Sales are humming along. This month I had 86 sales, which is pretty much the same as last month (87). Here are my best sales for September:
Spiewak Enhanced Performance EMS Pant Men's Size 50 Black NEW – Paid $2 @ SA – Sold $39.99 – Net Margin 63%
I bought these new-with-tag at the SA thrift store when they had their $2 rag-day sale. They were a size 50 which I knew would be a difficult size to sell, but they were really nice and good quality. I originally had them priced at $45, but eventually dropped the price to $39.99. I had to wait a long time for the right buyer – about 14 months – so am really glad they finally sold.
Roxy Surf Full Wetsuit Girls Kids 10/132 Aqua and Black Water Sports – Paid $1.28 @ GWO – Sold $39.99 – Net Margin 70%
Every once in a while I run across a wetsuit and will pick them up if they’re in good condition. They’re not particularly great sellers, but do sell fairly quickly. This one sold within a month to a buyer here in California.
RALPH LAUREN Purple Label Dress Shirt Size 16 1/2 Black Striped French Cuff – Paid $3 @ SA – Sold $45 – Net Margin 74%
I couldn’t believe it when I ran across this purple label Ralph Lauren shirt at the SA thrift. I knew that some RL shirts with the purple label sell for over $80 so I saw $$ signs. But when I got it home and really looked at it, I saw that it had a yellow ring around the collar. So I tried my best to get rid of the stains, even taking it to the cleaners. The stains did fade away quite a bit; but, if I looked very closely, I could still see them. I ended up listing it for $45 with the mention of the light stains. It sold within 3 weeks and my net profit was still over $33 (minus the cost of the cleaners).
Christmas Opaque Color C-9-1/4 182 Light Bulbs Original Box for Crafts NOS New – Paid $2 @ GS – Sold $48.20 – Net Margin 51%
Early this year, I bought this box of 182 Christmas lights with the intention of making a wreath. But I lost interest in that idea and finally decided to list them. These bulbs were brand new, in great condition and sold for $29.99 plus shipping to a buyer in Georgia.
Max Studio Cashmere Black V-Neck Poncho Sweater Fringe Top Blouse S-L – Paid $0.86 @ GWO – Sold for $49.99 – Net Margin 80%
This cashmere shawl for only 86-cents was an awesome find at the GW outlet. Yeah, you do have to go through all the crap to find the treasures, but it’s so worth it!
NERF Longshot CS-6 Gun N-Strike Dart Blaster Extended Barrel Discontinued Rare – Paid $0.60 @GWO – Sold for $64.99 – Net Margin 76%
I love finding NERF guns and can pick them up pretty cheap at the GW outlet. This one took about 4 months to sell and went to a buyer in Utah.
Here is a breakdown of my September Sales:
No UPI cases
Now that’s cash for trash!
Friday, November 21, 2014
Alright, alright, alright! Another post – how about that! Business was somewhat better in August with 105 sales but not a whole lot more in revenue. The majority – about 75% – of items I sold were under $25. Still, I am grateful for every sale and every penny in revenue. Here are my best sales for August.
Sigma DG 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO HSM DG OS Lens For Canon w/ 2 Filters and Box – Sold $500
Canon EF 75-300mm Zoom Lens for EOS T4i 7D T3i 60D T2i 5DII T1i 50D 40D & Bonus – $40
Two more lenses DH sold on Craigslist. They had also been listed on eBay but they weren’t selling quickly enough so he listed them on CL. That’s another great thing about CL – once the item is sold, it’s sold. No 30-day or 90-day returns on CL!
GoPro HD Helmet HERO 16 MB Camcorder Bundle – Silver – Sold $169.27
This was an older GoPro camera; but with the additional accessories, the buyer from Michigan got a great deal. Another one of DH’s contributions to the cause!
Mammut Passion 10mm x 60m Climbing Rope 06041 UNUSED – Sold $116.80
Petzl GriGri 1 Climbing Belay Top Rope Self-breaking Descender Device – Sold $79.99
These two items had been stored in the garage and were unused or hardly used. The rope went to a buyer in New York and the descender to a buyer in Connecticut. These two items sold for a combined total of almost $200, which really helped reach our goal.
