I think I feel the need to report it every time this happens, which is silly. I live in a town of 150K+ people, so two or three times a year I sell something on eBay to someone who lives in the same town as me. Last night I was shipping items and up popped an address in my town. Out of curiosity I looked it up, and it is 3.1 miles from where I live. A tad further away than the Post Office it will be dropped off at, but not by much. Still curious (and at the risk of sounding like a stalker) I put the buyer’s name in FB and, whaddya know, we have a couple FB friends in common. It’s a small, small world.
Of course I thrifted my boys’ costumes, and was able to pick them up for $2/each! + $6 for the Rocket mask on Amazon. Whadda deal.
I love selling Halloween costumes, and usually sell a bunch, but it doesn’t seem like I have sold as many this year. The ones below I sold in the $15-$35 range:
I guess that was quite a few costumes, and for a few I sold multiple of the same costume. Usually I have a handful of higher-selling costumes (in the $50-$100+ range) but this year notsomuch. Costumes are fun though, something I really enjoy selling all year long.
P.S. I did get the following cute note with the costume below:
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So, I found the above “sheet”. Quotes, because when I laid it out to photograph, I realized although the material feels like a sheet, it is two sided/stitched together. Just over 50″ wide, open at the bottom with 5 buttons along the edge to secure it.
What the heck? It’s well done. It looks like it could have been manufactured this way, but maybe it was someone’s craft project? For what reason? Any idea what it might be used for?
Should I confess that I only used last quarter’s coupon yesterday? And that I ridiculously missed out on the first one altogether due to procrastination? Well, it’s not happening this time! I am looking forward to using my new coupon.
Yesterday I ordered (with Q3’s coupon) 100 8.5×10.75 air mailers and 25 12x10x8 boxes for a grand total of $49.97 (aka, free!).
What have you ordered in the past? What are you planning to order this time? I’d love to hear what works well, and what not so great. I’ve heard, for example, that the tape isn’t the best. True?
“Free” shipping supplies, hooray! And Q4, hooray hooray! Bring on the busy season!
When it’s a golf club cover! Of course?
I bought this for $1 at a yard sale over the summer, assuming it was a puppet. I listed it soon after and was surprised when I was doing my research that it wasn’t a puppet at all, but instead it was a golf club cover. It sold a couple weeks later for around $20.
Fast forward a couple weeks and I was listing this goldfish.
A puppet, right? The thing is, with this brand (Daphne) you will find a bunch actually listed (incorrectly) as puppets, so when doing my research I assumed that’s what it was. But something didn’t seem quite right, as there was no way to make the mouth move, etc. It oh-so-slowly dawned on me that it is also a golf club cover. Yes, I did buy them both at the same yard sale. Yes, I should have figured it out much more quickly than I did.
The kinda funny thing is that when looking at all the Daphne “puppets” listed I actually recognized a tiger that I have sold in the past . . . as a puppet. Whoopsy.
No big surprise, but when searching completeds for golf club covers, Disney characters seem to consistently sell for the most.
Have you ever bought anything assuming you knew what it was, and found out it was something else entirely? Do tell!
Tis the season for selling costumes. Chasing Fireflies is a great brand to keep an eye out for. Check out completeds HERE.
Anybody recognize this guy? I have had luck in the past selling these character potholders, so I picked him up. I thought he would be easy to ID, but so far no luck. It is dated 1989.
Are my blog friends still out there? Both my boys started back to school last week. They are both in full-day school now, so I am giving myself a year to eBay full time and see how it goes. I’ve been thinking about writing more here, if there is anyone left to read it. I was so busy over the summer I wasn’t reading eBay blogs either, but I would like to get back to it. If you know of any new good ones (or oldies but goodies I may have missed) please let me know!
Update / P.S.
Can anyone tell me what kind (breed) of dog is this? It’s a My Twinn Poseable Pet, absolutely beautiful, and I can’t find another like it.
