I have had a Bodum Coffee French Press Braxil model for about a decade. Loved it while using it. When I came on hard times I switched to instant. Nice find!
I'm totally jealous about that duck gumball machine. I want it! Granted it was way out of my price range. I didn't even know they existed though. The last thing I saw online that I really wanted was a gemstone globe. Still looking for those to pop up locally so I can get one for cheap.
I got one of those kitchen scales as a present from my bff one year. She told me, "Now you can stop estimating on your ebay packages!" This was before I went legit and got a digital scale ;)
I find these videos fascinating. I can't help but wonder who it is buying a pre-loved trophy? What are they doing with it? Just... Why? It is a little crazy making.
I recently sold a bunch of local gymnastic medals that were pre owned. Even engraved with specific info I want some of them. I marketed them as a play opportunity or for kids who just want to get a medal for something they've done. none of them were actually gold bronze or silver just colored that way. But they sold and the buyer was happy to get them.
this one sold to Studio City, CA, so i think it's a prop. but also people buy to make their own trophies, put their own engravings on them and i think hipsters buy them as a joke to put on their mantles. one time a friend of ours, in the early days of video on the internet, had an awards show and we all gave out vintage trophies like this. we even had a little craft table where people could decorate them all crazy, it was fun.
Some times, local cash-strapped sports groups will buy used trophies, and have a new little engraved plaque put on them for the kid that wins. It's cheaper than buying a new trophy. Used trophies are the sort of item that don't really have a lot of wear. They just sit on the shelf.
It's so awesome that people are keeping these out of landfill. I love the idea of decorating them all crazy for fun... I have to think there is an idea in there for my son's end of year soccer breakup. Omg, I may have just become somebody who buys pre-loved trophies on the Internet!
Great video. I also find them fascinating. Like I think you said on the podcast Ryanne, they are great for ideas, some many things I never thought of picking up before. And I find them so much more helpful and inspirational than so many of the 'haul' videos that are out there showing what people are intending to list and what price they think they will get.
i would love it if someone else made 'what sold' videos, i'd love to see some random stuff that other people sell. it is great for ideas, even i forget what sold by the end of the week and when i edit them, i'm like 'oh yeah, that was a cool sale'. ha ha.
Mad Maine made some brief sales videos and I like Etsy seller / Youtuber Planet Alissa's vintage items sales videos. I love yours too Ryanne for the little gems like "Pillows always do well." I've held and passed on needlepoint pillows like that. Hmm...
What if it was possible to add pics to this site. You could have a what sold section. But set limits of course. I like watching the videos too though.
Danna Crawford does you tube videos of her what sold items. They are short and fast but have some good information and sales. She is a long time eBay seller.
Hi - Just want you to know--a couple of weeks ago, you showed an Etienne Aigner wallet. Next day I found one for a Dollar. 3 days later, sold it for $25!!!Your videos really help me!
Ryanne, what is your experience with other Pendelton jackets/clothes? I know you said in the video that you have had that blazer for several years and it sold for $6. Have you had others that sold well and this particular one was an outlier or do they not typically sell well? I'm asking because I have done really well on Pendelton blankets (buy for a couple bucks and sell for $50+) so I scooped up about 20 blazers, skirts, and pants at an estate sale for $1 each and there hasn't been a lot of action on them (low views, no watchers, no offers or sales).Thanks!
Leanring about what moves and what remains stagnant is always a good thing in this busniess
pendleton is a great brand for blankets, heavy jackets and fabric. i have bought tons of skirts and blazers over the years, and like you said, they don't move very quickly. not sure why, maybe they're just not super stylish right now? they are really cool in my opinion, i think you just have to price them really cheap sadly.
'Treasures from Grandma's' may be having a big Pendleton clearance sale in the coming weeks! Live and learn, I'll stick to the blankets. :)
I know a guy who sells a lot of name brand clothing on eBay and according to him when it comes to this brand, buy anything 100 percent wool but avoid everything else. This guy made some ebooks and videos on brands and it was one listed.
Thanks, Emmy. It's all 100% wool and all vintage (the white tags with the yellow writing place them late '60s/early '70s). Might be the style/color or might just not be a hot ticket. I do love the blankets though and they flip very quickly and easily.
Pendleton blankets, pillows, wallets, purses and men's wear-->hot, women's stuff generally, not. I bought one women's blazer, never again, there simply isn't a big market for it at the moment.
It's hard to pass on that Pendleton label whenever I see it as I just don't see it very often, board shirts and blankets always sell, vintage coats do well too. I just picked up a non vintage gray wool men's coat but not sure of the style, it has slanted hand pockets as well as waist pockets. Great looking Pendleton coat but only size 38, it may take awhile.
Omfug, we used to buy every single thing that had a Pendleton logo, but we ended up with dozens of blazers that we could barely give away. We still do really well with Pendleton stuff, but we definitely stay away from the blazers and most of the skirts.
Welcome back. Kind of crazy thing happened to my wife and me. We got a very angry e mail this morning from another seller who claims we have plagerized her listings. We have not plagerized. So I don't know if by accident we listed very similar or what. I know I sometimes look at similar listingsand pull out key words but we take our own photos and have our own format. They sent sent us another email using another ebay id saying how ticked off they were and how karma willl catch up to us! We blocked both id's and called Ebay. They told us if they contact us again we can file a complaint against the member(might be hard to trace since it seems they are using different ebay accounts to contact us, neither accounts have anything for sale. ebay said if they have a complaint about our listing they should contact ebay, which they had not. Has this happened to anyone else? Or any comments? We have over 1500 items in our store, never had an issue with plagerism. Have a great day, Joseph
it's weird that they told you you were copying their listings, yet they have no listings of their own. that makes no sense.
