I'm a diehard thrifter and garage sale addict! I love the thrill of the hunt! And I love making CASH from trash so I also resell on eBay and Etsy. I share my successes to inspire you ... and my failures so you learn from my mistakes. Please join me on this wild and crazy ride of making cash from trash!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cash for Trash: August Sales

Alright, alright, alright! Another post – how about that!  Business was somewhat better in August with 105 sales but not a whole lot more in revenue.  The majority – about 75% – of items I sold were under $25.  Still, I am grateful for every sale and every penny in revenue.  Here are my best sales for August.


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Sigma DG 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO HSM DG OS Lens For Canon w/ 2 Filters and Box – Sold $500

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Canon EF 75-300mm Zoom Lens for EOS T4i 7D T3i 60D T2i 5DII T1i 50D 40D & Bonus – $40

Two more lenses DH sold on Craigslist.  They had also been listed on eBay but they weren’t selling quickly enough so he listed them on CL.  That’s another great thing about CL – once the item is sold, it’s sold.  No 30-day or 90-day returns on CL!


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GoPro HD Helmet HERO 16 MB Camcorder Bundle – Silver – Sold $169.27

This was an older GoPro camera; but with the additional accessories, the buyer from Michigan got a great deal.  Another one of DH’s contributions to the cause!


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Mammut Passion 10mm x 60m Climbing Rope 06041 UNUSED – Sold $116.80

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Petzl GriGri 1 Climbing Belay Top Rope Self-breaking Descender Device – Sold $79.99

These two items had been stored in the garage and were unused or hardly used.  The rope went to a buyer in New York and the descender to a buyer in Connecticut.  These two items sold for a combined total of almost $200, which really helped reach our goal.


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Lot of 10 NERF N-Strike Maverick REV-6 Dart Guns Blasters War Party Pack – Paid $9.75 @ GWO – Sold $99.99 – Net Margin 53%

Another lot of NERF guns I accumulated from the GW outlet.  I paid about $0.98 for each gun and sold them for $10 each.  This lot went to a buyer in Connecticut and shipping was almost $25.  I still made a net profit of almost $54; that’s a net margin of 53%


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UGG Kids Girls Bailey Button Triplet Boots 1962 Chestnut Sz 3 Also Fits Womens 4 – Paid $2.70 @ GWO – Sold $76.98 – Net Margin 78%

Another great GW outlet find!  These boots were in pretty good condition with not too much wear.  They sold pretty quickly to a buyer here in California.


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Briggs & Riley Transcend Collection Carry-On Tote BRTD-320 – Paid $0.86 @ GWO – Sold $64.01 – Net Margin 62%

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Lowepro Compact AW Professional Camera Shoulder Bag with Rain Fly – Paid $0.86 @ GWO – Sold $51.59 – Net Margin 69%

Here are a couple great bags I found at the outlet.  These bags had been left behind in the bins, and I knew they were camera bags when I saw them.  Most outlet shoppers ignore these bags, preferring the backpacks or travel bags; but I know some of these camera bags can sell for good money.  A good item to add to your BOLO list.  One bag went to a buyer in New York and the other to a buyer here in California.


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Jon Renau Traditional Wig April Classic Collection Wavy Shorty Bob Layered – Paid $0.85 – Sold for $62.99 – Net Margin 71%

Another item that was ignored by the other outlet shoppers.  I don’t know much about wigs, but I know not all wigs are created equal.  This wig, however, seemed to be of good quality and was in its original box.  I figure for 85-cents I could take a chance on it.  So glad I did, because I made a net profit of almost $45.  This was an international sale to a buyer in the UK, and first class shipping was only $12.99.


