I bought several large pieces of this Franciscan Apple design at a garage sale for only $1 each. This was a newer piece made in Portugal, but some of the vintage pieces in this design made in the USA can sell for some good money. It sold for $38.49 and went to a buyer in Florida. Net margin = 51%
I originally bought this at the GW for our own personal use. It was reasonably priced at $5 and in nice clean condition so I brought it home. It sat on the counter for awhile, and I never bothered to learn how to use it. Then one day I ran across this post from Frank over at Fruzies blog. It was the exact same espresso maker in black; and he’d sold it for $49! Hmmm, this machine may not be making any coffee, but it may make me a nice chunk of change. It sold within 3 weeks for $49 to a buyer in Indiana. Thanks, Frank! Net margin = 40%
I bought this incomplete dinnerware set of 20 pieces at the GW for $12.99. These pieces were made in England and are just beautiful. They were also brown transferware, which is collectible. I listed the 6 dinner plates at $12 each (plus shipping) in one listing. Four plates sold right away to a buyer in New Hampshire for a total of $64.90. The last 2 plates also sold recently to a buyer in Oklahoma who paid a total of $35.74. Total paid for all 6 dinner plates is $100.94. Net margin = 58%
If you haven’t already, be sure to add Griswold cast iron on your BOLO list. I purchased this at an estate sale. I purchased both this 10” skillet and an Emeril Lagasse skillet for $18. I knew the lidded Griswold skillet would fetch a good price, but wasn’t so sure about Emeril’s. Turns out that used Emeril skillets don’t fetch much more than $10-$15, so I kept it for personal use. The Griswold skillet with lid sold for a total of $80.95 to a buyer in Alabama. Net margin = 60%
I purchased this Christmas village building early this year for only $2.39 at the SA half-price sale. It was Dept 56 and I knew it would be a good seller; but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep it or sell it. I finally decided to list it when I saw how much $$ this could fetch. I listed it in July – the middle of summer – thinking it would sit in my store for a couple of months. It sold within 6 days for a total of $85.42 to a buyer in Pennsylvania. Christmas sells year round, even in the summer! Net margin = 68%
This is another DH find from a garage sale. This tool set was brand new, never used, and we paid $10 for it. We weren’t sure how much it would re-sell for but DH decided to take a chance. Of course, I’m thinking $100-plus; but the original price was $79, although I think it’s no longer available in stores. I put it up for action with a starting price of $75 plus shipping. It ended up selling for a total of $96.00 to a buyer in Illinois. Net margin = 75%
Now that’s cash for trash!