The funniest part being that it's a feature of eBay that sellers are able to copy each other's listings easily with the sell similar option! When I watch the news I occasionally think "some of these people have eBay accounts". It explains a lot. Console yourself in the fact that sellers with enough time to be making extra accounts to send their "mean mail" from probably aren't doing much selling!
A week or so ago I received a threatening email which supposedly was from another Ebayer. I had forgotten about it until seeing your post, and I can't remember exactly what it said except they were going to get the FBI involved. It showed up in my Yahoo mail and looked exactly like an Ebay message, but when I checked my messages in Ebay, it was not there, so I decided it was a scam and ignored it. It's not the same as the one you got, but the tone, like yours, was strident and angry. Did yours show up in your Ebay messages?
Jusr my perspective. Years ago I had someone steal my ad copy on an eBay item similar to something I had sold. I called them on it and asked if they wanted to hire me as their copywriter I charge by the hour, otherwise write your own copy for your own item. They changed it. While it can be taken as a compliment, I'm not on there for someone else's convenience and It's hard, time-consuming work writing compelling copy. Which is, no doubt, why they stole it in the first place.
This topic comes up every couple months. Unfortunately, it's the internet. People copy each others websites, blog posts, and eBay listings. As Ive said before, you'll find our blog posts and podcasts on other people's sites without attribution. We can either waste a lot of time and mental energy being angry and sending threatening emails, or just keep putting our energy in doing good work. In the end, people who copy will never thrive. They have too many problems in their lives to be consistent.
I have a feeling they might have been contacting us through soneone else's account (maybe they thought we would copy their stuff)
Crazy people are crazy. I wouldn't give it another thought.
Totally agree Jay crazy people are insane. If that makes sense. Hey quick question for you Jay, how do you store paintings?I have a few paintings in my garage, I'm wondering if 110° heat in the summer Will be a problem.thanks. By the way, Shamley is a dude��
To answer your question Marti, these emails were through Ebay.
Thanks, Shamley the dude. We store hard goods in sheds without temperature control. They freeze in winter and get hot in summer. So far no issues. Many items we buy have been stored in basements or barns anyway so have been field tested in tough conditions. If you feel a painting is delicate, store it in a safe place.
Yes you're right, stuff is stored all over the place. Makes sense. Thanks man.
I have a few Q's for the professionals out there.. Or just those who know the answers.1. Can you sell flammable items like model rocket stuff on eBay? Then can you ship them with USPS?2. How do you deal with self employment when it comes to trying to apply for a credit card or even opening a wholesale account. They want to see proof of income. It took me years to fix my bad credit and now I wonder if I become a full time eBay seller, do I still have good credit with companies to apply for stuff?3. I want to start using calculated shipping like u guys do but I'm not good at guessing typical box sizes. Do you have an example list of standard box sizes u use and what type of items they're good for? Its prob the worst aspect of eBay for me. Much easier when its small and can go in envelope. Thanks.
Many of your questions can be solved with quick google search:1. Learn what you can or cant sell on eBay. call them if you are unsure: http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/items-ov.html2. I dont understand this question. Credit companies will just look at your past history and make a decision to offer you credit. We've been self-employed since 2006 and have no issues. 3. If eBay is now your fulltime business, educate yourself on the different shipping sizes through USPS: http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/priority-mail-box-guide.pdf
2. In Australia you can easily apply to credit reporting companies for a copy of your own credit history. Perhaps you are able to also?That said I recently watched an interview with Warren Buffet where he gave what he felt was his most important piece of financial advice - never buy anything on a credit card!
Emmy,Please be careful with your credit. You are right - lenders do want proof of income. I'm pretty sure that Jay and Ryanne don't have credit problems because they can show a history of steady self employment income. When they were first starting out they had their 401k money and probably weren't trying to borrow money before they had the income history.If you want more detailed answers about self employment and credit try asking on a money forum. The Proboards forum YMAM (Your Money and More) has lots of well informed people on it - but I warn you they will probably try to warn you against trying to make a living as an ebay seller. It is IMO a board bias. There are other money forums as well that you could ask for advice YMAM is just the one I am most familiar with. Personally, if I were going to go full time I would set up lines of credit before I gave up the day job - just so they would be there as a backup.
Well I'm not trying to buy anything on credit. I was just curious as to if in the future I ever needed to, how that would work. I have a few credit cards all with 0 balances because anytime i charge something on them, i pay it off within a month or two. I mainly use them for emergencies. I just know sometime soon my car will die and I will need to go get another one and my husbands credit is crap. Mine used to be before i fixed it. I had great credit before I left my last job. I still may end up getting another job (crosses fingers not to) but just in case this did work out I was just curious. I appreciate everyone's advice though.
We have a credit card which is handy when things need to be bought. But you can buy items so cheap, seems weird to think you need a CC to start an eBay business. We mainly just use the Paypal debit card that is attached to our eBay store. I think the talk of credit cards comes up in the Retail Arbitrage world where those sellers often need to spend thousands of dollars on inventory to start their Amazon FBA store. If we spend $100 scavenging in one outing, this is a HUGE day.
I wasn't thinking of credit for the ebay business - I don't think Emmy was either - but I could be wrong. I was thinking more along the lines of what if you're just starting your Ebay business and (using Emmy's example) your car dies and you have to buy a new one. Would you have the credit for that? Or what if you have some non-insurance covered house emergency? Those were the kinds of things I was thinking that I would want to be covered for (as much as possible) before I cut the cord on the W2 job. But, I think maybe Emmy has already quit, I'm not sure.