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Robert Graham Shirt Mens XL Black Blue Striped Contrast Paisley Cuff – Paid $5.85 @ SA – Sold $59.95 – Net Margin 73%

I actually did not buy this shirt at the GW outlet but found it at a regular Salvation Army.  I paid a whopping $5.85 for it but I knew Robert Graham shirts sell for good money.  I was thrilled when this shirt sold right away and I just knew the buyer would be happy with it.  Unfortunately, I made a huge mistake when I listed the wrong size (XL instead of LG) and didn’t realize this until the buyer contacted me.  Of course, by contacting me, he opened up an INAD case,  I apologized and asked him to return it for a full refund. He was super nice and eventually decided to keep the shirt to give as a gift.  He even left positive FB, but I still received a defect.  Oh, well …


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UGG Australia Black Leather Clog Slip on Shoes Mens 11 US 44.5 EU – Paid $2.75 @ GWO – Sold $55.00 – Net Margin 64%

Shoppers at the GW outlet go crazy when the bins filled with shoes come out.  Most of those shoppers fight over the sneakers, which I have no interest.  I wait for the frenzy to be over because I know they will usually overlook shoes like these UGG clogs.  These went to a buyer in Texas.


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Vintage Levi's Red Tab San Francisco Sherpa Jacket 42L Blue Acid Denim Jean – Paid $5 @ GWO – Sold $53.29 – Net Margin 64%

I found this beat-up Levi’s jacket at the outlet and debated about buying it.  I think it was left behind because not only did it have some rips and was well worn, but it was also a little heavy because of the Sherpa lining.  This meant that—at $1.49/lb—it was going to cost a few extra bucks.  I knew these Levi’s jackets were good sellers but because of its worn condition, I wasn’t sure if this jacket would sell.  I decided to take a chance and am glad I did.  Even in its worn condition, it still sold for over $53 and my net profit was almost $45.


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GI Joe Mobile Missile Launcher Vehicle 25" Truck Electronic Cargo Only – Paid $0.84 @ GWO – Sold $47.09 – Net Margin 66%

I previously mentioned this GI Joe vehicle in this post when I bought it at the GW outlet in June.  I had hoped to sell it for $45, but decided to list it at $39.99 plus shipping.  This went to a buyer here in California, and my net profit was a decent $31.00.


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1996 Talking Barney Dinosaur Interactive Doll Plush 16" – Paid $1.00 @ Garage Sale – Sold $53.29 – Net Margin 64%

I’ve had this Barney doll in my store since June of LAST year, and I was really glad to see it go.  When DS#1 was a toddler, he loved Barney; and would sing and dance to the famous “I Love You” song.  He was so cute!  Of course, I don’t mention this to him now and he would be so embarrassed if he knew I was posting this.  So, let’s not tell him!  This Barney went to a buyer in Kansas.


Here is a breakdown of my August Sales:

# of Sales: 105

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS): $131.28

Percent of Revenue: 4.39%

Average Price of COGS: $1.25

Total Revenue: $2989.84 (includes revenue from shipping)

Avg. Sales Price: $28.47

Net Margin: 65%

Highest Sold Item: $500.00

Lowest Sold Item: $2.98

Number and Percent of Items Sold:

  • Jeans:32 – 30%
  • Sewing Patterns:17 - 16%
  • Shirts:13 – 12%
  • Plush and Toys:9 – 9%
  • Everything Else:34 – 33%

One UPI Case – Closed and credited

Now that’s cash for trash!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cash for Trash: July Sales

Sales have been really slow for me this year compared to last year, when monthly sales never fell below 100.  I had only 87 sales in July; and it seems to be the same for many sellers who blame it all on Cassini.  I think that’s part of the reason but I also think it’s because I have not been listing as much. 

I am far behind in posting my sales, so without further ado, here are my best sales for the month of July.


I previously posted here about our car troubles and the engine we had to buy.  That was a HUGE unexpected expense, and we had to hustle to come up with the funds.  We “shopped” the house and garage; and found a few items to list on Craigslist:

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AMSEC American Security Gun and Rifle Safe Combination Lock – Sold $250

One of our neighbors was moving and gave the gun safe to my husband.  If it’s free, DH will take just about anything!  We had no use for a gun safe and used it to store odds and ends.  But the $250 sale was a huge help.

