Here are a few of my better or faster flips from the past couple weeks.
I was helping a patron this week at the library who was trying to track down the tattoo book above. While the library does own some tattoo books, our collection is never as big as we would like because (1) the books are generally expensive and (2) they are some of the most frequently stolen and/or never returned books.
The specific book he was looking for sells for over $200 on Amazon, and has one recent sale on eBay for almost $150.
Pretty much any tattoo books I come across I would give at least a second look. There are definitely some titles worth picking up. Check out some eBay completeds here.
Here are a few of my better or faster flips from the past couple weeks:
Yesterday I sold the following two items, both of which I had picked up at yard sales last Friday. Between the two sales I have already made back almost double what I spent the entire day, and I still have a bunch of other items from that day waiting to sell. Such a good feeling!
Starbucks Los Angeles Mug
Paid: $0.50 @ ys, Sold: $34.95 (2 days after listed)
‘Tis the season for bridesmaid dresses. I’ve sold quite a few recently.
Jackets have still been selling well, even though it is almost officially summer.
London Fog Coat
Paid: $2 @ VV, Sold: $39.95 (listed since Dec, 2017)
I had received a few low offers on these shoes, but I am glad I held out. They ended up selling for my full asking price.
Nike Flyknit Shoes
Paid: $3 @ ys, Sold: $69.95 + shipping (listed since September, 2017)
Lots of baby blankets have been selling.
Carter’s “My Sweet Baby” Blanket
Paid: $2 @ consigment sale, Sold: $24.95 (11 days after listed)
Garanimals Nautical Blanket
Paid: $3.19 @ VV, Sold: $24.95 (2 days after listed)
Folkmanis Peacock Puppet
Paid: $3.20 @ VV, BO Accepted: $30 (listed since March, 2018)
Winnie the Pooh Cloud B Soother
Paid: $2.39 @ VV, Sold: $39.95 (listed since April, 2018)
NEW Imation Neon Diskettes
Paid: $0.50 @ church rummage sale, Sold: $39.95 (5 days after listed)
Word Pictures In New Testament Set
Paid: $6 @ church rummage sale, Sold: $49.95 + shipping (listed since March, 2018)
Did you have any fun flips recently? I would love to hear about them!
Here are a few of my favorite flips from the past week.
Clothes will never be my favorite thing to sell, but they definitely help pay the bills. Whenever I find WHBM I take a second look. I don’t always buy it, but some of their pieces are really pretty, like this dress.
Paid: $2 @ VV, Sold on sale: $22.95 (11 days after listed)
I bought this jacket at a yard sale last summer where literally EVERYTHING cost a quarter!
VTG Lakers Men’s Jacket
Paid: $0.25 @ ys, Sold: $45.95 + shipping (listed since August, 2017)
Considering I never even figured out what brand this lovey was, it was a decent flip.
One of the mice had a flaw (torn/repaired foot),
otherwise I would have held out for more.
BIG Purple Granny Squares Quilt
Paid: $4.99 @ GW, BO Accepted: $40 + shipping (listed since July, 2017)
I got this mug out of a free box at a yard sale last summer.
Smokey the Bear Mug
Paid: $0.00 @ ys, Sold on sale: $32.15 (listed since August, 2017)
Did you have any fun sales this week? I’d love to hear about them!
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.
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.***
Here are some of my favorite sales of the past week.
I feel like I have to include clothing in this list because it is something I sell regularly, although it’s not my *favorite* thing to sell. I thought this jacket was really cute though, great for spring or Easter.
Build a Bear can still be one of my weaknesses. I love picking up the outfits, but they’re often not worth the amount of time I put into listing them. This is probably my best BABW sale recently.
I was super excited about these when I picked them up! I couldn’t believe someone was selling their P&P collection, obviously some effort was spent in collecting them and all the books looked/felt new. I knew it wouldn’t be a super fast flip, but I hope the person who receives them loves them!
Costumes sell all year long!
This sale is most notable because someone from Germany purchased it. I shipped it directly to him, not via GSP, but shipping was still pretty spendy.
The last two items I listed two days ago, and both sold within hours!
And the frog below currently has a 100% sell-through rate, which is kinda crazy. I listed it Wed night, it had sold by Thurs morning. Check out completeds here.
I’d love to hear about your favorite sale(s) of the week!
