A friend and I were reminiscing recently about the lovely plastic charms from the 80s. (She is a second grade teacher and one of her students came to school wearing her mom’s charms.) She was saying with regret that she no longer had her charms, but I was happy to report that I still have mine! They are one of the only toys I have saved from my own childhood, and I won’t part with them. But, of course I was curious what they might fetch on eBay. Check out completeds HERE! I will certainly be keeping an eye out this summer at yard sales in case anyone else is ready to part with a piece of their childhood.
Aren’t they beautifully ugly?!
I’ve heard about Dam trolls from other eBayers, so they are a BOLO that has been in the back of my mind for years. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago as I continued on my quest to get all of my backlogged inventory listed. I found the two trolls above in a tote filled with plush. As I was photographing them I found the Dam marking on the back of both of their necks. Yay!
These trolls are pretty big, both measure 14″ tall and are jointed. I wasn’t exactly sure what they were worth, so I decided to list them at auction. I started the bidding at $49.95, and they ended up selling for $59 + shipping. Since they had literally been hanging out in a tote for several years (I know!) I was happy with that.
BUT – some can sell for a lot more! Check out completeds HERE.
Here’s a brand that I have yet to find in the wild, but is at the top of my BOLO list. As I type, there are 146 active listings and 373 sold. That’s an awesome sell-through rate! Check out INKnBURN completeds HERE.
Ibex is a brand I wish I came across more ~ I am always really happy when I do! Both of the items below were used, but still sold quickly and with a nice return.
Ibex Brown Jacket
Paid: $2 @ VV, Sold: $39.95 + shipping (same week as listed)
Sale prices can go even higher. Check out some COMPLETEDS HERE.
So, I was going through a box of old, neglected inventory a couple weeks ago and came across a plush school bus. While doing a bit of research I discovered that Liz, the Lizard from the Magic School Bus, can be a good flip. Check out completeds HERE.
I didn’t find much info on generic looking plush school buses in my research. I honestly have no idea how long I have had it, or how much I paid for it, so I listed it for $14.95, hoping for a quick flip. And quick it was – it sold the same afternoon I listed it.
Which actually jogged a distant memory. I have listed a school bus or two in the past, and they have all actually sold quickly. In fact, I remember one of the buyers e-mailing me asking if I had any other school bus items because he was a collector. And the buyer of the plush above had “schoolbus” as part of their eBay ID, leading me to believe they are also a fan or a collector of school buses. I’m not saying I would buy everything having to do with school buses, but I’d certainly at least give them a second look. Like some of these TOYS. And you can even sell REAL SCHOOL BUSES on eBay. Of course!
This one is on my own personal BOLO bucket list.
I have yet to find one yet, but boy do I want to! Check out completeds HERE.
There seem to be two different versions of the Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube. My best guess is that the version above is the older style. It seems to be more rare, which means it generally sells for more on eBay.
I found the above cube at a thrift a few weeks ago. And I left it behind!! I was being super picky with what I bought because I knew the store was having a 50% off *everything* sale a couple days later (the first of its kind as far as I know, usually this particular store only does 50% off clothes/bed/bath). So there were several things I had been eyeballing that I was hoping would still be there when the sale rolled around. Luckily, the toy was still there, and this time I looked it up, and quickly put it in my cart!
It sold two days after I listed it, and the buyer actually messaged me hoping I had more of them I could also sell him. (I wish I did!) Even the used ones of this style seem to sell consistently. Happy hunting!
I’ve started dabbling in auctions. In part just to mix things up, in part because I get 500 free every month and I hate to see them entirely go to waste. A couple weeks ago I pulled a tote of unlisted inventory out of my garage. I was pleasantly surprised to find some really good items in it. One was a vintage Cabbage Patch doll. I don’t know a lot about CPK, but I do know that the soft sculpture (cloth face) dolls sell for the most. I have sold two in the past, for around $75-$100/ea. In the tote I found this doll:
I bought her and another soft sculpture CPK at the same time from a FB kids sales site. I paid $10 for the other doll, and sold it back in September, 2015. It was in excellent condition. This one I only paid $5 for. It was still in nice condition, but had some marks/spots on it, so I procrastinated listing it … for TWO YEARS.
Fast forward to two weeks ago, I listed it at 7-day auction for $49.95. A minute after listing I got an e-mail inquiry asking if I would add a BIN price. Less than a minute after that the listing got its first bid. At first I was a bit both confused and slightly irritated wondering why they bid if they wanted me to add a BIN? Then I realized it was someone else who had bid. Within a couple minutes I had four watchers. Ten minutes after that it was up to 11 watchers. I got several more inquiries about adding a BIN price and one outright asking me to cancel the auction and sell it to them for $250.
I’ve never had an auction with so much interest before. I decided to let it ride.
The gal who bought her e-mailed me immediately, she was SUPER excited! We traded several e-mails over the past few days. My impression from her is that doll was more sought after than some others because of the hair color and year of production.
And I just got the note below:
Hi Kari, My super cute baby just arrived safe and sound. I love her. I do want to name her Kari Lynn if you don’t mind. We are going to Georgia the end of August. We will only be one hour from BabyLand, so I will take her to bathcamp. I’m a little afraid to try and clean her myself. You can be sure she will have a good loving home. Thank you. Please have a good day. Best Always, xxx
Love the good flip, but also love that the buyer is so happy to have her. ♥
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!