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Chicago Electric Power Tools 1.5 Horsepower 7 in. Bridge Tile Saw – Sold $100

One of DH’s clients bought this saw when he asked DH to do some tile work.  The client didn’t want the saw so DH stored it in the garage and never used it again.  The $100 it sold for sure did come in handy!

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Dearborn Furniture Antique Kitchen Table Slide-Out Extensions – Paid $20 @ Garage Sale – Sold $40

DH bought this table at a garage sale for $20.  I really had no purpose or place for it; and thought maybe I would upcycle it to sell.  Who was I kidding?  Doubled our money and sold it for $40.  I love CL because there are no shipping costs or fees – and everything is paid for in CASH!


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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens with Bonus 2 Filters and Box – Sold $375 F/S

This was the first of 3 camera lenses DH sold.  I was really nervous selling this on eBay because of horror stories I read about unscrupulous buyers.  The item was sold to a buyer in Maryland, and I never heard from them.  I suppose no feedback is better than negative feedback.


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Singer 301A Short Bed Vintage Sewing Machine with Pedal Manual Case Attachments – Sold $200

This little beauty had been stored in the closet forever so I tested it.  It worked like a charm; and I really had a hard time letting it go.  But I realized I had never used it and didn’t really NEED it.  Now that it’s gone, I don’t miss it, and I have more space in my closet.  It’s amazing how much STUFF we have that we don’t really NEED.  This sold to a buyer here in California who paid an additional $24 for shipping.


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Eurosteam Nouveau Professional Steam Iron Internal Boiler Redfern Model 4488 – Sold $102

Here’s a fancy iron/steamer that I bought a few years ago at the county fair.  I bought it to use for my quilting projects; but since I haven’t been doing much quilting, I decided to sell it.  This is an older version so I priced it “to sell”; and it sold fairly quick.  It had been put away in the closet; and before listing it, I tested it.  It worked just fine for me, but the buyer from Illinois said they couldn’t get it to work right and returned it for a refund.  Bah humbug! That was a nice chunk of change I had to return.  I’ll use it for awhile and maybe relist it.


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Lot of 10 NERF Guns N-Strike Maverick Nite Dart Tag War Party – Paid $6.33 @ GW Outlet – Sold for $59.99 – Net Margin 59%

I often run across NERF guns at the GW outlet, and this lot of 10 was accumulated from various trips.  I paid about $0.63 for each.  Individually, they don’t sell for much so it made better sense to sell them in a lot.  This went to a buyer here in California who left “positive” FB with negative comments.

She said “the cord is missing to connect the hud to the gun”.  This made no sense and I suspected she meant to leave this FB for someone else.  When I searched FB she left for others, I discovered she left the same FB comment for another seller.  I contacted her and I was very nice when I asked about her comment.  She admitted she made an error and agreed to amend her comment; but so far it’s the same.  I don’t think it’s affected my defect rate, but it still irks me that she never corrected it.


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Caboodles Travel Make-Up Organizer Caddy Case 3 Tier Mirror Gray Pink Vintage – Paid $1.20 @ GWO – Sold $39.99 F/S – Net Margin 51%

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Somewhere on a blog or FB group I read about these Caboodles cases and added it to my mental BOLO list.  I spotted this at the GW Outlet and was quick to grab it.  I had to give it a good cleaning and do a minor repair, but it finally sold for $39.99  – after lowering the price from $45 - to a buyer in Kentucky.


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NIKE CORDURA Black Backpack Laptop Sleeve Book Bag – Paid $0.84 @ GWO – Sold for $36.98 – Net Margin 55%

Backpacks, travel bags and all kinds of bags are plentiful at the outlet.  Most backpacks are pretty beat up, but you can still find some great deals.  This one was in very nice, clean condition and sold to a buyer in Mississippi.


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Pronto Uomo Sweater Men's XL Extra Large LS Black Silk Blend Mock Neck – Paid $1 @ GWO – Sold $28.99 – Net Margin 73%

This nice Pronto Uomo silk-blend sweater was another GW Outlet find, and it went to another California buyer.  I was not familiar with this brand until I read this article from Frank @ Fruzie’s Collectibles.  I’ve sold several shirts and a handful of sweaters of this brand, so be sure to add it to your BOLO list.


