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!
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:
The Classic TinkerToy Construction MEGA SET 325 Pieces WOOD – Listed $70
Fisher Price T.M.X. Extra Special Edition Tickle Me Elmo Laughing Giggle 2007 – Listed $49.99
ALF Plush Alien Life Form Stuffed Animal 1986 16" 18" Vintage Coleco Doll – Listed $49.99
NEW Sony Walkman Stereo Cassette Player with Headphones WM FX101 NIP – Listed $45.99
Snowy Owl Life-Like Large Plush Stuffed Bird Discovery Channel – Listed $29.99
Hallmark 2000 Toymaker Santa Keepsake Ornament First in Series Ken Crow – Listed $24.95
Annalee 13" Holiday Nightshirt Mouse Doll Vintage 1965 – Listed $22.99
Wrebbit Puzz 3D Star Wars R2-D2 708 Pieces Challenging – Listed $22.99
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.
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:
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!