And I’m not talking about footwear.
We are currently visiting my brother’s family in the UK. Knowing my love of yard sales, my brother decided to treat me to their version! Basically, sellers all come to the same predetermined field and sell their goods next to their cars. Of course I loved it.
It was an interesting experience. Other than the fact that they were all in the same place (which is awesome), it wasn’t that different than yard saling in the states. An interesting mix of kids items, baby gear, tools, housewares, books, tons of DVDs, etc. I noticed a couple different people selling new in package items, one selling vegetables, but the majority seemed very yard sale-y. Most stuff wasn’t priced, which was kind of frustrating, but the things that were priced seemed super cheap.
If we didn’t have to worry about getting things home on the plane there were more than a few things I would have been interested in buying. (We pack super light, even with the kiddos – carry on only!) But even at that I couldn’t pass up this canvas at only 50 pence. (The seller said she was moving to Egypt, and was practically giving things away.) I can’t wait to hang it on our wall, but getting it home is going to be a pain.
All summer my oldest has been collecting the books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He now owns all but #2 and #10. He asked me to keep an eye out for them. I thought it was a long shot, but whaddya know:
Long story not so short:
Last week I did my normal thrift store run. Both of my boys are out of school for the summer, but my husband was off that day so they were able to hang out at home with him. I left the house early because I needed to stop by a different store on the way to pick a birthday present for a party I was taking my youngest to that started at noon. While in that store I realized I had left my phone at home on the charger.
I look up a lot of things on my phone while thrifting. I was about half way between my house and the thrift store. If it was any other day I probably would have gone back for my phone (I like getting to the thrift right when it opens on clearance day, but the benefit of having the phone would usually be worth being behind schedule by 20 minutes or so). But, since I was already working against a short timeline because of the birthday party, I decided to wing it. Thrifting without a phone will only make me faster, right?
The reality was, I bought more stuff without my phone. I haven’t finished listing it all, but I know that I bought more low-value items than I usually would have. Things that on another day I would have looked up and then had the discipline to put back on the rack because the profit would only be $8-$10 somehow made it into my cart. Fun/easy things that I enjoy listing, so it’s not all bad. But still.
There were also several things that I really wish I could have looked up. Like the oh-so-beautiful purple rabbit? (is it a rabbit?) above.
It’s funny how my brain works. I didn’t have my phone so I couldn’t look it up. So I thought, I’ll just take a picture of it and look it up later. WAIT. I don’t have my phone! I should text my husband so he knows I don’t have my phone with me. WAIT. I don’t have my phone! OHMIGOSH, when did I become so darn dependent on my phone?! But I so am.
Since I didn’t have my phone with me I scrawled “Rushton purple bunny” on a scrap of paper and shoved it in my purse. As luck would have it, I actually cleaned out my purse the next day. And even at that, I stared at the piece of paper for a long minute not sure what in the heck the note meant. But, it eventually clicked, and I looked up Rushton plush. Check out some completeds here.
No sign of the purple “bunny” in current or completed listings, but the potential for that brand got me out the door and headed back to the thrift to see if the plush was still there. I thought the odds were in my favor, and I was right, it was still there. While it seems that the Rushton plush that sell for the most money have rubber faces (and mine does not), I am still going to list it high and see if anyone bites. Worth a try, right?
Have you come across any random thrift store scores recently? I’d love to hear about them!
P.S. My apologies for the long break in posting. I have been trying to up my sales by posting at least 10 new listings a day, and between getting all the photos taken and listings listed and sold items shipped and normal life thrown in too, it doesn’t leave a lot of extra time. I hope to post occasionally during the summer, and once we hit fall both of my boys will be in school all day (SO weird!) and maybe I will be able to post on a semi-regular schedule. I can dream, right? Several people e-mailed me to check in over the last couple months because I wasn’t posting, which was so very kind and appreciated! All is well, just busy. Thanks friends. 🙂