Here is a breakdown of my July Sales:

# of Sales: 87

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS): $129.23

Percent of Revenue:4.78%

Average Price of COGS: $1.49

Total Revenue: $2704.72 (includes revenue from shipping)

Avg. Sales Price: $31.09

Net Margin: 61%

Highest Sold Item: $375.00

Lowest Sold Item: $6.75

Number and Percent of Items Sold:

  • Plush and Toys: 16 – 18%
  • Jeans: 15 – 17%
  • Shirts: 8 – 10%
  • Everything Else: 48 – 55%

One UPI Case – Closed and credited

Now that’s cash for trash!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Do You BONANZA? I Do!

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Napa Valley Cassette Tape Holder Wood Rack 100 Slots Wall Mount – Paid $0.84 @ GW Outlet – Sold $62.06 – Net Margin 66%

I don’t remember how I first heard of Bonanza, but I’ve had a store there since April 2010.  It was easy to upload all my eBay listings and – best of all – it was free to list so I had nothing to lose. 

Not being happy with eBay’s Spring updates, I signed up with Bonanza hoping it would be a great alternative to eBay.  Unfortunately, it has not worked out that way.  In the past 4-1/2 years, I’ve had only 50 sales – averaging about 10-11 per year.  Definitely not enough to pay the bills; but every sale helps and fees are a lot less than eBay.

When I first started, listings from eBay wouldn’t upload correctly and each one had to be tweaked.  Plus, if an item sold on eBay, I had to manually remove it from Bonanza.  Not only was this very time consuming but it also created a few problems when the same item sold on both venues. 

Fortunately, Bonanza has solved this problem, and items sold on eBay are now automatically removed.  My listings are also automatically updated from my eBay account so there really isn’t much for me to do, except wait for an email telling me an item has sold.

I have the basic free account.  Pro-memberships are also available for a monthly fee, offering more benefits and hopefully more sales.  For now, Bonanza sits on my back-burner with the occasional monthly sale.

So far, I’ve had 11 sales this year, and I was so very happy when this Napa Valley cassette holder sold.  This is a great item to add to your BOLO list.  I don’t know that folks actually use them to store cassettes, but they make great organizers.

If you haven’t given Bonanza a try, check it out here.  What have you got to lose?  Happy sales to you!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Odds and Ends Friday

In my last post, I shared with you the drama that we went through with our SmartCar this past June.  Well, July and August proved to be just as busy and in some cases just as challenging.  I figured I’d just summarize everything into one long post.  I promise to be brief and hopefully not too boring!

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1.  Solar Energy: We finally got our solar panels in!  I am so happy that now I don’t have to roast during those horrible heat waves.  Electricity here is SO expensive and running the A/C for more than a couple of hours a day during the summer was out of the question.  Our solar energy was up and running early July and it has made such a difference.  More and more of our neighbors are going solar and getting rid of their $700 monthly electric bills!

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2.  Babysitting:  My BFF’s daughter recently finished her nursing program and has been looking for FT work.  Although she has a regular sitter to watch her boys when she’s at her PT job, she asked if I would watch them on her days off so she could go job hunting.  I was happy to help and found that I became quite attached to these 2 little ones.  Forget eBay!  We were busy going to the park playground and doing other fun stuff.  They started kindergarten in August so I don’t watch them anymore.  Even though it was only for a few weeks, I sure do miss them and our fun times.

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3. My niece Diane:  A month ago today, my beautiful niece Diane lost her 10-year battle with cancer.  She was 56 and wanted to keep on living; but in the end, she faced death with courage and grace. My sister took it pretty hard but continues to heal with each day.  We had a beautiful memorial for Diane a couple weeks ago – there were so many friends and family celebrating her life.  Times like this make us remember how short life is and how important it is to keep in touch with those we love.

