It just hit me like a knock on the head that tomorrow is December 1. I’ve been so busy with the holiday, family, and eBay that one day just morphed into another with the blink of an eye. And, since I’m on a roll with posting, I thought I’d do one last post for November.
I was thrilled that, without too much effort on my part, October turned out to be my second highest month of the year with over 150 sales. I love the last quarter of the year! Here are my top sellers:
I found this gorgeous teapot at a garage sale that had lots of children’s clothing and toys, but one table had some housewares. I picked this one up and another teapot for $1 each. Sold it in 4 months for $39.99 to a buyer in Florida. Net margin = 55%
This was another garage sale find. This garage sale was on its second run, and the owners had already moved out-of-state. Their adult children were selling the leftovers and were at a point where they just wanted to get rid of what was left. I had picked up a few clothing items for a quarter, and I was taking one last look when I spotted this in the garage. It was grimy and tatty-looking so the “kids” let me have it for a buck. I cleaned it up with a bit of Minwax and it cleaned up beautifully. Sold it for $40.55 to another buyer in Florida. Net margin = 48%
I will usually pick up these little Easy Bake ovens when I run across them and can get them for under $5. I found this one at a huge garage sale and paid $3 for it. It also came with a few extras which was a great selling point. Sold it for $51.29 to a buyer in Arizona. Net margin = 59%
Of course, if I spot a closed box in a thrift store aisle, you know I have to open it. Normally, I would have left this behind, but I read somewhere in blogland that vintage fondue sets can be good sellers. I didn’t know anything about this item; and at $5.99 I wasn’t sure about buying it. But it felt like good quality and it was new in its original box, so I brought it home. It sold for $53.62 within 2 months to a buyer in Texas. Net margin = 51%
I bought this Halloween sweater for $1 from the SA and it has been in my store since February. It FINALLY sold for $53.99 to a buyer from Canada. I didn’t pick up any Christmas sweaters throughout the year for various reasons. One, because I just didn’t run across them as often; and two, when I did find them, they were priced from $10-$15 at the thrift stores, especially Goodwill and Savers. Oh, well, so much for Goodwill haunting!
First place goes to these two Eileen Fisher items. Eileen Fisher is always a top seller but it’s not always a fast one. I purchased the pants last year at a garage sale for $1 and finally sold them for $39.99, after dropping the price multiple times. I bought the blouse at the SA in February for $1. It was brand new with its original price tag. I originally priced it at $125, but it finally sold for $79.99. My investment for both items was $2 and total sales for both was $119.98. Ka-ching! Net margin = 80%
Magic MTG Cards Lot Scalding Tarn x4 4 Zendikar RARE Dual Lands Land Duel – Sold for $175
Misty Rainforest x3 Zendikar Near Mint Magic the Gathering MTG – sold $120
Ok, I’m cheating a bit with these two sales because these Magic The Gathering cards belonged to DS#1. These had been in the garage for a few years and I am so glad I did not clean it out while DS was away. I think he’s had these cards since he was in high school – about 10 years now – so I would have thought these were old and no good. But there are still a lot of gamers out there who pay top dollar for specific cards. DS stored these in protective sleeves, and they were in mint condition. Total sales was $295! He sold a few other cards but not for anywhere near these.
Now That’s Cash for Trash