Lot of 10 NERF N-Strike Maverick REV-6 Dart Guns Blasters War Party Pack – Paid $9.75 @ GWO – Sold $99.99 – Net Margin 53%
Another lot of NERF guns I accumulated from the GW outlet. I paid about $0.98 for each gun and sold them for $10 each. This lot went to a buyer in Connecticut and shipping was almost $25. I still made a net profit of almost $54; that’s a net margin of 53%
UGG Kids Girls Bailey Button Triplet Boots 1962 Chestnut Sz 3 Also Fits Womens 4 – Paid $2.70 @ GWO – Sold $76.98 – Net Margin 78%
Another great GW outlet find! These boots were in pretty good condition with not too much wear. They sold pretty quickly to a buyer here in California.
Briggs & Riley Transcend Collection Carry-On Tote BRTD-320 – Paid $0.86 @ GWO – Sold $64.01 – Net Margin 62%
Lowepro Compact AW Professional Camera Shoulder Bag with Rain Fly – Paid $0.86 @ GWO – Sold $51.59 – Net Margin 69%
Here are a couple great bags I found at the outlet. These bags had been left behind in the bins, and I knew they were camera bags when I saw them. Most outlet shoppers ignore these bags, preferring the backpacks or travel bags; but I know some of these camera bags can sell for good money. A good item to add to your BOLO list. One bag went to a buyer in New York and the other to a buyer here in California.
Jon Renau Traditional Wig April Classic Collection Wavy Shorty Bob Layered – Paid $0.85 – Sold for $62.99 – Net Margin 71%
Another item that was ignored by the other outlet shoppers. I don’t know much about wigs, but I know not all wigs are created equal. This wig, however, seemed to be of good quality and was in its original box. I figure for 85-cents I could take a chance on it. So glad I did, because I made a net profit of almost $45. This was an international sale to a buyer in the UK, and first class shipping was only $12.99.
Robert Graham Shirt Mens XL Black Blue Striped Contrast Paisley Cuff – Paid $5.85 @ SA – Sold $59.95 – Net Margin 73%
I actually did not buy this shirt at the GW outlet but found it at a regular Salvation Army. I paid a whopping $5.85 for it but I knew Robert Graham shirts sell for good money. I was thrilled when this shirt sold right away and I just knew the buyer would be happy with it. Unfortunately, I made a huge mistake when I listed the wrong size (XL instead of LG) and didn’t realize this until the buyer contacted me. Of course, by contacting me, he opened up an INAD case, I apologized and asked him to return it for a full refund. He was super nice and eventually decided to keep the shirt to give as a gift. He even left positive FB, but I still received a defect. Oh, well …
UGG Australia Black Leather Clog Slip on Shoes Mens 11 US 44.5 EU – Paid $2.75 @ GWO – Sold $55.00 – Net Margin 64%
Shoppers at the GW outlet go crazy when the bins filled with shoes come out. Most of those shoppers fight over the sneakers, which I have no interest. I wait for the frenzy to be over because I know they will usually overlook shoes like these UGG clogs. These went to a buyer in Texas.
Vintage Levi's Red Tab San Francisco Sherpa Jacket 42L Blue Acid Denim Jean – Paid $5 @ GWO – Sold $53.29 – Net Margin 64%
I found this beat-up Levi’s jacket at the outlet and debated about buying it. I think it was left behind because not only did it have some rips and was well worn, but it was also a little heavy because of the Sherpa lining. This meant that—at $1.49/lb—it was going to cost a few extra bucks. I knew these Levi’s jackets were good sellers but because of its worn condition, I wasn’t sure if this jacket would sell. I decided to take a chance and am glad I did. Even in its worn condition, it still sold for over $53 and my net profit was almost $45.
GI Joe Mobile Missile Launcher Vehicle 25" Truck Electronic Cargo Only – Paid $0.84 @ GWO – Sold $47.09 – Net Margin 66%
I previously mentioned this GI Joe vehicle in this post when I bought it at the GW outlet in June. I had hoped to sell it for $45, but decided to list it at $39.99 plus shipping. This went to a buyer here in California, and my net profit was a decent $31.00.
1996 Talking Barney Dinosaur Interactive Doll Plush 16" – Paid $1.00 @ Garage Sale – Sold $53.29 – Net Margin 64%
I’ve had this Barney doll in my store since June of LAST year, and I was really glad to see it go. When DS#1 was a toddler, he loved Barney; and would sing and dance to the famous “I Love You” song. He was so cute! Of course, I don’t mention this to him now and he would be so embarrassed if he knew I was posting this. So, let’s not tell him! This Barney went to a buyer in Kansas.
Here is a breakdown of my August Sales:
One UPI Case – Closed and credited
Now that’s cash for trash!