but should have! Vintage Disney sheets . . . I picked them up to look at them several times while at the Goodwill all the way across town this morning, but each time put them back on the rack . . .$3. Should have taken the chance.
Just spent a disproportionate amount of the day listing stuff on eBay. Trying to take advantage of the free listings. I now have 59 active listings. For me, that is a LOT! Especially since it was just two days ago that I only had four. Wonder if I’ll get some good sales, or if I’ve just wasted my day. Time will tell I guess . . .
Hoping to be busy shipping stuff (already have one sale I need to package up), but am also happy that I am out of free listings so I can take that off my to-do list for the rest of the month.
Tonight I was working on updating some Craigslist listings. There was one item I couldn’t remember if I had already listed and rather than scroll through my listings I searched for it on the Craigslist site. I found my listing as well as the same item listed by someone else. Out of idle curiosity I clicked on their link and took a look at their listing. Their last line read:
Selling several other items for children, for all my sales search keyword: J47
Brilliant!!! This may be Craigslist common knowledge, but I have somehow never run across it. I always have stuff listed on Craigslist, more at some times than others. Right now I have a lot listed and more to list because of Halloween (time to purge the costumes I’ve been collecting!) and because I had been collecting/amassing/hoarding a bunch of items for a consignment sale scheduled for this month that has been canceled (boo!). So, I’ve also been listing some of the now non-consignment sale items. I want them out of my house.
This has been a good Craigslist week for me, so far. I’ve sold six items in the last four days, and have another sale scheduled for tomorrow. One of those sales and another one potentially happening on Friday included the buyer asking what other kids items I had for sale. And I didn’t have a good answer for them – too many to easily share, enough that it’s hard to keep track of it all. But not anymore! I am updating all of my listings with a code of my own, and will be sending a follow-up e-mail to both who inquired. Will it affect my sales? No idea. But for now, I’m loving it.
Almost every Monday for the past couple months I have been visiting Value Village. I’m not sure how widespread Value Villages are, but they are similar to Goodwill. I actually like Value Village a lot better. Mondays are the days that they switch the color of the discount tags. In the past they have had one 50% off color and one 99 cent color on Mondays. Until today. This was their first day of their new Monday sales strategy – there is still the 50% off color tag (today’s was purple), and all other used merchandise is 25% off. But no more 99 cent tags. When I first heard this last week I was really bummed. I love searching for the 99 cent tags! And I’m not really sure how getting rid of the 99 cent tags benefits them, because I always assumed it was their last ditch effort to move stuff that wouldn’t sell otherwise. And, I wondered, how much would I use the 25% off sale anyway? (Because I’m so cheap that I still shop the sale/clearance racks, even at thrift shops!) Well, it turns out today I used the 25% off on everything I bought!
I rarely see Thomas items there – not sure if that’s because they don’t come around much or if they just get bought right away. Six of the above bags were $2.99/ea, one was $3.99 (before the discount). It was a mix of the metal and wooden trains. Whoever bagged them up knows nothing about Thomas or just doesn’t care because without exception the trains and their tenders were in different bags. Many of them are kind of dirty – some really dirty. Yuck.
I also bought this vintage Fisher Price Activity Center. It’s in pretty good shape. I may keep it for my little one and then sell it when we’re done with it. Looks like I can make a small profit on it. (My discounted price was $3.75.)
And books! Picture books are normally 59 cents each, buy four and get the fifth free. I bought 15. I’ve been working on some Barbie and Disney Princess book lots, so these should round them out nicely.
Twice a year where I live there is a sale called “Bellies, Babies & Beyond.” It’s not exactly a consignment sale – at least it’s not like the mega-sales everyone else seems to have access to. This is more like a flea market with a bunch of different kid-themed-booths packed into the gym of a high school. Like a bunch of mini yard sales all in the same location – everyone selling their own stuff, marked with their own pricing. You can haggle if you’re so inclined. It’s a fund raiser for a local school. The folks selling their stuff have to pay a fee, and there is a $2 admission at the door. It only runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it’s usually packed. Anyway, as a bargain lover I always look forward to it, and was there shortly after they opened the doors, two kids in tow (while my husband was at work). Here’s what we (my son, mostly) found:
Toys! Handy Manny’s toolbox was $3. Mac with trailer was $1. Bob the Builder toy $1. Dinosaur Little People (5 piece) set $1.50. Robot from Toy Story $1. Princess Fiona $0.25. A character from Kung Fu Panda was free. These were all things my son picked out. The tool box and Mac he will probably get to keep. The Bob the Builder toy, dinosaurs, and robot will probably eventually go into some toy lots that I am building up (but he’ll have fun playing with them in the meantime).