Yes, you are right Crystal. I did quit my job but it was long before I ever found this site and started thinking of selling full time as a possibility. I just quit because I was absolutely miserable and knew I had enough money saved up to give me a few months to find something else. I found this site not too long ago and now I wish I would have found it when I first quit. I'm still trying to make it work but time is against me. Either way It's extra money in my pocket.
I have been self employed for years as a freelance musician/teacher. In my experience, as long as you have 2 years of tax records that prove consistent income, it's not a problem to apply for an auto loan or any othe kind of credit. You just have to keep your own records since you don't have an employer keeping them for you.
Emmy, I can probably help a little:2. If you get a 1099 from PayPal, there's your proof of income (or any of the reports you can pull)... or if you're business is big enough and you have an LLC or Tax Number, you'd likely have to have some sort of payroll that would prove you're an employee/have a salary.3. I generally measure an item and then add a few inches buffer to account for packing materials & boxes. I use the standard free priority boxes from USPS and they're all labeled with sizes on the back corner or here: https://store.usps.com/store/browse/subcategory.jsp?categoryId=priority-mail&categoryNavIds=shipping-supplies%3Apriority-mailGood luck!
Just wanted to share some info about the electric meter you sold and who it may have gone to. Steampunk artists use these to make lamps. Here's a link to completes on eBay http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&ghostText=&_sacat=0&_sop=16&_nkw=electric+meter+lamps&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&rt=nc
I hope it was bought to make some art like this. I knew someone would have a use for it.
OK fellow scavengerlife cultists, here is why Jay and Ryanne's system is the real deal--in preparing for my taxes I find that I grossed $11,000 more in 2014 than I did in 2013! WOW, I knew that once I got into the SL philosophy that I was making more money but I had no idea how much more until now....
I'm not a cult person, but if you don't mind my saying so, $11K period would have me doing the jig! Well done!
Of course that is only gross, not net, Iris, and I have basically reinvested what I have been making into building up my inventory--I just opened my store last June, up until then I only ran auctions and was always short of cash.
This is such cool news, Omfug X. Be interested to hear other people's rough numbers as we all do our taxes. Has your profit improved in 2014 vs 2013?
I have been hitting it very hard since the day I started--Made about $9,000 the first six months--am on track to do about $36,000 this year if I keep going at the same rate.Has enabled me to take a 6 month leave of absence from work and cross the country to take care of mom.....The family's not laughing anymore...... :)
So cool. It does help when you have strong motivation to scavenge and list. We found that we always made the money we've needed.
I should add that we didn't touch any money--except for supplies and sourcing--until we reached the $2500 mark--We were a little scared to dip into the paypal until we had a really good cushion.
We first looked at our bills and made sure we were living as frugally as we could without being sad monks/nuns. Then the money we made through eBay went far. If we started to selling on eBay with huge monthly costs and debt, it'd going to be tough no matter what. If you put in 40 hours a week into scavenging and selling on eBay, you'll start making $2k-$3k pretty quickly. I've seen it happen for many other sellers. We aren't special. The more you list, the more you make money. But the key is to actually making it your full-time job and do it consistently for 3-6 months to see results. I've also seen too many people give up after a short period and not be consistent. No mystery why they aren't making a living. This is usually when they start regurgitating the conspiracies about how eBay is ruining them and causing them to fail. Excuses are much easier than working.
Our first year, from June 1 to Dec. 31, we paid taxes on $16,312.88 in net profit, and that's taking out all our deductions/expenses (home office, mileage, etc). Our second year (last year) we hit $62,902.14 in net profit!Anybody can go out there and do the same thing.
Our first year was 2014 which only included May-December. We ended up with approximately $4k in sales. We are already close to that for this year and we only do this about 10 hours a week. If this continues, we project our sales to be around $16-20k by the end of 2015. This is all thanks to Jay and Ryanne and this community with all the knowledge and inspiration that's shared.
Thanks Jay for saying that you need to be full time with 3-6 months of consistency before you really see results. I'm at about the 2 month mark of making this a full time gig and I'm not seeing the results that I was hoping for. Although my situation may be different because I'm not listing the broad range of items that you and Ryanne list and I'm also a one (wo)man band. - It's encouraging to read about 2014 increases and 2015 projections!!!
If you work alone, I'm sure the equation is going to be different. At the same time, I see solo eBayers who often make as much or more than we do. It all depends on what you're scavenging and how quickly you get stuff up. We started at the low end of the waste cycle, focusing on items that cost us $1 and sold for $20. Some sellers are natural scavengers and start by selling items that sell for $50+. Higher dollar items means less listing needed. In our experience, it took us about 6 months to hit 500 items. We then started making $2k a month, which was what we needed to cover our bills. If we had worked harder, we could have hit 500 items quicker. Once we realized the more we listed, the more we made...we quickly put 2000 into our inventory. At this point, our income was more than we could have imagined. Enough to buy and remodel a house. 2000+ items also afforded us a level of consistent income that we didn't expect from eBay.
Better quality items is definitely an area where I'm really working to improve upon. Currently I'm sitting at 486 listings and I mostly put up clothing. I like doing clothes because its comfortable for me, it's the one area that I have my process down pat and I can easily gather inventory at amazing prices.Since leaving my job in mid-December to dedicate my full time work hours to my store it's been a roller coaster of enthusiasm one day and fretting over everything the next. I can't hardly count the first three weeks away from the office because I went into such "shock" that I was physically sick for 10 days and stayed in bed staring at the walls. It must have been some 9 to 5 corporate detox.But seriously, my sales are not at the point of covering my bills yet and I'm getting more and more nervous by the day. Which I'm sure you can image is no great help.I've studied other sellers who focus on clothes and they seem to be able to make consistent sales hovering in the range of 400-800 listings so at the minimum I guess I need to shoot for that 800 but at this point I don't even remotely see a pattern developing for me. I think I've tried everything - having all fixed price listings, percentage off sales, some auctions to drive traffic to my store and even listing loss leaders...nothing really stands out. My sweetie says I need to stop thinking and list.Thanks again for the information and encouragement.
