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, May 24, 2013

Cash for Trash: Pendleton and Western Shirts

Sales have been lukewarm but steady this month.  I’ve had just over 100 sales so far and looks like I’m not going to reach my monthly sales goal this month.  I’m sure it’s because I haven’t been listing as much as I would like.  Ya’ll know, the more you list, the more you sell.


But I did have some great sales with these western and flannel shirts I found at garage sales for only $1 each.  These were all auction-style listings.

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PENDLETON Virgin Wool Board Shirt RED PLAID Loop Collar USA MADE XL TALL – Paid $1 @ GS – Sold $33.00

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PENDLETON Virgin Wool Board Shirt BLUE & RED PLAID Loop Collar USA MADE 2X TALL – Paid $1 @ GS – Sold $37.99

I always pick up Pendleton shirts when I find them, but ya really gotta check for holes in the wool fabric.  These 2 Pendleton shirts were in great condition and were both a tall-and-big size.  Too bad they weren’t vintage cuz those can bring in over $100! 

Click here for more information on Pendleton shirts.  Includes pictures of labels by age so you can identify those vintage shirts.

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Panhandle Slim Retro Western Shirt White w/ Brown Trim Turquoise-Button-Snap XL – paid $1 @ GS – sold $29.99

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Vintage WRANGLER Western Southwestern Navajo Button Shirt Men's XL 17-17.5 NEW – Paid $1 @ GS – Sold $19.98

I also pick up most western shirts when I run across them cuz I know they’re a sure sale. Check out this list from Frank @ Fruzies; he has a great post on western shirts. I was really hoping the vintage Wrangler shirt would bring in a little more as it was brand new; but I’m thinking maybe the pink color was not so hot.

Well, I would say a return of $120.96 on a $4 investment ain’t chicken feed!  So keep your eyes open for flannel and western shirts when you’re out thrifting or saling.


Speaking of western flannel shirts, here’s a great BOLO tip from Suzie Q., who left a comment about Arrow Chevella shadow plaid shirts.

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VTG 50s Arrow Chevella Shadow Plaid Flannel Shirt Medium Rayon Red Black MINT

This vintage flannel shirt sold for over $350!!  I just did a search of sold Arrow Chevella plaid shirts, and there are about ten that sold for over $200.  Check out the sold listings here.

Now that’s Cash for Trash!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day … I’m Back with Cash for Trash!

I hope that 2013 has been treating you all well!  It’s been a busy year, and I can’t believe that almost half the year has gone by.  Yes, I am guilty of being AWOP - Absent Without Posting –  but I’m happy to be back. There’s been a few changes in my eBay business, but the biggest one is that jeans are now my main product. 

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The year started with business as usual; but in February a couple things happened to change that.  First, DS#1 cleaned out his closet and gave me a couple of bags of clothes for the thrift store.  Typical mom, I went through them first and pulled out these two Levi’s jeans.  I figured I could sell them on eBay for a few dollars.  WELL, they sold right away for a total of $91! Ka-ching!

Another thing that happened was that I stumbled upon an eBay seller who was making $$ selling jeans – only jeans.  I was able to see her sold listings for the previous 3 months and discovered she was selling about 1,000 jeans a month! If her net profit per pair was $3-$5, she was clearing $3000-$5000 per month.   And she was not just selling the “big buck” brands, but also the “regular” brand jeans.  She had about 3,000 jeans listed in her store. Wow!

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NEW Chip and Pepper Sunnybrook Ultra Flare Flap Jeans – Sold $29.99

This was an eye-opener for me since I was not familiar with jeans and never bothered with them.  But I realized you don’t have to just sell those True Religion and Citizens of Humanity jeans to make money.

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Levi's 501 BUTTON FLY STRAIGHT LEG Men's Jeans Size 34 X 29 – Sold $30

My local SA thrift store sells jeans for $2 on rag days … and if I buy 100, they are only $1 each.  I don’t  have any intention of listing 3,000 jeans, but one of my goals for 2013 is to increase the number of items in my store to 800-1,000 items.  So with this in mind, one day I went to the SA and bought the 100 jeans for $1 each.

I talked to DH about this and he agreed to help with the “project”.  He photographs and measures; and I do the rest.  I really thought I’d be able to list 75-100 items a week, but that’s a lot easier said than done – even with hubby’s help.  So far I have listed almost 400 jeans since February and sold a few thousand $ worth of jeans.  We’ve certainly kept busy! 

I’ve also been trying to get out to the garage sales every Saturday.  I don’t want to limit myself to selling just jeans and I’ve been able to pick up a few other things. Here are a few of my better sales:

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TOMMY BAHAMA EMBROIDERED SILK CAMP SHIRT HULA GRL SWINGING IN PARADISE 2X TALL – Paid $2 – Sold $65

I bought this Tommy Bahama shirt at a garage sale.  Once home I discovered it had a stain, but this shirt was definitely worth taking to the cleaners.  It took awhile, but it finally sold for $65.00.

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Pottery Barn Silver Antique Mercury Glass 13" Large Pillar Candle Holders PAIR – Paid $5.39 – Sold $44.38

This pair of candle holders caught my eye at the GW when another customer picked them up and then put them back.  I quickly picked them up and saw they were Pottery Barn so they came home with me.  Once home, I discovered they had moisture in them and some of the mercury was missing.  Darn it!  I paid over $5 so I didn’t want to just get rid of them, but would anyone buy them?  They sure would!  After all, they were Pottery Barn.

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American Spirit Compatible Laser Black Toner Cartridge 2100 HP-96A C4906A NEW – Paid $0.50 – Sold $29.99

Found this toner cartridge at a yard sale.  Actually, I saw an original new and sealed Hewlett-Packard cartridge first.  When the seller said fifty-cents, I jumped at it.  Then she said she had another one in the house and I told her I’d take it too.  I was a little disappointed when she returned and it was not an HP brand, but it was also only fifty-cents.  This one sold pretty quickly with a very nice profit.  The HP cartridge is still listed at $79.99, but I may drop the price a little.  Better to have money in my pocket than it sitting in the closet.

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DR DOC MARTENS Black Leather Mary Janes UK 6 US 8 EU 39 BLACK MINT EUC – Paid $3 – Sold $69.98

Bought these shoes at a garage sale and the seller told me she was asking $3 for them “because they were almost like new, worn only once”. Wow, $3 – I’ll take them.  Sold for $69.98 – Ka-ching!

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NEW Looney Tunes TASMANIAN DEVIL Collectible Cookie Jar 1993 NIB NRFB – Paid $5 – Sold $49.99

I found this brand new cookie jar at an estate sale.  I really try to stay away from these types of items to resell because of the shipping.  But it was still in its original packing so it wasn’t too bad to package.  It sold faster than I expected and I was happy for the sale.


I certainly hope 2013 has been good to you and your sales have been jumping.  So far, my sales are better than they’ve been the past 2 years for the same time period. 

I’m also happy with the new price structure for eBay stores.  I’m still cautious because eBay doesn’t do anything unless it benefits eBay.  It seems to benefit the majority of sellers but sellers without stores seem to be the more adversely affected.

Although I haven’t been posting, I’ve been keeping up with your blogs and the Facebook groups I belong to so I haven’t really been missing in action.  Thank you for not abandoning me and I do hope to keep blogging on a more regular basis, maybe posting once a week.

Wishing All Mom’s a Wonderful Mother’s Day