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|Metlife Snoopy, Sleepy Tweety,
Vintage Bambi, Vintage Pinocchio
|Hallmark Fairy, Vintage Pinnochio #2|
|Mickey golf set. I think these are
compatible with the big Clubhouse.
|I love when I am able to find
nice hardbacks there.
FB sales site she recently added me to:
Adding that to my VV trip this morning, an Easter egg hunting party for my kids with some friends this afternoon, SUNSHINE for the first time in what seems like weeks (!), and Book Club with some work friends tonight, all made this a great day!
I’ve been thinking lately about what my “niche” should be . . . and then yesterday I was scrolling through my list of items sold and realized I’ve already settled on one. I am sure it is not the most profitable thing to sell, but kids’ toys (and clothes to some extent) are definitely what I am most drawn to, whether at yard sales or thrift stores. Here are some of the items I picked up yesterday at my local Value Village. I spent almost $40 total – that’s a LOT for me!
|big Bullseye: cost $2.24|
|Kohl’s Horton: cost 74 cents|
|8″ Share Bear: cost 74 cents|
|Safari Elephant: cost $1.49|
I also really love to buy costumes. I sold a bunch this last Halloween. Apparently it had been awhile since I’ve made it to Value Village, because all three of these were the half-off color. The Buddy costume for sure I would have already picked up if I had seen it before.
|NWT Scooby Doo: cost $2.49
Baby Gorilla: cost $3.99
Buddy (Dinosaur Train): cost $2.99
|24 mo gorilla costume. So stinkin’ cute!
If it’s still around next year I will have my little one wear it.
|Fort Apache: cost $7.49|
|cost around $14 for all four of them|
I can’t help it. I love a good costume. Or maybe, I just love costumes. Because not all of them that I bought this summer to re-sell were good. But first, let’s look at what did sell.
I actually had a chance to buy two more of these costumes at a consignment sale, but I had just bought the one I already had and was not yet sure how well it would sell. Wish I would have picked up the others too! I had this listed on CL as well as eBay and had several people contact me via CL asking if I’d be willing to ship it to them.
So . . . the day that this costume’s auction ended on eBay someone at preschool asked my son what he was going to be for Halloween. His answer? Mike Wazowski. Ack. Instant mom guilt. I bought a bunch of costumes this summer, and I figured he wouldn’t even remember that we had the Mike costume once Halloween rolled around. Guess I figured wrong. But then . . . the gal who bought the costume e-mailed me. In my description of the costume I wrote: “Tag says one size fits all. I say 2T-4T.” In her e-mail she said my description was “contradictory” and that she needed to know what the size actually was or she wouldn’t pay for the costume. Say what?! How is that contradictory? I meant it to be clarifying. One size fits all could mean anything; 2T-4T seems very clear. And I did e-mail her back, basically repeating what I had written in my description, but also said if she decided not to buy the costume no big deal, but please let me know what she decided. And then I hoped and crossed my fingers and toes that she would decide not to buy it and so I could be rid of my mommy guilt and let my son wear the costume. A week went by. Did I hear back from her? Nope. Rude! But she didn’t challenge me when I put in to have my seller fees reimbursed, so I didn’t lose any money on the deal. And, my 3 year-old made a very cute Mike Wazowski at our library’s Halloween party last week.
These weren’t even the ones that make noise.
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.
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.
Birthday supplies. I’ve started picking up napkins, plates, signs etc., when I can find them brand new, in unopened packages for a quarter each. I also picked up the train cake pans for $1.
Costumes! $2 each. Unfortunately, I seem to have already lost the fireman’s hat. I remember setting the outfit down when I dug my money out, and I am guessing I must have left the hat behind. And I have no idea where the yard sale was, so I can’t go back for it. Bummer.
Boy’s Keen sandals: $10. They looked brand new. I picked these up because I have a friend who told me she has been looking on Craigslist for this exact item. (The sale was even in her neighborhood!) She is out of the country right now, so I went ahead and picked them up. If she no longer needs them I figure I can sell them for at least as much as I paid for them.
Misc toys my son picked out, mostly a quarter each. 50 cents total for all the sand toys.
Veggie Tales toys. $2 total. I can’t find a piano on eBay (open or closed listings) so I may put it up and see how it does.
We’ve been wanting a new book shelf (or DVD shelf) for my son. And, I couldn’t pass up the cute pre-schooler-sized bench. $20 total for both.
Free! Goodies from a free box. Tracks for my son’s hot wheels tracks, and a magnetic Dora car.
My friend found a few things too. Curtains for $3. She has been thinking about sewing her own – so she was pretty excited to find these to save herself the time, money and effort.
She also got a scrapbook for $4 (that she already has specific plans for), a workout VHS that was the only one in a series she was missing, a soap dish that matches some decor she already has, and (what I was most excited by) a really nice canvas bag she was given for free when she was buying these items at a yard sale and asked if they had anything she could put it in.
We spent the weekend with my husband’s family. When I went out to run an errand on Saturday afternoon I couldn’t help but stop by a couple yard sales on my way home. (Spent a whopping $2.75.)