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!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cash for Trash: Taylor & Ng Mugs Plus Sandra Boynton and The Far Side

Aw, shucks!  Your comments to my previous post are so kind and generous!  I am so inspired by them.  I also love reading your blogs; and although I may not always leave a comment, please know that I do read your posts and have learned so much from you.  Thank you all!

Here is another Cash for Trash post and it's all about mugs. 


1978 Taylor & NG Mugs Cobalt Blue San Francisco Japan – paid $2 – sold $112.00

I bought these 4 Taylor & Ng mugs in July (see post here) for $0.50 each.  They all sold within 4-5 weeks for $28 EACH … or a total of $112.00!  Ka-ching! 

Taylor & Ng mugs are very collectible and always sell well – especially the ones with naughty animals doing the *nasty*.  Read my post here about my first experience with these naughty mugs and to learn more about Taylor & Ng.

I’m telling ya … mugs can be great sellers and can be picked up for just a few cents.  Individually, they may not sell for a lot, but they have a high-profit margin.  So far I have made $143.37 in 6 sales on a lot of 10 mugs, purchased for only $5!

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This Sandra Boynton mug sold for $17.58 and the Otagiri mug sold for $13.79.  Each was also only $0.50.

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The Far Side mugs by Gary Lawson are also highly collectible.  I bought the mug for $1.64 and sold it for $24.99.


Here’s a face mug that I sold this past summer for $19.58.  Paid only $0.98 from the SA.  Those with a mustache are the better sellers.

Here are a few more mugs that I have sold this year:


Sandra Boynton JOYS OF TEACHING Teacher Coffee Mug MINT – paid $1.79 – sold $18.23


LAUREL BURCH The Art of Being Human 1992 Coffee Mug – paid $0.70 – sold $16.94

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Mac Tonight Ronald McDonald House Mug Stoneware Advertising Fast Food 1997 – paid $1.79 – sold $21.33


SMURFS Vintage 1981 A Smurfing We Will Go Mug by Wallace Berrie – paid $0.50 – sold $10.95


CHALEUR Master Impressionists BLACK WHEAT by Emile Bernard 14 Oz Coffee Mug – paid $1 – sold $13.40

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Smiley Face Happy Mug Chilli Bowl Teleflora Gift Coffee Extra Large Soup Dish – paid $1 – sold $19.99

And, I can’t do a post on mugs without mentioning my best-selling mug so far – this Microsoft Windows 97 mug that sold for $47.00 in 2009:


Of course, we all know that Starbucks anything can be great sellers.  But check out this rare Starbucks mug that sold for $179.99!!!


No, sadly, it is not one of my sales … boo hoo! This great flip was posted by Tracy on Flippin’ Friday #107 over at Late Night Coffee.  She found it at a garage sale for a measly $1.00.

And for those of you who also scour the flea markets and antique stores, be sure to keep an eye out for this mug:

This rare ORANGE Snoopy mug sold for a whopping $320.00 and $512.00 in August.  The two listings are still up so click here and here to see them.  So if you find one, GRAB it, even if it’s priced at $20, $40 or even $50+ – this is a HOT collectible! Be sure it’s the vintage ORANGE one and not the more recent red one.

Collectible mugs are a great item for your BOLO list!  Need more inspiration?  Here are some great links:

Do you have a great success story selling mugs?  Which other ones would you add to the list?  Please do tell!


  1. I always look over the mugs, but never see any neat ones, always looking for the Snoopy one!

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  3. I sold a red Snoopy Red Baron mug a coupe years ago for a tad over $150, so while it's not as exciting as the orange one, it's still definitely worth picking up.

  4. Great sales!
    Would you mind sharing how you go about shipping these mugs? I imagine you'd need a mug-sized box of some sorts in order to prevent them from moving around a lot and possibly getting damaged? Do you have a certain way of protecting the handles from getting snapped off? I've purchased a lot of mugs lately for resale purposes, but just find the task of shipping them daunting! I should also note that I live in Canada, so can't get free shipping supplies from the post office - so if you just use the free USPS boxes, you can ignore this comment lol.

  5. I love finding and selling mugs. For some reason I am drawn to them. If I had the space, I would probably keep a bunch for myself.

    Matthew, when we ship mugs we often put some cardboard just around the handle to give that a little more protection. Just a square piece formed over before any other protective wrap.

  6. I always look at the mugs. I have seen ones that I thought were neat or cool and usually keep them for myself. Like my Scooby Doo mug. I just googled Otagiri and I know I have seen many of those in the thrift stores. How do you know what will sell? Is it the name, the design or is it just a hunch?


  7. Every time I pass the mug rack I think of your blog and force myself to look. Still haven't found a good one yet, but this is a reminder to keep looking! Thanks! :)

  8. great and timely post I have several mugs to list and I always feel like meh maybe they'll sell--I should just get it done

  9. I genuinely want all of these! Especially the Snoopy one.

  10. I love to sell mugs! You had some great flips!
    Lisa@ centralfloridathrifter