We sold clothes almost exclusively the first couple years. It's definitely a volume game since everyone is selling clothes because it's the easiest to scavenge. We also sold shoes which did better for us than clothes. I still cant believe so many people give away almost new shoes that are worth over $50. We have never seen any kind of pattern to sales. It's all about what a particular person is searching for. The buyer doesn't care what we have in our store. They have an item in mind, punch in some keywords, and see our item. All we can do is have the best photo, competitive price, and clear/clean description. This has worked well for us. Deep discounts, sales, lowering prices are a losing strategy in my opinion. Do the research, price appropriately, and then keep listing. We're all just waiting for the buyer to enter the right keyword.
Hi jessica - the hardest thing for me was to wait for things to sell - I was in this gig about 4 months before I realized ebay is not only a numbers game, it is also a waiting game. Just have faith that things will eventually take off if you keep honing your skills.Recently I made a list of things that ALWAYS sell. Though I don't have it in front of me right now, the list includes 4x womens clothes-anything cashmere-ww II uniforms- Starbucks city mugs-interesting vintage coats-ralph lauren bedding-shiny brite ornaments-hawaiian stuff (not shirts, really, but other kitschy stuff)-barkcloth curtains-paint by number pictures-quilted madras men's jackets-chenille bedspreads--guillotine paper cutters-interesting fabric--high end english china. I have had all of these sell quickly, but sometimes quickly means a month or two.I have a girlfriend that sells china figurines and plush, and she does quite well.I started with these, but have branched out to other things. There is money in every corner of the thrift store or garage sale--just waiting to be picked up--it's like nuggets of gold that you are mining for--I find myself humbled and grateful when I find something really good and it sells for a lot of money.Good luck - KEEP LISTING!!!
Thank you again Jay and thank you Debra...I'm going to print both of your responses and post them in my work space :)
Hey Ryanne, I was curious about how you age your items. I think you mentioned that the playboy bunny charm and the cheerleader trophy were from the 70's. How can you identify a dates? By research. Sometimes I will find something and can determine it by the research I've done. Other times I can't. Like you mentioned the MCM fabric, is the design indicative of MCM items? Just curious about that. The charm to me actually looks like something from the 80s. Love these videos!
I generally determine age (if not dated) by tag style (there are websites dedicated to tag style timelines), where it's made (some companies switched from made in USA to made elsewhere on a certain date), the colors (certain avacado/mustard/orange colors are indicative of the 50s/60s vs. neons being indicitive of 80s/90s), the materials (signs made of porcelain/enamel are generally pre-1960s vs. aluminum which would be more modern). Long story short - the whole package tells the age story! Good luck!
I'll finf this really helpful also, thanks Brian. I wouldn't have thought to investigate the tag further than to look to see if it had a year on it! Just yesterday I listened to Jay and Ryanne's interview with Kate, where they were discussing doing "deep research". It made me realise I am definitely doing "shallow research" at the moment lol (and swimming in the shallow end). Thanks for the gem!
We age items the best we can by doing research. Some of it is also just from experience. And if age something incorrectly, other eBayers always message us. Trust me, the military nerds are the most aggressive in correcting/educating us and we love it.
If buying clothes this is a great site I found recently to let u know if their vintagehttp://sammydvintage.com/vintage-style/vintage-clothing-label-tags/
Hi - I went to your sight, and there were so many pop ups that I couldn't read anything. Does anyone know of a site that is cleaner?thx,
That's weird. It doesn't give me any pop ups.
I know my computer needs a clean up.
I am enjoying a few days in San Diego. Any suggestions on the best places to scavenge?. I see some flea markets on the internet, but not sure where to go with limited time.
You can check out Yelp online. Last time I was in SD, I hit a cluster of 5+ of them (within a mile or two of each other) in the Point Loma/Rosecrans area. I really wanted to go to Mattson Estate Liquidation on Morena, but didn't have time. It's not far from the cluster. Have fun - they are huge!
Sorry, I meant to say thrift stores. They are open longer hours than ours too.
Hi Linda! I live 30 miles north of downtown San Diego - if you let me know in what part of San Diego you are staying, I might be able to give you some suggestions. The only flea market that I know about is Kobey's Flea Market at Sports Arena Blvd near the Interstate 5 and 8 connect and I haven't been there lately. It does happen to be near the Thrifts that Christine (above) was talking about. Enjoy your visit! Unfortunately we might get a bit of rain, but not the snow you've had in MO!!! Debbie
Coronado Island. Love it. Hit a couple of garage sales this morning before doing beachy/foodie things with my husband. Plan to visit a charity shop I saw today and go to Kobey's Friday. Then I guess I will explore the other San Diego fleas I see online over the weekend. Hope some are indoors, as they are forecasting rain this weekend.
I know you guys probably hate questions like this but I have to ask. It would certainly help new people and it helps me just as a reminder in the back of my mind when I'm out scavenging. I know you don't do brands perse but are there types of material or wording that you always check out? Like wool, sterling silver, USA, etc.. I've been buying stuff I think looks cool but they don't always sell and I'm beginning to think my items aren't vintage or quality enough. I'm watch lots of videos to see what other people are buying but sometimes its nice to just read a list. Anyway, just curious. Anyone is free to chime in. I appreciate it. Right now I'm just hitting up goodwills and thrift stores. Granted there are a lot of them in my city.
