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, September 19, 2012

Cash for Trash Wednesday

I’ve really been trying to get out to the garage sales to pick up more non-clothing items.  Clothes are so much easier to ship, but finding and listing different things is more enjoyable. 

Today I want to highlight some of my non-clothing sales (sold amounts include shipping – just click on the title to see the original listing):

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Vintage CUTCO Handcrafted Oak Block 10 Slots - Essentials Plus 5 – paid $1.00 @ gs – sold $30.11

Awhile back,  I read somewhere in blogland that Cutco blocks are great sellers.  I’m not sure why this stuck in my memory but am glad it did.  I just wish I remember where I read it so that I can thank them!


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THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS Vintage 1986 3D Board Game COMPLETE Milton Bradley – paid $1 @ Rummage sale – sold $49.00

My sons are now in their early 20s; but when they were very little (seems like only yesterday), they LOVED watching the Ghostbusters movie.  I found this board game at a church rummage sale last month. The problem with board games is that they are usually missing pieces; but for $1, I could take a chance on this game.  When I brought it home and researched it on eBay, I discovered that all the pieces were there and in pretty good shape.  I knew it would be a very good seller!


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Sega Saturn Black Console (NTSC) in Box MK-80000A Plus Games & More – paid $8 @ gs – sold $73.95

It was already late in the morning when I stumbled upon this game at a garage sale.  Most of their stuff had already sold and this game was the only thing that caught my eye.  I vaguely remembered reading about vintage video game consoles on blogland. The seller wanted $10 for it, but this is a niche that I am not familiar with so I was not comfortable paying the $10.  I walked away and went to my car, still undecided.  I pull out my smartphone and do a quick search on eBay.  Hmmm, maybe I should buy it.  So I walk back and offer her $8, which she takes. 

Once home, DH plugs it in and we spend a few minutes playing. My sons had one when they were little, and playing it again brings back some fun memories.  I even considered keeping it; but a reseller is what I am so I listed it on eBay.  It sold the same day I listed it!


And if there is still any doubt in your mind that “one man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure”, check out these sales – these items were all headed for the trash!

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 Vintage Western Electric Bell System Wall Phone 2554 BMP Push Button Telephone – paid $0 Free – sold $33.89

My neighbor was cleaning out her garage and was throwing out all kinds of stuff.  She said I could take whatever I wanted and this was one of the things I picked up.  Vintage phones are very collectible and can be very good sellers.  This one sold for almost $34.00 – untested and sold as-is – but I’ve seen them go for even more.

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2002 2003 2004 Toyota Camry CD Cassette Player Radio Unit Factory – paid $0 free – sold $50

The owner were DH works replaced the radio in his car and was throwing away the old one, even though it worked perfectly fine.  So DH brings it home and gives it to me to resell.  It sold within 3 days!  Score!

…and one of my best sellers:

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APPLE iPHONE 4 GSM Model A1332 Non-Working For Parts Only Sold AS-IS – paid $0 free – sold $169.49

This was another item that the owner were DH works was throwing away.  He bought a new one because he said this one was not working.  DH brought it home hoping to fix it, but in the end he gave it to me to resell.  I listed it with what little info I had, stating that it did not work and was sold as-is.  I had no clue what it was worth but started the auction at $75 and within a couple of days it had a bid.  DH then tells me it actually does work – as a phone only, but has no WI-FI.  I couldn’t revise the listing nor could I add to the description, but in the end it still sold for over $165! 

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL CASH FOR TRASH!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thrift Treasures Roundup

Mugs, mugs …

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Maxine, Dilbert, Otagiri and Royal Crown

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Vintage 1978 Taylor & Ng

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Sandra Boynton

…and more mugs! I mentioned in my previous post that I’ve started reselling mugs.  I had stopped for awhile when I got into reselling clothes, but have had some recent success with mugs again. I still hope to some day find another Microsoft mug like the one I sold for $47.00.


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A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this awesome estate/garage sale.  It was in a very nice neighborhood and everything was quality merchandise priced to sell.  There were literally tons, mountains of stuff – mostly clothing and shoes – and the women running the sale seemed anxious to get rid of stuff.  I didn’t get there until about 9:30 am so I’m sure I missed out on some really great stuff.  I did manage to snag this bunch of over 50 ties for $10, that included such brands as Christian Dior, Burberry, Dolce & Gabana and other Italian brands. 

As I as paying, the ladies told me they still had another storage container full of stuff and I should return within the hour.  Had I been by myself, I would have stayed to wait it out; but I was with my BFF and she was in the driver’s seat.  By the time we returned, they had already sold everything from the second storage unit.  They said  they had barely gotten out of the van when they were mobbed by folks grabbing at everything.  

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Vintage Proctor Silex Toaster NEW

Oh, well.  I did manage to pick up some shoes for $1 a pair – which I haven’t yet listed – and this brand new vintage toaster for $4.  They originally wanted $25 but the price had dropped dramatically by the time I returned.  It’s now listed in my eBay store.


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OSCAR DE LA RENTA Men's Blazer Jacket

After reading this post from Suzanne @ The eBay Coach, I decided to try my hand at selling men’s sports coats/blazers.  I’ve picked up about a half dozen and will see how it goes.  Suzanne also has a talkcast that is very helpful: eBay Selling Coach - Live & Recorded Episodes: Episode 12.

