When I first saw this music box at the GW, I thought it was just a regular trinket box. Thinking it was not worth much, I walked by it a couple of times. However, the little guy on the top finally got my attention so I picked it up. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was a music box. I was not at all familiar with the brand, but at $2.69 I decided to bring it home. I did some research and was happy to see that some of these music boxes can bring in some big bucks. This one sold for $40 to a buyer in Florida. Net margin = 64%
I picked up this set of Pyrex bowls at a garage sale. The owners were downsizing and had already sold their home so their prices were pretty reasonable. As much as I say I am not a big fan of shipping large breakables, I keep buying these items. At $3 for the set, I just couldn’t pass it up. I originally planned to sell the bowls individually; but after doing some research, I decided I’d be better off selling the set. Sold it for $46.99 to a buyer in Arizona. Net margin = 55%
I thought packing and shipping the set of bowls would be problem, but I wrapped each bowl with bubble wrap then taped the bowls together. I then wrapped the stack in cardboard FOMO-style which I then put into a box and added peanuts. I know the bowls have been delivered and I haven’t heard from the buyer, so am assuming they arrived safe and sound.
So far, these are the only two Christmas sweaters I’ve sold this year. I bought the men’s moose sweater at the SA for $3. I didn’t even notice at the time that it had a little music box attached to it. It sold for $49.94.
I found the black Christmas sweater with two others at the GW. They were brand new with tags so I was surprised they were only $5.39 each. I sold this one for $31.98. Total paid for both sweaters was $8.59 and total sales was $81.92. Net margin = 61%
Right now I have 3 Christmas sweaters in my store; and these 2 sales make five total I bought for the year. Last year I bought and sold 10 times as many. Are Ugly Christmas sweaters still good sellers for you?
I was doing a happy dance when I found this Tommy Bahama shirt at a garage sale in a large pile of clothes dumped in the driveway. I ask the seller how much and he says $3. Then he says there are more and wanted to know if I’d seen them. Holy moly, I went through that pile of clothes like gangbusters. In total I found 5 embroidered and 2 plain TB shirts – all at $3 each. Score! I sold this one for $49.99 to a buyer in Florida. Net margin = 67%
Be sure to add Laurel Burch to your BOLO list. I first wrote about Laurel Burch in 2010 in this post. She was a popular artist and designer who passed away in 2007. Pretty much anything made by her is a good seller but vintage items made prior to her death bring in the highest bucks. I paid $1.79 for this mug from the GW and sold it for $74.99 to a buyer in Minnesota. Net margin = 74%
Grand prize award goes to this Lego basketball set. I found this at a garage sale that had already been going on for a couple of hours. There were quite a few people looking around but no one was paying attention to this Lego set. I saw that the pieces were brand new, still sealed. I was thinking the seller wanted something like $20 for it, which is why it was still there, but I picked it up anyway. I had to mask my surprise when she said $5! I ended up selling it to a buyer in New Jersey for $245.00! Ka-ching!
There’s a little side story to this item. It first sold to a buyer from Italy; and I noticed I had mistakenly set international shipping at $14.00 for first class shipping. Yikes! Had he paid for the item, I would have sent it to him. Good thing he didn’t …
He first sent me a message asking if I could give him a better price, and then asked me to fib about the price on the customs form. Red flags! At this point, I was anxious to have him go away so I sent a message telling him shipping was $55 and perhaps it’d be best if I cancelled the transaction – which I did. Unfortunately, he denied the request.
So I waited for his payment … and waited …. and waited. To make matters worse, I could not open a UPI case because my request to cancel the transaction was denied! So I called eBay and was told to send him another message and to wait another few days. I got tired of waiting so I relisted the item and it sold within days of relisting it. I finally did get my FV fees after contacting eBay again, but it should have been easier. Lesson learned: I required immediate payment when I relisted it.
Now that’s cash for trash!