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4. Silverado Fire:  Last Friday, I left my home in the morning for a quick errand to the local Walgreens.  I may have been gone 30-45 minutes.  As I returned home, I saw this!  It was about 11:00 a.m. so the fire had just started.  That’s the Cleveland National Forest; and with everything so dry because of the severe drought, there was just no way of knowing which direction the fire would take and how fast it would travel.  It was just way too close for comfort!

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This is what it looked like from our house about 5 p.m. that Friday.  Fortunately, the fire headed away from us; but the poor folks in the Silverado Canyon had to be evacuated. The fire burned about 1,000 acres and was apparently ignited by the sun reflecting off metal sheeting put up by someone trying to keep rodents out of a vegetable garden.  The fire is expected to be fully contained by tomorrow. 

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5.  Triple-digit heat wave and power outage: As if a raging fire wasn’t enough this past weekend, how about adding triple-digit temperatures?  Temperatures hit a record-breaking high of 107-108 degrees from Saturday to this past Tuesday.  So very hot!  I thought I was so cool with my solar panels and A/C, right?  Wrong!!  Sunday afternoon all the power suddenly went off.  Well, solar panels don’t work without electricity so they were no good to me during this heat wave. 

Anyway, we were without power for 48 hours and spent two miserably hot and sticky sleepless nights.  There was no Internet and no TV, oh no!  I was glad to have my SmartPhone for Internet so I was able to answer any eBay messages.  Then I discovered that eBay also had an outage so I guess I didn’t have to worry too much. 

Now to put in a claim for all our food that spoiled.  Makes me realize I need to be better prepared in case of a major disaster.

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6.  My Mimi:  Worse than any car troubles and power outages is the loss of my precious Chihuahua, Mimi.  Sometime in the wee hours of Monday morning, during the power outage, my Mimi walked out the doggy door and never returned.  She usually sleeps with us, but it was so hot that I slept on the sofa.  DH and I each thought she was with other.  We got up about 5 a.m. and quickly realized that Mimi was not in the house.  We immediately went outside, which was pitch black since the street lights were out; and with our flashlights started looking for her.

It’s now been more than 4 days since she’s been gone.  We have canvassed the neighborhoods, posted flyers, contacted the shelters, and posted her picture on as many lost-and-found pet sites that I can find.  She has an ID tag and she also has a microchip, but still no leads.  We believe someone has her and is holding on to her.  It’s better to believe that than the alternative (we have a lot of coyotes in our area).  I keep praying each day that she just shows up or that someone contacts us about her.  My family is so very heart broken …

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7. Paris, the newest family member:  Life is just full of coincidences.  The day before Mimi disappeared, my BFF asked me if I was interested in adopting her granddaughter’s pet Chihuahua.  Her GD had started college and was busy with school work and other activities so was unable to keep Paris.  My BFF knew my precious Sweetpea had passed in 2012 and thought I might be ready for an addition. 

Well, I fell in love with Paris the minute I saw her and thought she would be a good playmate for Mimi.  We agreed that I would pick her up Monday evening.  In a cruel twist of fate, my Mimi ends up missing that Monday morning.  My gut reaction was to back out of adopting Paris; but I still have hope that Mimi will return and they will become good friends.


Temperatures are back to normal, and today we finally felt the first stirrings of fall with a cool breeze.  Except for the loss of my Mimi, things seem to be getting back to normal.  But it’s never a dull moment for long!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I Bought a $2,000 Engine on eBay!

Holy moly, I can’t believe it’s been SO LONG since my last post!  Life has been crazy these past couple of months; and it’s been one thing after another.

Even though I have fallen behind in my posting, I have been reading your blogs.  I recently read this post from Grace @ Thrifting in the Buff about how scary it was venturing into the unknown and selling a vehicle on eBay for the first time.  This brought to mind my recent venture into the eBay unknown, and I thought I’d share my own nerve-racking experience.

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For the past year or so, I was sharing my vehicle with my two sons: DS#2 who works part-time for Disneyland and DS#1 who worked part-time while looking for FT employment.  Not ideal but we made it work.

DS#1 finally found a FT job in June, and we were very happy for him.  The downside is that the job is about an hour’s drive away and he needed his own car. 

