, even with the kiddos – carry on only!) But even at that I couldn’t pass up this canvas at only 50 pence. (The seller said she was moving to Egypt, and was practically giving things away.) I can’t wait to hang it on our wall, but getting it home is going to be a pain.
All summer my oldest has been collecting the books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He now owns all but #2 and #10. He asked me to keep an eye out for them. I thought it was a long shot, but whaddya know:
Long story not so short:
Last week I did my normal thrift store run. Both of my boys are out of school for the summer, but my husband was off that day so they were able to hang out at home with him. I left the house early because I needed to stop by a different store on the way to pick a birthday present for a party I was taking my youngest to that started at noon. While in that store I realized I had left my phone at home on the charger.
I look up a lot of things on my phone while thrifting. I was about half way between my house and the thrift store. If it was any other day I probably would have gone back for my phone (I like getting to the thrift right when it opens on clearance day, but the benefit of having the phone would usually be worth being behind schedule by 20 minutes or so). But, since I was already working against a short timeline because of the birthday party, I decided to wing it. Thrifting without a phone will only make me faster, right?
The reality was, I bought more stuff without my phone. I haven’t finished listing it all, but I know that I bought more low-value items than I usually would have. Things that on another day I would have looked up and then had the discipline to put back on the rack because the profit would only be $8-$10 somehow made it into my cart. Fun/easy things that I enjoy listing, so it’s not all bad. But still.
There were also several things that I really wish I could have looked up. Like the oh-so-beautiful purple rabbit? (is it a rabbit?) above.
It’s funny how my brain works. I didn’t have my phone so I couldn’t look it up. So I thought, I’ll just take a picture of it and look it up later. WAIT. I don’t have my phone! I should text my husband so he knows I don’t have my phone with me. WAIT. I don’t have my phone! OHMIGOSH, when did I become so darn dependent on my phone?! But I so am.
Since I didn’t have my phone with me I scrawled “Rushton purple bunny” on a scrap of paper and shoved it in my purse. As luck would have it, I actually cleaned out my purse the next day. And even at that, I stared at the piece of paper for a long minute not sure what in the heck the note meant. But, it eventually clicked, and I looked up Rushton plush. Check out some completeds here.
No sign of the purple “bunny” in current or completed listings, but the potential for that brand got me out the door and headed back to the thrift to see if the plush was still there. I thought the odds were in my favor, and I was right, it was still there. While it seems that the Rushton plush that sell for the most money have rubber faces (and mine does not), I am still going to list it high and see if anyone bites. Worth a try, right?
Have you come across any random thrift store scores recently? I’d love to hear about them!
P.S. My apologies for the long break in posting. I have been trying to up my sales by posting at least 10 new listings a day, and between getting all the photos taken and listings listed and sold items shipped and normal life thrown in too, it doesn’t leave a lot of extra time. I hope to post occasionally during the summer, and once we hit fall both of my boys will be in school all day (SO weird!) and maybe I will be able to post on a semi-regular schedule. I can dream, right? Several people e-mailed me to check in over the last couple months because I wasn’t posting, which was so very kind and appreciated! All is well, just busy. Thanks friends. 🙂
Not a “hilarious” tag, but I did find a message on an item I was listing. It makes me wonder if there have been others and I’ve just been oblivious. Hmmm.
I picked up two of these Harley Davidson black denim jackets (both NWT) for $5 each at a yard sale at the beginning of the month. One was a size small, the other XL.
And then my family took off for CA where we played at Disneyland and Legoland for a week. So much fun! And I think the first time ever since I started eBaying that I put my store in vaca mode and hid my listings and had a REAL eBay break. It was nice.
But fast forward a bit more, and we have returned home. It is time to get busy listing. I have about three hours on MWF mornings when both of my boys are in school. These jackets were the first thing I listed this morning. And by the time I had picked up my youngest from preschool at noon they had both sold for $49.95/ea. Gotta love a fast flip.
Have you heard of LuLaRoe?
My SIL told me about it a month or so ago because she was thinking about becoming a LuLaRoe consultant. It is a direct sales company. Not my kind of thing, but she has had amazing success in the past with Stampin’ Up and was killing it at Lia Sophia until they closed. She has since signed up to become a rep, and there are so many people signing up right now there is a backlog/wait time to even rep for them.
Fast forward a couple weeks and what did I find at VV but THREE different LuLaRoe pieces still NWT on the clearance day. I regret to say that I haven’t listed them yet, but I look forward to doing so soon. Check out some completeds HERE. A brand to look out for.
Another month has come and gone. Seriously, we’re over 1/4 of the way through the year already! The weather has been incredibly nice here over the last week too, sunshine every day. It’s almost yard sale season, yay!
Here are a few of my sales from March. I sold a bunch of clothes, no surprise.
I also had a few cute St. Patrick’s Day sales.
Plush too, of course!
Some of you helped me ID this guy a few months ago, and he finally sold.
This Superman toy had been listed since 2014! I had it listed at $40, but revised the price during my inventorying, and it finally sold.
I bought several of these tumblers from the Disney Store a couple years ago, and they sold very quickly. For some reason I had one left (maybe I was thinking about keeping it for myself?) but it was just sitting around so I finally listed it.
Cutco items usually sell well for me.
I generally ship them in a Regional A box.
And even though Halloween is long over, I still sell costumes consistently.
How was March for you?