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, February 16, 2018

2016 Year-End Review and Best Things I Sold

Well, it seems that I wasn’t the only one who took a break from blogging.  Now that I’m back, I found that many of my favorite bloggers have disappeared or on hiatus.  But am happy to see that a few of you are still active and I need to do some catching-up! 

I actually went from reading blogs to reading Facebook and Instagram posts.  Seems that’s where most folks are now sharing their thrifty finds and sales so I joined a few eBay selling groups on FB.  At first I found them to be very informative and supportive; but with the drama and whining I’m just not getting much from any of it.  A big part of why I’m back to blogging.  Folks here are so much nicer and helpful!

So, just for the sake of consistency and to make up for lost time, I’m going to do a “year-end” post for 2016.  Kind of keeps things in order because that’s just how I roll LOL!

Here are a few of my best eBay sales for 2016 (all “sold” amounts include shipping revenue):

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Grinders Black Steel Toe 10 Eyelet Boots Black Leather UK8 US9 – Paid $2.68 @ GWO – Sold for $79.75 – Net Margin 73%


Ralph Lauren Paisley Blue and White Heavy Cotton Linen Fabric 3.5 Yards – Paid $7.45 @ GWO – Sold for $87.70 – Net Margin 54%

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Cuisinart DLC7 Pro Replacement WORK BOWL Amber – Free – Sold for $41.79 – Net Margin 73%

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Anaheim Ducks Vintage NHL Hockey Jersey XL – Paid $0.80 @ GWO – Sold for $69.50 - Net Margin 78%

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Nissen Danish Mid Century Modern Teak Wood Ice Bucket Vintage – Paid $2.09 @ Savers – Sold for $36.40 - Net Margin 53%

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Wood Roundhouse 5-Way Switch Track Thomas Train Wooden – Paid $0.25 @ GWO – Sold for $31.19 – Net Margin 67%

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Dimensions Ivory Angel Stocking Kit Crewel Stitchery Christmas 8087 NEW – Paid $1.39 @ Savers – Sold for $79.99 – Net Margin 83%


COCOMOTION by Mr. Coffee Hot Chocolate Maker Hot Cocoa Machine Model HC4 – Paid $7.99 @ SA – Sold for $44.49 – Net Margin 50%

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Polish Pottery Boleslawiec Set of 4 Stoneware Mugs – Paid $3.96 @ GW – Sold for $53.34 – Net Margin 50%

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London Fog 40 R Mens Charcoal Gray Wool Winter Top Coat – Paid $5 @ GWO – Sold for $57.34 – Net Margin 51%


Corinthian Cocktail Table & 2 End Tables Glass Tops – Free – Sold for $75 (local pickup) – Net Margin 100%

A friend of mine was downsizing, and she needed help moving some furniture.  She offered me a pair of sofas and these tables if DH would help her.  These tables just aren’t my style so I listed them on Craigslist; they sold within a few days.  I figured at $25 each they were priced to sell.

Over 50% of my sales in 2016 were for clothes.  I got the bright idea that I wanted to focus more of my inventory on clothing, going for the “fast nickel” rather than the “slow dime”.  Besides, clothes were much easier to ship.  I took a huge step and bid on a large container of clothing at the GW auction.  I paid $240 and there were hundreds of pieces of clothes, almost all blouses and tops. What was I thinking?!  About 50% of the stuff was useless, but I still ended up with about 700 pieces.

It was a lot of work and it took over a year to sell most of it (so much for the “fast nickel”).  Most of the pieces were not big sellers, but sales were close to $4,600 with a 50% net margin (a little over $2,300).  Would I do it again?  No, NEVER!

And, here’s the breakdown for 2016 ...

Gross Revenue:  $10,860

Expenses: $5,530

Net Revenue: $5,330

Net Profit Margin: 49%

Number of sales: 636

Highest sale: $87.70 (Ralph Lauren fabric, pictured above)

Lowest sale: $0.99 (plus shipping) – 51 items sold at this price

Average revenue per item: $17.08 (lower than 2015 – it was those darn blouses LOL!)

I’ll be doing a similar post for 2017 so please come back. 

Happy thrifting and selling!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Thrifty Treasures: I’m Back

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Yes, it has been awhile – actually, a really long time.  Two years this month to be exact.  But I’ve recently gotten the itch to write again and thought I’d start up again.

Back in February 2016 when I wrote my last post, my DD and 2 GDs were living with me; and life was busy.  In March, we made a family trip to San Francisco and had a fantastic time!  Then in June, my youngest GD was promoted from middle school to high school.  With my DD working FT and both DGDs in high school, I was a very busy grandma.


But life is full of twists and turns, and things don’t always turn out as you expect.  A lot has happened in the past two years.  Long story short, my DD reunited with her significant other; and last month, they moved to Tennessee with their youngest daughter with the intention of returning to California some day soon. 

My older GD continues to live with me and is now a senior in high school, looking forward to graduation in June and college in September.I have promised her an international trip as her high school graduation gift and she has chosen Ireland as her favorite destination.  (Actually, she said anywhere outside of U.S. would be fine; she just wants to see the world!)


DS#1 and DGD at The Box, a small performing venue, for a production of GREASE.  My DGD was one of the musicians.

My older son also permanently moved out on his own and is now living in San Diego.  It took him a few years to get a solid-paying permanent job after graduating from Berkeley, but he’s now doing very well.  He just came back from a 2-week vacation in Vietnam, where he met up with some co-workers. 

My younger son is still living with us and is working as an EMT.  He works long shifts and sometimes is gone for days/weeks at a time.  His career goal is to be a paramedic, although I’m trying to convince him to go into nursing.  He’s also doing well and we’re proud of both our sons.

So, with things back to normal (as normal can be), I find that my life is less hectic, and I have some time to blog again.  At least, I hope to post at least once or twice a month.  For now, I just want to share a few Thrifty Treasures I found this month at the thrift stores.

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I love pottery and in particular California and Mexican pottery, like these Gorky Gonzalez Mexican majolica pottery pieces.  Gorky Gonz├ílez was a Mexican potter who won the National Prize for Arts and Literature for his efforts to revive Mexican majolica pottery. Sadly, he passed away a year ago, but his son Gorky Jr. has followed in his father’s footsteps and continues the legacy. 

I paid $5.50 for this 2-piece platter and double-dish set.  They are in great condition and a definite score!


This is another Mexican majolica piece that I found.  It is signed T. Ruth Mex. but I cannot find any information on this artist.  There are several pieces up for sale on various platforms, but no one seems to have any information on the artist.  I paid $3.50 for it and I love it!


I also found this plate at the same time I found the one above by T. Ruth. This plate is by Jacqueline Thompson Tattoo Ceramics of San Francisco and depicts a skull that reminds me of Dia de Los Muertos  I had never heard of this artist until now but am thrilled to come across this plate. 


Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday or tradition celebrated on November 1 that celebrates the lives of the deceased. This holiday recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community.  It coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day of the Catholic calendar. It’s only been in the past couple of years that my family and I have celebrated this event, and it has now become a family tradition. 

Well, that’s it for now.  I have enjoyed this process of journaling about my thrifting adventures and treasures.  And, I hope to continue as time permits, if for no other reason than for my own personal documentation.

Happy thrifting and selling!