Over a year ago I mentioned LuLaRoe as a BOLO. At the time my SIL was in the process of signing up as a consultant. Fast forward a year and she has a FB group of over 1200 people who shop with her, and she “cruise qualified” her first year (she and my brother just got back from a LuLaRoe Caribbean cruise a couple weeks ago). Direct sales is not at all my thing (I much prefer the anonymity of eBay), but she is amazing. I was talking to her a week or so ago, and she told me that LuLaRoe recently announced a collaboration line with Disney. It’s going to be hot, hot, hot! It’s not even out yet, so it won’t be showing up in thrift stores anytime soon, but if you’re invited to any LuLaRoe parties in the next few months keep an eye out!
I went on an end of the year field trip with my third-grader last week. His class has been working on a big history project, so we visited some historical landmarks. We live in Oregon, so of course talk of the Oregon Trail came up. Which got all of the parents reminiscing about playing the Oregon Trail computer game back in our own school days. Someone mentioned that it has been re-released in updated formats, so I thought it might be a fun game to buy for my boys to play over the summer. If I luck across one at a yard sale we will keep it, but I can’t see myself paying these prices:
Honestly, I would probably take a second look at any version I came across. Happy hunting!
Here’s another BOLO I picked up from working the Reference Desk. A patron was asking about Dean Koontz books. THIS is my favorite website for getting lists of authors’ books, it’s especially great for figuring out the order of a series. When I pulled up the Dean Koontz page I noticed that there was an entire section of pseudonyms that Dean Koontz has written under. News to me. Noticing a woman’s name, I was curious and looked it up on Amazon. Impressed by the listed prices of the books, I then switched to eBay to see if any of the books were actually selling for high prices. Here are links to solds to some of Dean Koontz’s pseudonyms:
Of course I was curious both about why Dean Koontz had so many pseudonyms I had never heard of, and why the books published under those names were so valuable. I did a little research. It turns out when he first started writing he wrote in several different genres (sci fi, horror, etc) and at the advice of his editors he published his books of different genres under different names. Once his books started to become bestsellers he started to write under his own name consistently.
And the reason why the older books are worth so much? For many of them, Koontz bought back the rights so that they cannot be republished. Interesting, no?
Something fun to keep an eye out for at yard sales this summer.
In my “real life” I am a reference librarian at a public library. It’s an interesting job, no two days are ever alike. I always say it’s not my job to know everything, but it is my job to know how/where to find the answer to any question. Patrons can walk up and literally ask anything. Occasionally I even get questions about eBay.
Yesterday afternoon at work a patron asked me to help him research Marx airplanes on eBay. What did I know about Marx airplanes before yesterday? Nada. But I now know that Marx was a toy manufacturer from 1919-1978, and was most popular in the ’50s. It produced a range of products, not just planes. And many of those items are still sought after by collectors today. I also learned that some sellers read the logo as “Mar” instead of “Marx”, and therefore list it incorrectly. Looking at the logo below, I think it’s an understandable mistake.
Check out some Marx airplane completeds HERE.
The Popeye plane also caught my eye, and after doing a bit of research I realized Marx had a number of Popeye products.
Check out Popeye completeds HERE.
Outside my normal scope of thrifting/flipping, so something I never would have looked at twice. Happy hunting!
Sesame Street has a new character. Her name is Julia, and she has autism. A very limited number of Julia books and plush have been released. My understanding is that they have all been given out as gifts/prizes, and have not been sold. If you’re lucky enough to find one now, snap it up! Check out completeds HERE.
***In the future I am sure there will be a mainstream store release of Julia items, at which time the value will go down dramatically. I would always recommend looking up “BOLOs” before purchasing, to determine the current value.***
This is a brand I just stumbled across in the thrift one day, but it seems to consistently sell well. It is called Sympli, and it is made in Canada. Not all pieces sell for top dollar, but it’s definitely something I will keep on my radar. Check out completeds HERE.
I like to quickly flip through the PJ section at my favorite thrift. It’s really small, so it takes less than a minute. I am usually just scanning for Nick & Nora pajama sets. But, I have recently added a brand of pajamas I am keeping an eye out for: BedHead. Not as easily found, but definitely worth taking a look at if you come across them! Check out BedHead completeds HERE.
What brand(s) of pajamas do you like to flip?
When I first started selling on eBay I sold a number of Victoria’s Secret plush dogs. Maybe they were worth more then? Maybe it was just something that was easy for me to recognize, so I would always buy them? It’s been ages since I’ve picked any up. I found some on clearance at my favorite thrift this week, and looked them up. Even on clearance they weren’t worth flipping, so I left them behind.
But as I did a little research it did catch my eye that the denim plush dog could be worth picking up.
Check out completeds HERE.
I love to sell plush, and something high on my wanna-find-one-day BOLO list is a character (any character!) from the Secret of Nimh. Check out plush completeds here. Super score if you find an animation cel, and even the old metal lunchboxes sell well. Honestly, I would take a moment to look up anything with these characters to see if it might be worth picking up. Happy hunting!
Tis the season for selling costumes. Chasing Fireflies is a great brand to keep an eye out for. Check out completeds HERE.