I attempted to stop at a thrift store I’ve never been in before that is located relatively close to my house. Well, turns out it’s not open on Mondays. But the bookstore next door was open. And I was very pleased to discover that their kids’ books are only 10 cents each!
At the next yard sale I found a couple toys that are definitely “vintage”. The first I have not found on eBay or anywhere else online during my initial searching. As my husband says, I wonder if that means it’s priceless or worthless?
These I bought at the same yard sale, although I waffled on them at first and decided to go back for them. The only reason I gave them a second look is because there was a big sign next to them that read “1970s Sunshine Family, $5 for all.” I thought, what the heck, worth a try. I took them up to pay for them and the woman selling them let out an, “Ohhhh,” like she wasn’t sure she really wanted to sell them. And the she perked up and said, “You should look these up on eBay! You could probably sell them, for like, 45 bucks!” Interestingly, it looks like I will make more money selling them in sets of 2 than all together.
|Vintage Farmer Little People|
|Bert & Ernie Play Town|
|Fur Berries – Cherry|
Another weekend of yard sale-ing is complete. This weekend I went out with a new focus. I’ve been coming home with a lot of stuff this summer, but too much of it is hanging around our house. This weekend my goal was 25% stuff to keep, 75% stuff to re-sell. And if that means we don’t buy much, well, half the fun is the hunt anyway, right?
Consisted mostly of books. I know they aren’t wonderful sellers on eBay unless you have really big lots, but I can’t seem to help myself. What can I say, I love books. Ranged in price from 10 cents to 50 cents.
|Rolling backpack was $1 and is for my son.|
|$1, to replace the pool we had that cracked.|
|Felt board Thomas $3. Will sell when my son is tired of playing with it/forgets about it.|
I grabbed the Exersaucer below as an afterthought at one of the last yard sales I was at. $5. A few of the toys/attachments are really cute, a couple look pretty worn. Should be easy to recoup my money on it regardless. Although, it has occurred to me that if my first thought is, “How/where am I going to be able to hide this from my husband?” worrying that at some point he may finally get annoyed by all of the “stuff” invading our home then maybe, just maybe, I shouldn’t be buying it at all. (In case you’re curious – it is currently residing in the baby’s room, and my husband has yet to comment on it.)
|DVDs – 6 for $5 total (most to resell, one or two to keep).
Books were between 25 and 50 cents each.
|This jacket I got at the same yard sale. It is a Columbia Interchange 2 in 1.
Cost $2. Terrible picture but a really nice coat.
|And, of course, I had to come home with something for the 3-year-old.
Today it was Bob the Builder silverware and a game.
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Thomas, always Thomas. We found yet another big box of wooden train tracks, trains, and accessories. My son almost immediately found Spencer in the box, which is what mostly convinced me to buy it all. He’s been wanting Spencer for ages. I was looking forward to taking it all home to see what other trains might be in the box. The lady asked $15 for everything, and I have Spencer on my Amazon wish list and he costs more than $15 all by himself! I was a little disappointed when I got it home and we went through it though. Spencer’s freight car was missing. (Will look for it on eBay.) There was an Edward (also missing his freight car), a Harold the Helicopter (which he already has), and a passenger car, and that was it for the actual Thomas brand trains. But, there were a bunch of tracks that I know are Thomas brand, as well as some (maybe newer?) bridges that have built-in supports which will save the 3-year-old a lot of grief.
At a different yard sale I found this Thomas set for $1. It is a slightly newer version of a set we already have (older set was a hand-me-down from my nephew). The yard sale set was missing one piece of track and the black balls. The older set’s Terrence was broken. Put ’em together and whatta ya get? A fully functioning set! The 3-year-old had fun playing with it this afternoon.
My favorite find of the day. A “love seat” portable/camp chair. My in-laws have one and I love it! I’ve literally been looking for one (in stores! would probably have paid retail!) for years. And this one has the option of putting rockers on the bottom of it. They had it all set up at the yard sale. The chair had a tag on it that said $15. The bag had a tag on it that said $25. I offered $10, and they accepted. Hooray!