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Motherhood Maternity Blue Denim Jeans

The SA stores sometimes have their jeans on sale for $2; and as much as I want to take advantage of the sale, I’m just not sure which brands to buy.  But one brand I thought would sell well is Motherhood Maternity.  I recently listed a few and have already made a couple of sales.


I’ve got a pile of clothes and a bunch of ties to list but I keep putting it off.  Ugh, I just find it so boring and time consuming … but I guess they won’t sell sitting in the laundry basket!  Frank @ Fruzie’s Collectibles just reached a milestone: 1,100 listings … congrats!  Wish I knew how they did it.  Read all about it here.

Happy thrifting and saling!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cash for Trash Wednesday

It’s been a busy couple of months and a LONG time since a Cash for Trash post.  Sales have been brisk and I’ve had some interesting sales.  Here are a few of my best:

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FREE PEOPLE Chic LINEN Blend HIGH WAIST FLARE BELL BOTTOM WIDE LEG PANTS NWT NEW – paid $1 @ sa – sold $65

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Mary Engelbreit 17 Piece Child's Tea Set Toy Play Mini Teapot Placemats Napkins – paid $2 @ gs – sold $61.94

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STORYBOOK KNITS Women's Cream Beaded Sunflowers Bee Long Sleeve Sweater Sz 1X – paid $1 @ ts – sold $28

I’ve been listing sweaters – including Ugly Christmas Sweaters – in my store as I buy them and have sold about half of the 40+ I’ve listed so far.  Check out this link from The eBay Entrepreneur about The Bill Cosby sweater.  Another BOLO item!

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ARTHUR SINGER No. 6 in series of Prints Rhododenbron Willow Goldfinch FRAMED – paid $0.98 @ sa – sold $34.37

I found this print in a clearance bin filled with old junky frames.  At less than $1, it was easy to bring it home with me.  Imagine my pleasant surprise when I discovered the print was actually worth something.  Arthur Singer is one of America’s best known bird painters and his prints are highly sought after.

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CRIB BUMPER Kids Line Shabby Chic Pink Green w/ Flowers Lady Bug Chenille Minky- paid $2 @ gw – sold $26.48

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CRIB BUMPER Tiddliwinks Safari Jungle Zoo Lion Elephant Beige Green Stripes – paid $3 @ gw – sold $35.95

Another BOLO item is crib bumpers.  I have found a few at the thrift stores for between $2-$3.  Be careful, though, because not all will sell well.  Pottery Barn is always a best seller and any others that are from quality brands.

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The Far Side by Gary Lawson Damned if You Do Mug 1985 – paid $1.65 @ SA – sold $24.99

Mugs continue to be good sellers for me.  I’ve been picking up quite a few at the thrift stores, like Sandra Boynton, Taylor NG and Starbucks. Love to sell mugs cuz they’re small and easy to ship.

… and last, but not least, these two Jack Daniel’s sales:

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JACK DANIELS 1915 Gold Medal Bottle Limited Edition w/Tag and WHITE RABBIT TOKEN – sold $146.

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JACK DANIEL'S SCENES FROM LYNCHBURG #2 750 ml FULL SEALED w/ WHITE RABBIT TOKEN – sold $123.49

In 2005, we went on a family vacation to visit my DD in Tennessee.  While there, we went on a tour of the Jack Daniels distillery and ended up buying a half dozen bottles of whiskey.  Over the years, we’ve given most of them away as gifts, and these were the last two.  We don’t drink so these were just taking up space and gathering dust.  Then a light bulb went off in my head!  I know you can’t sell liquor on eBay, but you can sell sealed collectible bottles.  I was happy to get over $250 for these two! 

BTW, DH and DS#1 flew out of Tennessee the day before Katrina hit in 2005.  DS#2 and I stayed behind and weathered the storm with DD and her family.  Let’s just say, that is one family vacation we will not forget!

Now, that’s CASH FOR TRASH!

Happy thrifting and saling!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fabulous Find: Kent Coffey Dresser

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I’ve been toying with the idea of upcycling old furniture, in particular dressers.  I’ve seen some great transformations that some elbow grease and paint can do. 

So, a couple months ago, I saw this great dresser as I walked into the SA.  It was obviously vintage mid-century modern (MCM) and a solid piece of furniture in great condition.  It was marked Kent Coffey – a brand I was not familiar with at the time.  At $35 it was priced right so it came home with me.

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Kent Coffey Perspecta Series Credenza / Dresser ($695 OBO)

I discovered this dresser can sell for between $500-$700 in mint or refurbished condition, like the one above.  Score!  My dresser has some surface wear and minor dings, but in solid condition.  So I’ve decided to list it as-is on CL for $250.  A great return on my $35 investment!


The Kent-Coffey Manufacturing Company was started in 1907 by Harold Coffey in Lenoir, North Carolina. He was friend, neighbor and competitor of such icons as James Broyhill and John Bernhardt, the early leaders in establishing the North Carolina furniture industry in the early 1900s.

The Kent-Coffey collections of the 1950s and 1960s were solidly built and priced so the average consumer could afford them, resulting in their being very popular. The brand is experiencing a new surge of interest, as young MCM aficionados are beginning to become familiar with the name and add Kent-Coffey pieces to their growing collections.

Court records indicate that the Singer Company furniture division acquired the company in 1983. But around 1997, the Singer furniture division went bankrupt.


Well, I’m certainly looking forward to fall weather.  The weather is cooler but still in the 90s where I live.  Great weather for garage/yard sales, but this past Saturday the pickings were pretty slim.  There’s always next weekend!

Happy thrifting and saling!