It’s hard to believe that my one-year blogoversary has come and gone! When I started this blog, it was with the intention of highlight my thrifting and saling adventures, but somehow during the past year I’ve drifted from that focus. I do so enjoy sharing with you the highlights of my life, and it is a way of keeping a written journal of important events. So I will continue sharing and writing.
But I also want to highlight some of my best thrifty finds so I’m starting a new series of “The Best Things I’ve Sold on eBay”.
I’ve been buying and selling on eBay since 1999, ever since I first listed a few patterns to sew clothes for Cabbage Patch dolls. I was absolutely amazed when they sold between $10-$20 each! Here I thought they were just “junk”, only worth as a thrift-store donation. I was hooked from then on! I’ve got plenty to share so I’ll be posting pretty regularly.
I previously posted about my first item over a year ago, but it was such a fantastic find that I thought I’d start my new series with it.
Item #1: Windows 95 Coffee Mug
|Starting Bid: $1.99||Winning Bid: $47.00|
|Paid $1.17||From Salvation Army|
|Ended: 06/14/09||Winner: Yoakum, TX|
Okay, so you look at this mug and you say "What's so special about it?" Well, it's a Microsoft Windows 95 mug; and there are many folks who collect historical computer memorabilia. Did you know there was even a Computer History Museum? They even have a compu-mug in their collection catalog.
We bought our first PC in 1984. It was a Tandy from Radio Shack and it used a DOS-system! Gee, I wonder what that old relic would be worth now? Anyway, I bought this mug at the Salvation Army for $1.17 because I thought it may attract two kinds of buyers. I know there are folks who collect vintage computer items and there are also folks who collect mugs. But I never dreamed it would sell for almost $50! It’s all about “supply & demand” – this mug is very rare and finding another one would be like winning the lotto!
Another motto I live by is “buy low & sell high”. I don’t usually like to spend more than 25¢ to 50¢ for mugs, but I knew this mug was special so I was willing to pay the $1.17 for it. Boy, was I on the money with this one!
There you have it, folks … my first in a series of the best things I’ve sold on eBay. Be sure to come back as I promise there’s much more to come …