What better way to save on gas than a small SmartCar for Two?  We bought the car in June from a used-car dealer.  Unfortunately, it was not certified and the darn thing started to overheat after two days.  More unfortunately, DS#1 drove the car until the engine blew-out and died.

(This post could also be titled “How Not To Buy a Used Car”; but we’ve already chastised ourselves enough over this and have decided to put this bad experience behind us.)

After finding a mechanic who specializes in SmartCars, it was determined that it’d be best to replace the engine.  We knew finding a used engine was going to be a challenge, but we were really surprised when our mechanic said he found a couple of engines on eBay!  He reassured us they had dealt with these businesses before and were very reputable. 

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Smart Madness, Long Beach, CA

The engine we selected was from a company in Maryland, so putting out $2,000 is a lot of money to pay someone you don’t know and for something you can’t inspect.  That was really scary, considering all the horror stories we hear.  I had to place my trust not only in my mechanic but also in eBay – that I would not be ripped off and that I would be protected.

Before paying, however, I contacted them with a few questions.  I found them to be very helpful and informative.  It was actually way too easy.  I paid on a Thursday; and by the following Monday, my engine was on it’s way.  I was able to track the shipment via their freight company.  My mechanic said it was one of the cleanest and most complete used engines they have seen.  Needless to say, I was very relieved.

So, while all this was going on, I was busy being “taxi mom”, which was very time-consuming and didn’t leave me time for too much else.  But we now have the SmartCar and it’s in great like-new condition.  And guess who drives it now?  Yes, me!  I’m just happy I no longer have to be “taxi mom”!


With me it’s either feast or famine.  Now that things have settled down (keeping my fingers crossed), I have more to share with you so you’ll be seeing more posts coming your way!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cash for Trash: June Sales

Another month and another dollar earned!  Sales have been slow but seem to be picking up.  Except for my two best sales – the Maui Jim sunglasses and the CeCe Pet Carrier – most of my June sales were pretty routine.


Here are a few of my more interesting sales from last month.  Except as noted, these items were purchased from the outlet so the “paid” price is an average.

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The North Face Vintage Logo Baseball Cap Hat Black Unisex One Size Nylon – Paid $0.84 – Revenue $19.99 – Net Margin 69%

The North Face is one of those brands that you can’t go wrong with picking up.  It’s pretty much a guaranteed sale.  Finding one of their jackets would be a major score.  This cap sold for $19.99 to a buyer in New York.  


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BabyBjorn Active Carrier Blue Lumbar Support Model 0260 UPDATED – Paid $0.90 – Revenue $31.98 – Net Margin 58%

This was my first time picking up one of these Baby Bjorn carriers.  I read they were good sellers, but this one is an older model.  As I was researching this one, I discovered that some of the older Baby Bjorn carriers were recalled.  The good thing is that this one had been updated and was not on the recall list.  Something to keep in mind when sourcing baby products from thrifts and garage sales.  This sold to a buyer in Wisconsin.


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Vintage Disney's Nana Plush Dog From the Movie Peter Pan by Sears – Paid $0.86 – Revenue $39.99 – Net Margin 72%

I have a love/hate relationship with plushies.  On the one hand, they don’t break and are  easy to ship. On the other hand, they take up space and tend to be slow sellers.  I just don’t have much luck selling plush, but this Disney Nana didn’t take too long to sell – about 2-1/2 months – not too bad. I was pretty happy to see it go, and the best part was that it went to a buyer in California so shipping was only $5.20.


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Speedo Mens Boys Swim Briefs Bikini Bathing Floral Print M 32 – Paid $0.99 – Revenue $34.98 – Net Margin 79%

I picked up three of these brand new Speedo briefs during one trip to the outlet in February.  I quickly listed all three and one sold a month later.  The last two finally sold in June.  I paid about $2.98 for all three, and my total revenue for the lot was $99.94.  The best part is that shipping was less than $2 each. Ka-ching!


