It has been a long time since I’ve shared some of the items I have sold. Plush is still my favorite, of course. Here are a few of my recent-ish plush sales:
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!
Halloween sales – some of my favorites!
For the costumes below I probably paid around $2/each.
Hulk Costume, Sold: $29.95 (new)
Superman Costume, Sold: $19.95 (new)
White Shaggy Dog Costume, Sold: $24.95 (used)
And some costumes I paid a little more for:
And a few other Halloween items:
Nerd Accessory Kit
Paid: $0.30, Sold: $14.95 (I sold two of these)
And some Halloween baskets (I probably paid $1 or so for these):
Plush Pooh Basket, Sold: $24.95
And some things I bought on clearance after Halloween in 2013 –
and was glad to FINALLY see go! (I probably paid $2 or less each.)
Halloween Party Supplies, Sold: $24.95
Scooby Doo Jack-O-Lantern, Sold: $39.95
(I sold two of these)
Possessed Portrait, Sold: $34.95
(I sold two of these – to the same person.)
Charlie Brown LED Light-Up Canvas, Sold: $24.95
I also sold other Halloween costumes, decor, plush, shirts, make-up, tattoos, etc.
It’s such fun!
Did you have any fun Halloween sales this year?
October was the round two for consignment sale season around here (round one being in April). There are two big consignment sales that operate in my area. I shop the JBF sale, and both consign and shop at a the second (local) sale. Below are some of the items I purchased for resale that have already sold.
And a consignment sale mystery item. I picked up the crab below for $1. It says Mattel Disney 2010 on the bottom, but darned if I can figure out what it is from. The only Disney crab I am familiar with is Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, but I don’t think he looks quite right. Anybody recognize it as something else?
More than a place to sell stuff. More than a place to make a little extra money or make a living. Sometimes it can make a difference to someone in ways you would never imagine.
Most of you probably already know that I e-mail my buyers after their packages have shipped to let them know they are on their way (this is mostly self-serving because I ship quickly and like to emphasize the point). I often get thank you e-mails back, and some include why a buyer has purchased this or that, and I will share some of those stories every six months or so in a post on my blog. I decided this one deserved a post of its own.
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of the butterfly effect, and I think of my packages being sent all over the country or sometimes the world, and the ripples they make in the lives of other people. I love hearing and knowing about how seemingly simple items can bring such joy.
Hello, I am the person that bought your snake rattle. Just wanted you to know who it was bought for…my son, he is 21, but has a disease called Mitochondrial disease—he cannot walk or talk and is severely developmentally delayed, has a g-tube and seizures. When he was about 3, his Grandma bought him that snake from the Disney store, mostly because he could actually hold it and liked the little rattle noise it made, we kept it with him and even went to bed with him. She was my husband’s mother, very sadly she passed away from breast cancer 15 years ago. That snake has been come so worn out from him—it came with him to many hospital visits over the years. (I would bring it, because if he reached out to grab it, I knew he was getting better and would be ok).
The other day I noticed the snakes head was about to come off and the hole by the eyes was getting bigger—I have had it sewn up a few times but knew there wasn’t much left to hold it together. So, I decided to go to the internet (I am not a very good computer person) and that is how I found you! I couldn’t believe my eyes…so your snake is going to a very good home and will keep Grandma’s memory alive for many more years!
(I would send you a picture of what our snake looks like—but I don’t really know how to do that—my other boys always make fun of me for my ‘lack’ of computer skills)
Hope you don’t mind that I shared our story with you———
Heartwarming to know we can bring this kind of happiness to our buyers. Makes you wonder how many stories like this are out there that we never even hear about.
As a side note, this is Kaa, the snake from the Jungle Book, which is worth a second look if you ever come across one. Check out some completeds here.
I remember reading somewhere, at some point, that Heffalumps can be good sellers. Heffalumps, for those who may not recall, are the “scary” elephant-ish creatures from Winnie the Pooh. I found the Heffalump Bee above at a Goodwill earlier this year. It wasn’t very big – approx 9″ long x 5″ tall. It took about five months to sell, but I am happy with that. They were originally sold in Disney Parks, and come in a variety of colors. Check out completeds HERE.
|***photo borrowed from completed eBay listing***|
The above picture is Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula’s eels in The Little Mermaid. It’s not just the plush that sell well, also the pins, Vinylmation, probably anything you find that has them on it would be worth taking a look at. Check out completeds here.
Sales are hopping! At the risk of totally jinxing myself, the last few days have been great. I had planned to get some listing done this morning but never got to it because I had so many items to get packaged up – a good problem to have. This is the first really good streak I’ve had this year, surpassing my loose goals of 5 sales (or $100+ in sales) per day.
Here are a few of my favorites from this week:
|Cleo Pinocchio Plush
Paid: $4 @ consignment sale, Sold: $29.95 (listed since October, 2014)
I listed a bunch of footie pajama lots in November (I’d guess at least 10 different lots, maybe more) and every single one of them has already sold. The ones below I took out of my youngest son’s dresser last week. He hasn’t been wearing them, is close to outgrowing them, and I figured I might as well get them listed before winter is over.
|8 Pairs of Carters Footie PJs, size 3T
Paid: $8ish total @ various yard sales, Sold: $34.95 (3 days after listing)
Costumes sell all year long! Whenever I find toddler-sized Old Navy costumes I always look them up. Some of them can sell for pretty good money. Baby sizes not as much (although there are always exceptions, like the cheeseburger costume I sold for $50 last October).
|Old Navy Chicken Costume, size 5T
Paid: $7? @ consignment sale, Sold: $44.95 (listed since October, 2014)
I bought this hat last summer at a friend’s yard sale. I go to enough yard sales that several times each summer I wind up at yard sales of people I know. I’m not a fan. Either I feel bad because they don’t have anything I want to buy (and I feel like I should buy something), or they know I resell, and I don’t want them feeling like I’m trying to make a buck off of them. Awkward.
|VTG Smokey the Bear Snapback Hat
Paid: $1 @ ys, Sold: $39.95 (listed since November, 2014)
More maternity clothes, no surprise. This particular skirt is an Australian brand.
|Ripe Maternity Jean Skirt
Paid: $1 @ consignment store, Sold: $27.95 (listed since September, 2014)
And an honorable mention too! I have had this hanging around for-ev-er and had been waffling between listing and redonating it for months (it’s from the ’80s and shows its age a bit).
|Snuffleupagus (Sesame Street) Christmas Stocking
Paid: $0.25? @ ys, Sold: $24.95 (5 days after listing)