I Found two very unique snapback hats from goodwill one is a beautiful embroidered Russian baseball cap snapback, the other is a beautiful embroidered snapback from Madrid It was hard to find anything that was like them on eBay.
How do you cheaply ship a snap back?
i ship mine 1st class in a polymailer. unless it's got a stiff form and needs to go in a box, then i ship 1lb priority.
A lot of people swear by poly mailers, but I don't like the idea of them. We bought a ton of tiny boxes that hats fit into perfectly, and we wrap them in tissue paper. They're still light enough to go first class, and everyone is always very happy with the packaging.
bryan can you link to the boxes you buy? i would love to get some. thanks.
When I first bought them, I picked them up at walmart. They were the smallest duck brand boxes they usually carry. After that I got them from a local shipping supplies and packaging company.I'm looking on walmart's website, and I can't find them. Maybe they no longer carry them? http://www.amazon.com/Corrugated-Boxes-25-Pack/dp/B003WZL7QQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1425060572&sr=8-4&keywords=6%22+6%22+6%22+cardboard+boxThis box is 6" x 4" x 4" and costs about 45 cents shipped, but I think you could find a better deal through a local shipping and packaging supplier.I know poly mailers and other things are next to free or actually free, but I like spending the extra quarter or so to make it look nice.
Ryannes, look on eBay for 8x8x8 boxes, most of my hats weigh in a 9oz wrapped in paper and boxed.
I just used an 8x6x6 box for a hat I recently sold and received good feedback. And it didn't weigh more than 8 or 9 ounces.
About boxes and packaging: Walmart and PAPERMART.....I'm not sure why some of my posts are disappearing...Steven asked the question last week "Nice find and sale on the Mesa Boogie. Where are you finding the amps and speakers, surely not the thrift store?"Answer: Yes. Goodwill on the Mesa cab. It was missing the name badge. Goodwill on the Dynaco. Speakers at garage sales. Garage sales are awesome around here.I answered the question 3 times in the original post and it keeps disappearing.
Mike, I'm seeing all your posts. I do find that Chrome will erase comments I leave, even though it looks like it was posted. Try Firefox. This comment appeared so something correct happened.
HAHHAHA Are you sure you want to see all my posts? Just kidding. OK Jay, thanks man.
I have been selling lots of trucker caps. Thrift stores here and estate sales almost always sell them for 99 cents or so and thanks to your insight Jay And Ryan I pick up a lot of hats with obscure rural companys and the like, they are good sales, We usually ship in polymailors,even the shaped ones. We did get a positive feedback on a cap sale today but they complained the cap arrived squished, so we might have to reconsider and box those,
I always ship mine in a 10x6x6 box from Uline. I would hate to see a shaped hat I bought arrive skished in a poly mailer. Adds less than a couple of ounces - Cost is 40 cents any quantity, 25min. I live near a ULINE warehouse so I dont pay shipping on my orders though.
Ryanne, Ever since seeing your sales on Eyeglasses I have been keeping my eyes open for these around the thrifts and estate sales. I just listed a pair of ArtCraft Lennon Style glasses and have an older Cortland (American Optical) to list. Found the following 2 resources helpful if anybody wants vintage eyeglass info. http://optometristattic.com (also sells replacement cables, shrink tubing for earpieces and pads to fix them) and for The American Optical Corp. I found a whole PDF catalog of Vintage frames at http://www.opticalheritagemuseum.org/Industry/Images/Frames/AO1931GoldFilledFrames.pdfPaid 1.80 apiece for the frames. Thanks for the videos I have used the info to find many new items I would have passed on before.
We may actually go to our first real auction or estate sale tomorrow but there's quite a few and I don't know which one to pick. How do you guys normally decide. Is there things you look for as an indication that it might be good? If anyone is bored and wanted to check them out on auction zip I'm in the 27106 zipcode. There's some in nearby cities tomorrow that I'm debating on. I've done Goodwill's and thrift stores up until now but I know I need to branch out if I'm going to make this work. I could use advice on every aspect. Thanks.
Emmy - I would recommend going to one where the auctioneer is on site at a house. And if it is in an area that is more rurual then the better, I have found some amazing deals that way. The ones at the auction houses tend to be predictable and tons of people show up. The fewer the people there, the better it is for you. I looked at auctionzip and I like the personal on site sales for Barbara Cook in Greensboro.
If you go to estate sales, try to go to as many as possible. On average, if you go to 10, 2 will be awesome, 3 will not be any good, and the other 5 will be just ok. You are looking for the 2 awesome ones, but you don't know which they are yet. You just have to go to a lot of them to find those 2. Sometimes it works out better, but that is about what I have found.
Thanks Mark. I woke up sick and missed the morning auctions but made it to a later one. I'm there now. Think I over paid for a Ralph Lauren comforter set. Still hot my eye on some goffy stuff I want for my own but will sell at the right price. Hope it goes cheap. Guy giving me a headache with his calling. Oh well learning experience.
I second Mark's answer - I go to 5-10 estate sales per week as there are no shortage of them in my area. Not everyone is going to be a gold mine, but when they are just open up that trunk and pack it because you might not find another one for weeks! I also love estate sales because the window for negotiation is much higher vs a thrift store or antique shop - remember, they HAVE to unload everything in the house in a 2-3 day window so if you show interest and make a reasonable offer, it's likely to be accepted.Once you go to a few estate sales, you get a rhythm... each estate sale will open up a door to a different type of treasure and you'll learn so much at them even if not buying because you can see the items for their use generally. Often times in a thrift store setting, I'll find something interesting but ask "why would anyone ever have this or where would someone put it in their house?" Well, if you're in someone's house, you know exactly what someone does with it. Good luck!