50 books for 10 cents each! And almost 40 of them are Clifford books. I think I will try to sell them on eBay. Also pictured are a few toys I picked up for a quarter each and a Little Engine That Could board game for fifty cents.
Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head! And . . . Mr. Corn Head? Mr. Carrot Head? And many, many accessories. $5 for all. Will add to some I have and sell on eBay eventually.
Free box finds. I think some might be Polly Pockets accessories. I am so clueless when it comes to girl toys.
|$2 total for all.|
|10 cents each.|
|25 cents each.|
|Two books and a bunch of craft supplies. Paid less than $2 for everything pictured.|
|$1. I know, ick. But we needed a new one, and it appeared clean. Of course I gave it a good scrubbing when we got home.|
|$1 total. The dog/wolf is super cute and still has its tags. A possible lovey to sell.|
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I tried my hand at selling a few things on eBay this week. And . . . they all sold! Success? Well, kind of. All of my auctions that have ended have sold. Mostly for the initial asking price. Which wasn’t much. Did I get rich? No. Did I get practice? Yes. And really, that was what I was mostly after this week.
Captain Underpants set #1-8
So this is a “deal” I haven’t decided if I am entirely sold on. The gist of the Paperback Swap is to list any books that you own and want to get rid of (but is not actually limited to paperbacks – you can list hardbacks, audio books, etc.) Each time someone requests one of your books you mail it to them (you pay the shipping costs – but since it’s a book it can be sent media mail, which is generally cheaper that regular mail, depending on the weight of the book). Once the person who requested the book marks it as received you then get a credit and are able to request that a book be sent to you free of charge. When you sign up I think you get a free credit or two to try it out. In any case, I have had three credits to spend (and have only mailed one book out thus far). I am luke warm on the whole concept.
We LOVE the Piggie & Elephant and Llama Llama books. I actually haven’t even shown the above books to my son yet. They are in such good condition I am thinking about holding on to them and giving them to him for his birthday or Christmas.
Not such good condition. In fact, many of the pages are loose, and the middle page has come out completely. A bummer. I double checked and books with loose pages are not allowed per PBS rules. I felt kind of mean, but when I marked it received I also marked that there was a problem with it (and described the loose/detached pages) but did not go so far as to request my book credit be returned.
PBS has a wish list feature that I really like. If a book that you want is not currently available you can put it on your wishlist and when it becomes available you receive an e-mail. This is how I ended up getting the Piggie and Elephant book. Unfortunately, most of the books I am interested in (pretty much all kids books) are not currently available on PBS. And the books I have that I’m willing to part with, there are many, many copies already listed on PBS so who knows if and when one of mine will actually be requested. (I’m not actually sure how they decide which copy of a book will be requested. First in, first out, maybe?)
But my biggest problem with PBS? Even if I only list books that are very light and can be sent in a regular mailer, the postage is still $1.88. And I am so cheap that this is actually more than I am willing to pay for most books, making me question whether or not it is worth it for me to pay to send the books to someone else.
Anybody else use PBS? Pros and cons?
I picked up the above sandals at a yard sale last weekend because a friend had told me a few weeks before that she had been regularly checking Craigslist in hopes of finding some Keen sandals for her son. When I found these at a yard sale (in her own neighborhood no less – but she was in Mexico at the time) I decided I might as well pick them up. They still looked new, and I figured if she didn’t want or need them anymore I could sell them on Craigslist or eBay. But she did want them! I sold them to her for what I paid for them: ($10). She seemed thrilled, and stopped by and picked them up this afternoon.
I love having things on my mental list to look for, whether for myself or someone else. The mental list currently includes a slide for my parents’ house, Max & Ruby books for my cousin’s kids, and Spiderman/Superman/Batman toys for a friend’s son. And I am always happy to have more things to look for. Because I love the hunt!
