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!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Cash for Trash: Christmas Sales

Hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Christmas with family and friends.  We had a very nice – albeit quiet – Christmas holiday.  We celebrated with our two sons and are thankful to have each other.  We are also thankful for our blessings: a roof over our heads, food on our table, and good health – but most of all the love of family and friends.

Hope your December sales have been rocking!  I decided that for this month, I would not do any product sourcing and no marathon listing sessions.  I wanted to focus on birthday and holiday celebrations and all the work activity that they bring.

Instead I concentrated on catching up on listing items I’d already bought.  My goal was to have everything listed by end of the year; and so far, so good!

I did not have any gangbuster sales, but sales did trickle in here and there.  The great thing was that I moved out some old stock. 

Lenox BUTTERFLY MEADOW Honey Pot with Lid and Wood Spoon

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I bought this at the GW in January for $4.99.  Sold it for $45 to a buyer in New Hampshire.  Glad to see it go!

Tommy Bahama Silk Shirt Mens L Black Swingers Choice Paradise Casino Embroidered

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Another Tommy Bahama shirt I picked up at a garage sale for $5.  Sold it for $49.99 to a buyer in California.  I’m thinking this was probably a Christmas gift; but with the warm weather we have in Calif, the buyer could have bought it for personal use and wear it year round.

Brooks Brothers Wool Cashmere Mens 48 Reg Navy Blue Blazer Sport Coat Jacket

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Men's Cashmere Trench Over Coat by Cricketeer Mens 52L Woven in Italy

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In 2012, I read this post from Suzanne @ The eBay Coach about selling men’s sports coats/blazers and thought I’d give it a try.  So, I promptly bought a dozen from the thrift stores, paying between $1-$5 each. Well, they’ve been hanging around (literally) for over a year, and I finally got around to  listing them earlier this month.  I quickly sold 6 of them, with this Brooks Brothers cashmere blazer and Cricketeer cashmere coat selling for the most: $59.95 and $64.98 ($124.98).  Not bad for an investment of $7.50. 

After looking at them for over a year, I’ve reached a point where I just want to move them out. So I have most listed for $22.99 to $24.99 and $44.99 (all FS) with a Best Offer option.  Even so, I’m thinking that I’ll keep men’s cashmere blazers on my BOLO list.

Polaroid Sun 600 LMS Light Management System Tested and Working Made in USA

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I knew Polaroid cameras are good sellers, but I had never run across one until I found this one at a garage sale.  I was rummaging through a pile of clothes when I heard a little boy telling his mom how much he wanted “one”.  I look over and he’s playing around with this camera.  His mom is telling him to leave it be because it probably doesn’t work, but he continues to play around with it. 

In the meantime, I’m keeping my eye on him.  Lo and behold, he figures out how to work it and takes a picture!  He is so excited as he runs over to his mom and tells her it works.  I keep stalking watching him, but get sidetracked as they go up to pay for their items.  I finally take what few things I have to the seller and there on a table next to her is THE camera – and no little boy in sight.  Apparently, his mom didn’t want to fork out the money to get it for him.  I add it to my pile and end up paying $2 for it.  It sold for $61.36 to a buyer in Texas.  Ka-ching!

I’m taking the time between Christmas and New Year’s day to do some bookkeeping and analyzing my sales for the past year.  I’ve been re-assessing my business and working on my goals for the new year.  I’m really looking forward to better sales in 2014! 

Now that’s cash for trash!


  1. You are one of the best sellers I know. I'm sure you'll have a great 2014. I have to finish up my end of the year paperwork too. Oh fun!

    1. Thanks, Lorriane, but I have my share of flops LOL! As for paperwork, I have been keeping up throughout the year. Usually I'm overwhelmed the beginning of the year and spend HOURS putting it all together. But I'm good this year!

  2. We have made some nice sales on blazers, but haven't done a good job of sourcing them. That needs to stop.

    Nice sales.

    1. Thanks, Frank. I was really surprised that I sold 6 blazers right away. You do so well with your jerseys and shirts, I'm sure you'll do well with men's blazers.

  3. Great sales! I hope you do a post about your plans/goals for the New Year. I'm always interested to hear how other resellers change and grow their business. My goal for the upcoming year is to double or triple my sales and my listed inventory. For Christmas/Birthday I got a new laptop and a new camera which will help. Now I need to list more and shop more.

    1. Woo hoo! A new laptop and new camera! You are ready for the new year! I too want to increase my sales, but also make higher sales. I think I may spend a bit more on items to make more money. Will definitely do a post so please stay tuned.