I am always curious to hear what others have sold via GSP. What do international buyers want so much that they are willing to paying for an item + the costly shipping charges? Here are the items that I have sold via GSP recently:
I have actually sold multiple Ikea plush internationally in the last couple years. I like to buy Ikea plush, but they can be really hit and miss. I’ve come across some that are selling for less than $10. On the other hand, I’ve sold some for $60-$75. In my experience the more realistic-looking plush animals have the potential to be worth more, the more character-y looking plush aren’t usually worth picking up. But there are always exceptions, so I look up every Ikea plush I come across.
Paid: $2.99 @ VV, Sold: $34.95
I went to a yard sale last summer that was the remnants of a used bookstore. They probably had thousands of paperback books in boxes, all for a quarter each. It was kinda overwhelming. Most weren’t in great shape. This was the only book I picked up there.
I paid full retail for this votive holder at a PartyLite party a friend hosted years ago, because of course I felt like I had to buy something. It’s pretty, but years later it was still sitting unused in the box it came in.
I SUPER DUPER loved this show! Still feel a bit resentful that it was canceled when/how it was. And that they have only ever released the first season on DVD. Again I paid retail for this because I bought it as a gift for someone, then decided to give something else instead. I lost money on this one in the whole scheme of things, since it wasn’t originally purchased with the intent to resell.
Build A Bear Brown Bunny
Paid: $1.39 @ VV, Sold: $24.95
Do you sell via GSP? If so, what kinds of things actually sell for you?
One of my favorite things about my “eBay job” is that I can listen to audiobooks while I work. Depending on the length of the books and how much I am enjoying them, I can get through a book or two a week. Below are the books I “read” in January.
I enjoy YA books, and this includes 12 short stories by current popular YA authors. I enjoyed some more than others, but overall it was a fun read.
This was my bookclub’s choice for January. We picked it because it was supposed to be uplifting. So, I was surprised when reading it to discover that it is about a man who is depressed after the death of his wife and loss of his job and he decides to commit suicide. But darn it anyway, his intrusive new neighbors keep interrupting his many attempts. Sad in parts, but also heartwarming. I think my entire book club enjoyed it (and it’s rare for us all to agree).
This one was a bit of a dud for me. I’ve watched the first season or two of Girls and liked it alright. I was interested in reading about how she became a writer/director/producer at such a young age, but she doesn’t talk about that at all. But if you want to hear about her privileged upbringing with artsy parents, summer camp adventures, a bunch of random sexual encounters and casual drug use, or what she eats when she is on a diet, then she’s got you covered.
Book number four in the Lisbeth Salander/Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. It has been several years since I read the first three so if there was a big difference in the style of writing with the new author I didn’t notice it. Enjoyable enough, nice to revisit familiar characters.
A short, rather lovely story about a lonely widow and widower who are neighbors forming a friendship and spending their nights together talking and finding companionship. I think knowing that the author was not in good health (and has since passed away) while writing the book makes its themes all the more impactful.
A book about how the internet and online dating has changed how people now date and find their partners. Interesting and sporadically funny, but also made me glad to have mostly missed out on all the newfangled dating options in the digital age.
I loved John Grisham in high school and college, but it’s probably been close to a decade since I’ve read one of his books. A not altogether likeable main character (lawyer) involved in a bunch of (I fear, ripped-from-the headlines, based on actual awful/horrifying events) law cases. It bounces around quite a bit among the different cases which took me awhile to get used to, but overall an enjoyable read.
I love NPH! Loved HIMYM (you know, except for that awful finale), love love love musical theater and enjoyed reading about all of the plays he has done and all of his hosting gigs. Enjoyed reading about his husband and kids. A fun book.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Or have you read anything else good lately? Do tell! I am always up for a book recommendation.
My second grader is going through a huge Roald Dahl phase right now (reading a bunch of Dahl’s books and several biographies on Dahl), and this morning at breakfast he was trying to list as many Roald Dahl books as he could remember off the top of his head. He mentioned Gremlins, and asked if it was one I had read as a kid. Uhhhh, Gremlins? I’ve heard of the movie of course, but never a Roald Dahl book with that title. So, I looked it up, and whaddyaknow, he knew exactly what he was talking about. Not only is there a Roald Dahl book with that title, it can be worth quite a bit of money! The selling amount of course varies depending on edition. Check out eBay completeds and current listings on Amazon. Definitely going on my BOLO list!