I haven’t done much with Craigslist in the last couple months. I have a number of listings that I have pretty much been ignoring (as has everyone who looks at CL). A couple months ago I set up a separate e-mail address for my CL account because I was having a hard time keeping track of CL e-mails amongst everything else, and I could not always remember what I had or had not responded to. So, when I checked my CL e-mail account on Tuesday for the first time in several days, I was surprised to have several e-mails waiting for my attention.
The first e-mail was from a guy want to buy the Janet Evanovich books above. I had them listed at $5 total for all 5 – they were kind of beat up, but still readable. Not only did he want to buy them, but if I was willing to hold them for him for 24 hours he would pay me not $5 but $10! Easy decision, since he was the only one offering me any money for them. (Interestingly, this was not the first, or even second, but the THIRD time I have been offered more money than what I was asking for an item posted on CL.) And to sweeten the deal? I picked these books up last month at a yard sale on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The day had been rainy enough that I hadn’t even bothered to head out in search of yard sales that morning. But, when out running errands later that day I saw a sign for a neighborhood sale I had noticed on CL the night before (and had been planning to go to that morning before being rained out). Since the sign was up, the rain had let up, and they were supposed to be Saturday-only sales, I decided to check it out. And, yes. There were several sales still going on. At the sale with these books the people were obviously ready to be done. I was told that everything under the canopy was free. So, I grabbed these 5 books, the newest hardback in the same series (which I have already sold on half.com), a book from the Twilight series, and a pair of maternity pants. Freebies = free money, yay! (In fact, now I wish I would have taken even more of the books – she also had a bunch of Sue Grafton novels – but, since they were free, I didn’t want to seem greedy.)
And, it is a small world. Because I just sold the above games via a CL ad to someone I went to high school with! A year or two ago one of my mommy friends from my son’s playgroup posted an ad for a jogging stroller and one of the other mommies in the same playgroup answered it. It was kind of odd and kind of funny. We all laughed about it. But it is weird when it happens to you. (And just to add up the random facts: we live in a town of about 150,000 people, around 4 hours away from where we grew up. She now lives about a mile away from me. And we actually just got our kiddos together for a play date for the first time ever last month.) Love the random. Anyway, I had bought a bunch of these games when I was able to get them inexpensively a year or two ago. She was happy to buy them and will use them with some kids she works with. Win/win.
Birthday supplies. I’ve started picking up napkins, plates, signs etc., when I can find them brand new, in unopened packages for a quarter each. I also picked up the train cake pans for $1.
Costumes! $2 each. Unfortunately, I seem to have already lost the fireman’s hat. I remember setting the outfit down when I dug my money out, and I am guessing I must have left the hat behind. And I have no idea where the yard sale was, so I can’t go back for it. Bummer.
Boy’s Keen sandals: $10. They looked brand new. I picked these up because I have a friend who told me she has been looking on Craigslist for this exact item. (The sale was even in her neighborhood!) She is out of the country right now, so I went ahead and picked them up. If she no longer needs them I figure I can sell them for at least as much as I paid for them.
Misc toys my son picked out, mostly a quarter each. 50 cents total for all the sand toys.
Veggie Tales toys. $2 total. I can’t find a piano on eBay (open or closed listings) so I may put it up and see how it does.
We’ve been wanting a new book shelf (or DVD shelf) for my son. And, I couldn’t pass up the cute pre-schooler-sized bench. $20 total for both.
Free! Goodies from a free box. Tracks for my son’s hot wheels tracks, and a magnetic Dora car.
My friend found a few things too. Curtains for $3. She has been thinking about sewing her own – so she was pretty excited to find these to save herself the time, money and effort.
She also got a scrapbook for $4 (that she already has specific plans for), a workout VHS that was the only one in a series she was missing, a soap dish that matches some decor she already has, and (what I was most excited by) a really nice canvas bag she was given for free when she was buying these items at a yard sale and asked if they had anything she could put it in.
We spent the weekend with my husband’s family. When I went out to run an errand on Saturday afternoon I couldn’t help but stop by a couple yard sales on my way home. (Spent a whopping $2.75.)