Most of the estate sales in my neighborhood (Fresno area) are professionally run and way overpriced (same with most thrift stores), so I'm finding that yard sales are the best thrifting grounds around here.
I know there are "professionally run estate sales", but thats lie saying that all auctions are "professionally run. yes, these are small companies that sell people's stuff for a living. doesn't mean there aren't good deals to be had.Often an estate sale starts on friday when everything is full price and no deals. It's cool because you get first dibs on anything. Sometimes its worth paying high prices if its quality items.By Sunday, everything is marked down. Deals are ready to be made. We love to bundle items we want. Stuff that was expensive is now dirt cheap. I've pulled stuff out of the trash as they close. Stuff that was expensive a day before. So be patient and go when it makes sense to you.
Just thought I'd share in case there was anybody who hadn't tried it yet, but Google has a search by image function. You are able to drop a photo you have taken into the Google search field and it will pull up like pictures and their links. It works best for items where there is little/no background such as books, records. These are easy enough to find with a word search though. I can see it being potentially useful though for art that may be difficult to identify. The possibilities get exciting if you imagine there being a standard implemented, which gave guidelines for taking the photo of a particular item type, which would then allow a living, searchable catalog to be created. Along the lines of an image searchable wiki of collectables. Geek of me? Would probably take the fun out of the hunt lol.
We use Google Image search sometimes if keywords don't do it. What you suggest sounds like an open source version of Worthpoint.com.
Cool I gave it a try with a painting of mine--alas nothing really similar, but it could be useful in the future.
I have yet to figure out how to use my own photo to check google images but I use it sometimes to get a better sized stock photo. I just right click and choose search google for this image.
Ammy, Go to Google Image Search. Note that the Search bar has a camera icon in it. Click the icon. Now click the tab that says "Upload an Image", then click "Choose File"...you can then select a photo from your computer to upload to Image Search. Easy Peasy. Hope this helps.
I hate when I "invent" things which already exist. It's the Mobile Taco Van all over again! Googling worth point. :) Omfug - Would love to know if you ever have a win with it :)
I went to the Kobey's Swap Meet in San Diego this morning. Maybe its the time of year, but what a dissapointment. Row after row of trashy junk. It was almost a total waste of time, but I did find one good vendor. Mexican woman and her adult son had gorgeous estate jewelry pieces. I indulged in several nice pieces, mostly to resell. But you can't do a lot of that. I would be depressed if I had to do my scavenging around here. Even the thrift shops are sad.
Things picked up today at the La Jolla GW. Sweet place! I normally won't go into a GE. Bonus: i also got to pet a wild baby seal on the beach! Will post photos on my blog next week. :-)
Hi everyone! I have a question that seems to be self-explanatory but I cannot find a straightforward answer on the web. I sold a tie last week, today I see the buyer started a return. They said that I put the tie as 64 inches but he measured it as 59.5 inches. He chose "Item didn't fit" so I won't get a defect...but my question is how do you correctly measure the length of a tie?? I just lay them on the floor and measure from end to end, is that correct? I've only sold a handful of ties and only have a handful of ties for sale so I'm no expert. Thanks in advance!
Weird, that's how I would measure a tie as well - end to end. When you get it back, just remeasure - perhaps you measured correctly but simply had a typo in the listing, it happens.
yeah we just lay it flat and measure the total length.
I would ask the buyer how he measured it. Not to argue, but simply to educate yourself on possibly something new. The other option is you made a mistake measuring or typing. I know it happens to me.
Thanks everyone!Jay, I'll try asking. Maybe I did have a typo..I know I listed all of the ties I have up on the same day.
Glad u brought up ties. I just bought a few for the first time. They are talbotts and coogi. My questions are, if a tie has the designers name but then it says "made for" another place or person, does that make the tie better or worse? Secondly, are you supposed to be able to flip the skinny end up the tie open and see that padding thing and string inside? I can't tell if I have bad stitched ties or not. Ties are .50 near me and they always have some designer brands.
I haven't sold a single tie and I have about 15 listed ranging from $6 to $20. What am I doing wrong?
Here's the bad news. Ties don't sell well no matter what you do. Because ties are so cheap to buy, there are some sellers that specialize in ties and list hundreds and hundreds for cheap. Plus, wearing ties is not common these days for many men even in business environments. The ones that sell are the extremely well-know, high end brand names (Hermes, etc). We have a huge box of ties we should list, but I just cant bring myself to do it.
Jay and Ryanne, I was on eBay and noticed ppl selling honey. Have you guys ever considered it? Or you could sell honey on this site right along side your mugs. It would be a dual purpose item, good to eat and a small scavenger life souvineer lol. Anyway, just a thought. I
i have not tried to sell the honey, as we have not had enough harvested to do so. mostly enough for ourselves and to mail to family. this year we added an extra super (bee box) so we might have more then we need. i am willing to try it, for sure. we have sold the propolis very successfully on ebay, so honey might work too.
Random sale gone bad... i bought a 1980s nintendo system console with all wires and 3 games including duck hunt and super mario brothers a few weeks back( scored at 5.00 for all) so i ut it up on ebay starting at 70.00 for the lot plus 20.00 shipping. I made sure to test it and it started right up played games well. Long story short the future buyer asked me if it worked....i said hell yessss! He said his old one had some bad part and wanted to buy my unit. So he bid and won. I shipped it. End of sale. He contacts me a few days later and says it does not work... games dies in the middle of play....i said tohim it worked when i shipped it....i didnt specify no returns so i had to take it back. When i got it back i checked that i got the same console and wondered if this person didnt just buy my unit to get the part he needed and returned my console with the deffective part he asked about. Or wondered if the shipper didnt drop the box....when i tested it ....gray screen with a screetch is all i got until i blew in the cartridge(common practice when i was a kid).......it worked and seemed to be fine there after if i didnt take out the cartridge.....needless to say....i researched on the net that there has been alot of chatter about the old 80s nintendo and whether or not it is a good idea to blow into the games.... id like to hope that this buyer did not tamper with it and i can resell it with no more issues..... live and learn i guess....