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Black Buffalo Leather Motorcycle Round Barrel Bag Bedroll Sissy Bar Tote Luggage – Paid $4.20 @ SA – Revenue $46.49 – Net Margin 33%

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Genuine Hewlett-Packard Black Toner 96A HP LaserJet 2100 2200 Cartridge C4096 – Paid $0.50 @ Garage Sale – Revenue $35.34 – Net Margin 61%

These 2 items had been in my store for about a year.  I tried everything to move them out.  Finally, I pulled them “off the market” for about a month.  When I relisted them, I took new pictures and wrote a new title and description.  And, boom!  They both sold within a week!  I read somewhere that totally re-doing a listing helps with ranking; and now I’m a believer.

The bag was not the big seller I hoped it would be; and I finally sold it for $14.99 to a buyer in Sweden who paid over $30 for shipping.  My net margin on this was only 33% but I was glad to see it go.


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Fisher Price Peek-A-Blocks Musical Shape Sorter and Lot 27 Blocks – Paid $1.42 – Sold $43.99 – Net Margin 2%

I collected this lot of little blocks from multiple trips to the outlet.  My joy at making this sale was short lived when I discovered that I had messed up on the shipping cost.  This was supposed to be listed with calculated shipping; but I forgot to change the template.  This was an international sale to Israel and the buyer paid $14 for 1st class shipping. Unfortunately, the package weighed over 4 lbs. and had to send it by Priority Mail.  It cost $37 to ship … bah hum bug!  My net margin was only 2% and I made a whopping $0.85.


These are my “money in the garage” sales.  I did a little spring cleaning and these items were actually in the closet.  I love shopping my house for items to re-sell!

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Vintage Christmas Glass Ornaments Bulbs – Three boxes – Revenue $71.15 – Net Margin 60%

I bought these a few years ago, probably to make something crafty like a Christmas wreath; but I knew I was never going to get around to it.  I listed them at auction, and the top 2 sold for $10 plus shipping.  The 3rd one sold for $30.55 plus shipping.  I may have gotten a little more had I waited a few months, but I was ready to see them go.

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Vintage 80 Applique Quilt Blocks 9-Inch Unfinished Birds Leaves Turkey Red – FREE – Sold $80 – Net Margin 81%

I bought these quilt blocks YEARS ago on eBay.  I was gung-ho on learning how to applique and was determined to make these into a quilt.  Yea, right!  Put them away and never touched them, so now they found a new home with a buyer from Michigan.


Here is a breakdown of my June sales:

# of Sales: 77

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS): $114.60 (6% of revenue)

Average Price of COGS: $1.49 (does not include personal items sold)

Total Revenue: $2008.77 (includes revenue from shipping)

Net Margin: 56%

Avg. Sales Price: $26.09

Highest Sold Item: $110.00

Lowest Sold Item: $7.99

Number and Percent of Items Sold:

  • Jeans: 14 – 18%
  • Plush and Toys: 13 – 17%
  • Shirts: 7 – 9%
  • Everything Else: 43 – 56%

Five UPI Case – Closed and credited

Now that’s cash for trash!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Good News to Share …

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I finally reached the 5000 feedback score and now have a GREEN star!  It’s just like getting those little foil gold stars on my homework when I was a child.  I loved getting those. 

And, when I reach the 10,000 feedback score, I’ll get a SHOOTING star … wow!  Of course, it’ll probably take me another 15 years to reach; but if every buyer left feedback, it may take only 12 years LOL.  Then, again, who knows what the future holds for me and eBay …


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CeCe Kent Ralph Taos Dog Carrier Black Leather – Paid $1 – Sold $110

It sold!  Yes, the designer leather pet carrier I bought at the GWO sold within a day of listing it.  I listed it at $200 with a Best Offer and by the next morning had an offer for $110, which I quickly accepted.  Lorraine at We Are CLAMCO thought I could get the full $200 and I should have gone with that, first listing it without the BO.  But no regrets – the buyer got a great deal and I got a quick $110 in my pocket.  Not a bad return on my $1 investment!

Now that’s cash for trash