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!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cash for Trash Wednesday


Whadda ya know?  I just wrote a post about this vintage toy last week and it just sold!  When I first listed it a month ago, I had a BIN price of $49.99 with free shipping and Best Offer.  I received an email or two, but no hits.  Then I received a message from someone who had a few questions about condition.  At first I was a little annoyed, thinking the buyer had not read my description.  Well, turns out that I never mentioned its condition.  Once I revised my listing to include condition, removed the Best Offer and lowered the price, the item received more interest and it sold within days.  Ka-ching!

I know I keep repeating myself, but ya gotta sell internationally!  Here are a few of my recent international sales:

THE NORTH FACE BROWN LABEL DOWN JACKET Medium Brown Sz XL – sold $50 – paid $2

This jacket was listed in my store for 2-1/2 weeks before it sold to a buyer from the United Kingdom.  They paid a total of $66 to have this.

DICKIES Denim Jeans Bib Overalls Men's size 36 x 32 Blue – sold $20 – paid $2

Third time’s the charm!  For some reason, these Dickies overalls just couldn’t keep a buyer.  They’d previously sold TWICE and each time the buyer failed to pay.  When eBay had their recent listing promotion, I listed them again – for the THIRD time.  This time the buyer was from Norway, who paid a total of $35.99 to get these pants.  Somehow I managed to really squish these into a flat-rate padded envelope, and they are now on their way.


I still remember the 1984 L.A. Olympics.  We didn’t go to any of the games, but there were many other Olympic-related events and things to see and do. DH and I were still newlyweds, and we were so excited to be living in L.A.  

Anyway, I found the glass coasters pictured above at a small church thrift store and paid less than $1.  I listed them at $15.00 with free domestic shipping.  They’ve been in my store for a few weeks, but finally sold this week to a buyer from Greece.  The beauty is they not only paid the $15 but also paid another $15 for shipping!  AND, eBay will NOT include the shipping to calculate the final value fee.  Yea!

Many of the items we sell may not generate much interest with US buyers.  But these items may not be available in other countries, and international buyers are willing to pay good money for our “trash”.  Gotta love ‘em!

Hope you’re having a great week! 

Believe in yourself and prosper!
Happy saling and selling!

Linking up to the following blogs. Be sure to check them out for more great thrifty treasures!

Thrifty Thursday @ Bloggervitaville
Club G.W. Party @ Charm Bracelet Diva

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