With old electronics, we've had items go bad during shipping. All it takes is a bad shake or drop and some wire comes loose. It's best not to get paranoid about some evil buyer. And even if you say "no returns", a buyer can always send back a defective item.
It might be a good idea to put a secret mark on items like that so you know if it was yours that was returned in the future. A mark that is not removable and that you photo for your own records.
Linda....luckily i took a picture of the underside so its got the same scratches and nicks....though cant verify the inards.... unless ida plugged the screw holes.....but that wasnt even in my mindset....
Hi guys - longtime listener / reader and first time commenter! First things first, this blog and podcast have helped me so much in the last few months as I started my own little eBay business. I'm four months in, and about to receive TRS, so it's going well and I've learned a TON! I also love how this site is so positive and supportive, unlike the black hole of negativity that other sites are.So, I'm writing with a question about an INR message I got today. In general, I consider myself to be an incredibly customer-oriented seller, accept returns, message buyers immediately if they say they have an issue, etc. I believe in good karma as a seller and figure that a return or refund once in a while is a lot better than a potential negative feedback. So far so good.So here's my question - I sent a deck of collectible playing cards to Mexico via First Class International (I know, red flag!) and four weeks later the buyer still hasn't received it. I asked the seller to wait another week or two, since I've read that Mexico customs can take a while. I don't assume that the seller is trying to pull one over on me, or anything like that. Has anyone had this experience? Do you just refund the buyer after a certain amount of time? Should I stop shipping to Mexico?
ah mexico. only had a few sales there. sent everything Priority Mail with full tracking and it still took over 2 months for items to get to the buyer. the last item was a $100 leather briefcase. i mailed it on Dec 9th, it got there Jan 31st. so you should just tell them it will take 2 months because Mexican customs hold things forever.
Welcome. You're asking all the right questions. Unfortunately you also seem to sense the answer.As Ryanne said, we just had an item take two months to get to the buyer who was patient and understanding so we were lucky.The Global Shipping Program doesn't cover Mexico so this is a good hint that their postal system is not to be trusted. We still ship there but sales are very few. Maybe five sales in the five years we've been selling? You simply take the chance and hope it works. If not, you'll need to do a full refund including shipping. We would never ship anything worth more than $50 there since that's about all we'd want to lose. My advice is to kindly ask the buyer to keep waiting. Ask them to go to their post office with the tracking number. The more time that passes, the better chance you have.
That is why I don't sell to South America, among other such counties. Mot worth the hassle. You can have them all.
I love the Global Shipping Program. Yes, I might lose a few good sales, but I know I won't have shipping issues!
Hello Good People:I'd like to introduce myself. I'm an old time eBay seller that left eBay about 5 years ago to follow my passion of saving the lives of orphaned kittens by being a full time foster Mom. I had to stop a few months back due to health reasons and finances. I am now the permanent caretaker to 17 "left over" cats that could not get adopted for various issues. I think I've done my lifetime contribution in that area. (I've personally fostered over 600 cats and kittens)Now I have a lovely large cat free room which is where I work on and store my eBay items.My specialties used to be pottery, glass and vintage Christmas, but I am wanting to learn about clothes and shoes. I would rather not ship breakables and I find this category interesting.I also have the unique situation of having a major thrift store two blocks from my house. Lots of good clothes and very well organized. I'm using them to study and learn. I should be much better prepared for the garage sale season. Anyone else go shopping via camera? At first, I was writing notes. Took too long. Yesterday, I took my camera and happily shot lots of pics so I could come home and research viability for actual purchases while also learning about brands and practicing looking at clothes for condition and finding those hidden, but so important tags. Of course, even I, as a newbie to clothes, finds things that are pretty obvious buys. Got a Laura Ashley corduroy dress for one dollar! And a lovely TCU horned frog purple suede dress for $4. (as an alum I can call anything purple, TCU horned frog apparel..LOL). Also picked up a pair of Sears space shuttle Columbia curtains $5 and a pair of large, double layer Waverly valances for $4.Research has led me to going back tomorrow for the official Oklahoma State University shorts for $3.I'm practicing shooting pics of my clothes and so far not so happy with the results. Can't shoot outside in natural light because of the weather, so will need to research more on how to photograph clothes inside. I have a simple life and lots of free time so I'm probably going at the listing part slower than many people, but I want to enjoy every step.Thanks for being, kind, sharing people. I look forward to getting to know more eBayers by reading your posts.Happy Sales!Pepper
Good for you for loving kitties! I have two. And two Rescue Mice, which I captured in my basement Shipping Department. Got a Havaheart trap from Amazon. Couldnt bear to throw them back out in the cold with no food! So I found a big aquarium set up at the thrift store for $15. They now live on Paradise Island, at least until spring. Best of luck on your new ebay business. FYI I just fill up my cart at the thrift, then find an out of way spot to sit in the furniture dept and look up each item before chkg out.
Welcome Pepper. Sounds like you are a natural scavenger. We started scavenging stuff that was interesting to us. As we sold, new kinds of items would present themselves. You seem to have the right attitude: just get started and slowly build. No shortcuts.