Footy pajamas, 4T, $1 each. I buy almost all of my kids clothes from yard sales, but for some reason PJs are the one thing I don’t always find enough of. My son really seems to like the one pair of footy pajamas he has right now, so I was happy to find these.
A skunk costume! Size 6-9 months, $3. I was keeping an eye out, trying to find something for the baby. This one won me over – on the back side it says “little stinker” which I thought was really cute (it’s hard to see in the picture). Plus, I don’t see a lot of (any?) skunk costumes, which might make it easier to re-sell next year.
$20 $18. I looked at this a couple times as I was walking around (I usually make at least a couple laps through the gym – it’s so much to take in, it’s easy to miss things.) We already have an Exersaucer for the little one, and $18 isn’t super cheap, but when I would look at it I saw money hanging off of it. It has lots of Switch A Roos, and nice ones. (I bought an Exersaucer for $5 at a yard sale this summer and pieced it out and made a decent profit.) I actually like this one so much I may get rid of the one we already have, and hold on to this one until my son outgrows it. It was priced at $20, but after I handed the seller a $20, she said she’d give me a discount and handed a couple dollars back. Who am I to argue that? And then, being even nicer, she abandoned her booth and carried it out to my car for me! (She could tell it would be a bit of a challenge for me because I had a bag of goodies over one arm, a baby strapped to my chest, and a three-year-old to keep track of.) That’s customer service!
After the big sale we stopped at one church rummage sale that we had passed on our drive over. I bought a Blues Clues wheeled suitcase (50 cents), some Winnie the Pooh dollhouse furniture (50 cents), Sorry (75 cents), Chip and Dale train car (ten cents and kept my son entertained the entire time we were there – great investment!) I will try to resell the suitcase and Pooh furniture.
Today’s was called Mother Goose Consignment.
|There is a clearance “room”. Basically a big closet with totes on the floor to rummage through.
But, everything in there is only a quarter! Picked up some clothes for the boys, and a puppet.
|Books are also a quarter, unless “otherwise marked.”
I was able to find some really nice ones!
We also picked up a battery operated Emily train ($4) for Hinton.
(Who knows where it has gotten off to!)
At the next yard sale I found a couple toys that are definitely “vintage”. The first I have not found on eBay or anywhere else online during my initial searching. As my husband says, I wonder if that means it’s priceless or worthless?
These I bought at the same yard sale, although I waffled on them at first and decided to go back for them. The only reason I gave them a second look is because there was a big sign next to them that read “1970s Sunshine Family, $5 for all.” I thought, what the heck, worth a try. I took them up to pay for them and the woman selling them let out an, “Ohhhh,” like she wasn’t sure she really wanted to sell them. And the she perked up and said, “You should look these up on eBay! You could probably sell them, for like, 45 bucks!” Interestingly, it looks like I will make more money selling them in sets of 2 than all together.
|Vintage Farmer Little People|
|Bert & Ernie Play Town|
|Fur Berries – Cherry|
Another weekend of yard sale-ing is complete. This weekend I went out with a new focus. I’ve been coming home with a lot of stuff this summer, but too much of it is hanging around our house. This weekend my goal was 25% stuff to keep, 75% stuff to re-sell. And if that means we don’t buy much, well, half the fun is the hunt anyway, right?
Consisted mostly of books. I know they aren’t wonderful sellers on eBay unless you have really big lots, but I can’t seem to help myself. What can I say, I love books. Ranged in price from 10 cents to 50 cents.
|Rolling backpack was $1 and is for my son.|
|$1, to replace the pool we had that cracked.|
|Felt board Thomas $3. Will sell when my son is tired of playing with it/forgets about it.|
I grabbed the Exersaucer below as an afterthought at one of the last yard sales I was at. $5. A few of the toys/attachments are really cute, a couple look pretty worn. Should be easy to recoup my money on it regardless. Although, it has occurred to me that if my first thought is, “How/where am I going to be able to hide this from my husband?” worrying that at some point he may finally get annoyed by all of the “stuff” invading our home then maybe, just maybe, I shouldn’t be buying it at all. (In case you’re curious – it is currently residing in the baby’s room, and my husband has yet to comment on it.)
|DVDs – 6 for $5 total (most to resell, one or two to keep).
Books were between 25 and 50 cents each.
|This jacket I got at the same yard sale. It is a Columbia Interchange 2 in 1.
Cost $2. Terrible picture but a really nice coat.
|And, of course, I had to come home with something for the 3-year-old.
Today it was Bob the Builder silverware and a game.
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