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!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cash for Trash: Vintage Sharp PC-1262 Calculator

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Vintage Sharp PC-1262 Pocket Computer Calculator with Cover Manual Box

I found this nifty little vintage pocket computer calculator during one of my trips to the GW outlet store.  It came with its original manual and box; and I paid about $1.15 for it.  It sold within 24 hours of listing for $60 to a buyer in Texas.  Ka-ching!

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Kodak EASYSHARE Z740 5.0 MP Zoom Digital Camera – Silver

This older digital camera with its original box was another outlet find.  It was in great condition, but I didn’t really know if it worked or not.  At 69-cents a pound, I thought it was worth the risk.  Turns out it worked great!  I even thought of keeping it, but instead sold it on eBay for $60 to a buyer in Oklahoma.

These two sales more than cover the cost of my 2-day purchases at the outlet.  You just can’t beat that!


I’ve been busy listing some of the other goodies I found at the outlet store.  So far, nothing else has sold yet, but it’s only been a few days.  Most everything is listed with a fixed price, but I may send some over to auction.

Here are a few listings of some of the better items I found:

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The Classic TinkerToy Construction MEGA SET 325 Pieces WOOD – Listed $70

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Fisher Price T.M.X. Extra Special Edition Tickle Me Elmo Laughing Giggle 2007 – Listed $49.99

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ALF Plush Alien Life Form Stuffed Animal 1986 16" 18" Vintage Coleco Doll – Listed $49.99

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NEW Sony Walkman Stereo Cassette Player with Headphones WM FX101 NIP – Listed $45.99

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Snowy Owl Life-Like Large Plush Stuffed Bird Discovery Channel – Listed $29.99

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Hallmark 2000 Toymaker Santa Keepsake Ornament First in Series Ken Crow – Listed $24.95

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Annalee 13" Holiday Nightshirt Mouse Doll Vintage 1965 – Listed $22.99

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Wrebbit Puzz 3D Star Wars R2-D2 708 Pieces Challenging – Listed $22.99

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Talking Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Disney Pixar Grey Blue Action Figure 1991 – Listed $22.99

The outlet had a LOT of tables with clothes; and shoe tables were really popular.  But I was not interested in any of it; and there were not too many tables with miscellaneous or housewares, so many of the items I picked up were plush and toys.  Since I paid 69-cents per pound, I divided the number of items by the amount I paid.  I figure I paid about $1.15 for each item I picked up on my 2nd trip.


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X-Wing Fighter Pilot Star Wars Jumpsuit Fancy Dress Up Halloween Child Costume – Listed $47.99

On my first trip to the outlet, I scored a large lot of costumes, paying about 75-cents for each.  I picked up 15 costumes and have them listed between $47.99 and $19.99.  I don’t expect many sales – if any – on these until after summer, but you just never know.


Admittedly, the outlet store is not for everyone.  There is definitely a lot of junk, junk and more junk.  Many items are either missing parts or non-working, so there is some risk if you’re not careful.  But if you’re willing to spend some time and dig through the bins, you’re sure to find some treasures at a deep discount.  Although the price is now $1.49 per pound, I’m sure I’ll still be able to find some great deals.

Now, this is literally cash for trash!


In response to a request, here is the link to videos by the Gillmans.  Their YouTube subscription is called GILLDADDY. 

Sara Gillman is also a member of one of the FB groups I belong to, and she posted the following image that shows their 2013 revenue was close to $100,000:

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Like many of us, they not only shop at outlet stores but also regular thrift stores and garage sales.  I think what I find especially interesting about their inventory is that they part out their items.  As an example, a blender that may sell for $25, with a net profit of maybe $15, can bring in maybe $70 if parted out.  The lid, the bowl, the blade and the motor are sold separately for $15-$25 each.  Here is a link to their latest video which answers questions from their subscribers.  Lots of good info!