Linda, be careful with those rescue mice. They could carry diseases. Ive personally had pet mice for years. They've all died now but they were bought at a pet store and they were basically like hamsters but more friendly. Mine loved pumpkin seeds. I can't bear to kill stray mice either. I'm a capture and release person. I hope you have 2 females. Males fight each other and you know what males and females do tog lol.
Love to hear the animal stories, but to make sure this is topic specific, um... I love opossums and they are natural scavengers!
Emmy, apparently I have 2 females. They are best friends: so sweet! And Dashers, I love possums too! They are adorable. Have you ever seen the possum lady on YouTube? Just search for How to give your possum a manicure. Ha!
My update: Had only 5 items listed and sold my second item yesterday. Will open an eBay basic store today and then be working on listings. Yesterday was another good hunting day with the "look, shoot, look up and buy" method at the big thrift store. I know not many people can do this, but I have the time and I don't want to waste my money on maybe's when I don't have to.
Hi Good People:Just thought I'd post an update. I am happily working on listings and finding it not as hard as I remember it being. I seem to really enjoy taking the pictures and editing is a lot nicer because I listen to these pod casts. Keeps me in the right mind frame and encourages me to keep working when I get tired.Has anyone else tried vintage prints from books? I've started listing some, but my price is probably too high. I also think I'll start listing in groups by topic (like angels) or by artist.Somewhat worried about how to ship these, but I'll figure it out.Started some old used Grumbacher paint brushes. Did them as auction because I really couldn't figure out what to price them. I have two bids already. I bought 51 brushes, some new in the packages, for $2 total. The prices on these can be crazy so I'm waiting to see what the auction does before I list any more.I'm digging through old inventory to list. I know this may sound crazy, but a long time ago I had the opportunity to buy cases of ceiling fan pulls. I have 38,000 pulls, that's over 600 cases. (I paid $100 for all) I'd always thought I'd sell them to a liquidator for cash when I was desperate for money. I was going for 10 cents each pull. I didn't want to mess with them on eBay. Now I am going to list some and see how they do. One person has a simple wooden pull like I have (mine are nicer) that he sells for $1 each. Can you imagine if I could get that for all my pulls?I'm selling in lots of 10, 20 and then by the case. The 10 and 20 will be out of the package because it will cost less to ship. The cases are double boxed with the NIP pulls. These came from Lowe's. I think I have 8 different styles, everything from simple low end to some nicer high end marble with brass and pewter with glass.I've completely stopped going out to buy. I have plenty to sell. Would love to hear how other people are doing with finds and sales.Shout out to Linda: love the animal comments, how's eBay treating you?
If the fan pulls are multiples of just handful of styles, then it would be smart to list. Group them by design...make a listing...and say quantity "x". Then that one listing will keep selling for you. I assume with 38k pulls, many are the same.
The fan pulls are doing well. About a sale a day. Finally stopped driving to the post office and am now letting my post person pick things up. I'm good with it since you get the confirmation delivery through email. I was pretty nervous about letting things on the porch with no regular mail person (mostly temps), but so far, so good.I still have other styles to list, but want to spend some time on some of the clothes I've bought, so I can get bigger sales.
I'd like more info on the poly bags. I looked on eBay and they seemed expensive. I was looking at larger sizes for larger pieces of clothing.What is a recommended size or sizes to buy? Any particular seller you recommend?Thanks.zumapuma
I love poly bags, and have about 3 favorite sizes. 10 x 13, 14 x 19 and 24 x 24. I also use 8 x 10 bubble polys. I will put game boxes or other items packaged in a decorative box inside a poly and tape down the excess to make a secure package. I have also used polys as "wrapping paper" if an item doesn't fit well inside the bag. When I ship clothing, I will use thin plastic bags that I buy at Walmart ($2.88 for a box of 100). They are 10 x 12 and are great for shirts, dresses, etc. then place the pre-bagged package inside a small poly (if 13 oz or less) or if larger in the padded flat rate priority envelope.
these are the bags i buy from Eco Swift on ebay--—6x9 polymailers—9x12 polymailers—14x17 polymailers—19x24 polymailers
Thanks for the info on the bags. Do you use bags for winter coats and the puffy jackets?I'm wondering how to ship a very large US Army coat with a big fur edged hood and it is super long, size 2X, but I'm a 2X women's and this coat swallows me up. I'm also not sure what to price it at. It is made by CyberTek and I can't find out anything about that company in relation to the military. It has a US army CyperTek label in it. The coat is also city camo (black, white, gray) and I'm not sure that is a good color?The quality and condition are exceptional. Has a quilted long sleeve liner that buttons in, even at the cuffs. You could disappear in the hood it is so deep, the collar flips up and secures with Velcro and there are drawstrings at the chest, bottom (thigh height) and on the hood. Coat closes with a heavy duty zipper and then another closure over that with heavy duty snaps.Any thoughts on pricing or if anyone knows anything about this company, I'd appreciate the info.I think we can post pictures here? I'd do it if I knew how and if anyone wanted to see the coat.
I can't find any seller or store using Eco Swift as a search in advanced eBay search.
wow! I appreciate all the responses. I'm a bit confused about the blog. How to I look at the latest posts? I go to the page from the link Jay sent me in an old email and then when I get to this page I'm never sure if I'm reading the latest posts or not.Thanks for all the help:Pepper
Just go to Scavengerlife.com . This always takes you to the latest post. or click on the header and it will also take you to the main page.
OK, just bought a pack of 30 poly mailers for 13.20. I get 10 of each of 3 sizes:24 x 2414.5 x 1912 x 16I figure that's good enough to start. Once I actually sell some clothes I can decide on higher quantities based on what it looks like I will need.