You guys are simply the best at finding rare vintage items and selling them for a great price! Thanks for sharing!!! I always look forward to your new videos each week. I just posted my latest "What Sold" video a few minutes ago....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qruuVTClLCc
I've been enjoying your sales videos and others posting here. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing Becky. Love those pots..I would have been tempted to keep them. I keep quite a bit of vintage housewares that I find. LOL
Margaret, I am tempted to keep everything, Make an average between those Hoarders shows and the folks American Pickers pick on, I am right in between.After I found scavenderlife and this community, to get money for my hoard was like finding miracle drug for a cureless disease.Even my clothes collection I am putting for sale.Amazingly happy.
ha ha - I'm the same way, I want to keep everything too... But If I can sell something for $90 that I only pd $7 for, sorry, it's gone and forgotten! :-)
Ryanne I just sold a vintage backpack to a clothing designer. Wondering if it is the same one. Is it a deceased clothing designer with the first initial B?
how did a deceased fashion designer buy something from you?? it was a relative of Ralph Lauren that bought my bags that also has a clothing line. funny.
LOL. Mine was Bill Blass. He is deceased but the company is still alive.
Ryanne,He purchased some vintage wool fabric (beautiful material) from me last year. Initials G.L.?
yep, same guy. pretty cool!
thats fun -- I just sold an unusual vintage I Magnin box purse to a designer for Cythia Rowley. I guess we can look forward to seeing it reproduced in the future!
Found a bunch of great hats today at the outlet. Always surprises me that no one goes after them. I don't know what has happened to my hat sales though. They were a bread and butter item for me for a long time and now they rarely sell. Still buying them though because their awesome. Who woulda thunk id be into old trucker hats lol.
Love those gravity boots. I bought a pair off eBay about 15 years ago, once you get yourself hanging upside down like a bat it is so difficult to get unhooked, I later sold them on eBay and have since found and sold a few of them. Be careful when you find them that the rubber foam isn't too deteriorated.
I found a pair of gravity boots about a year ago. A man was looking at them in GW and laughing as he put them down. I swooped, yes swooped in and grabbed them. Mine sold to someone in Finland for $80. Funny thing is I might not have ever seen them stuffed under the bottom shelf if that shopper hadn't pulled them out and laughed at them. The old "one mans trash" saying applies here.
Steven, I just saw your question about the Polaroid cameras. No, not the Impossible Project. I was hoping so, but it was a lady in Canada. She paid full price, no Best Offer, through GSP. I'm glad to get rid of them no matter who the buyer.*Paul*
I found a True Religion shirt that I've tried and failed to get some minor paint stains off of, that I've disclosed in listing, and I've already got a $15 bid on them. Am always shocked at what sells
I bought a batch of Hawaiian shirts only to go thru them and realize most have tiny stains or messed up buttons. Can't believe I missed that but it happens when I bulk buy clothing. I'm hoping mine will sell even with these flaws. But people love to not read the listing where I state the flaws.
I found a marvelously beautiful True Religion pair of jeans today at the Goodwill Boutique (this is the 3rd version I find nearby).Everything there is pricey and a good amount of fake designer bags too.The pants were $45 in pristine condition. So I passed.Anyway, it is about clear for me how they stage stuff in the area, top brands go to Boutique pricey, the more family oriented day to day stay on the local and the variety goes to the Megastore, even though they leave designer for a while before staging last to the Boutique
I have been spending a lot of time with you lately via your YouTube playlists. You are teaching me a ton and I really enjoy how you do it! I have just started selling on eBay. I am from Canada and it is a pretty big challenge let me assure you!! Can you say shipping hell? Anyways, I am enjoying what you do and how you do it. Thank you.
Great Steven.I have blank media listed too. Sold 10 cassetes last week, and a box of MiniDiscs to Huangary the week before.I also have a pack of MiniDVs like yours, exactly the same make and model, they have no buyer so far though.
Not all blank new cassettes are worth great money. I found 30+ at an estate sale last week. They were listed for 10 cents each(though I think I got charged 25 cents each). Turns out they were mostly type 1 so might get $1-2 a piece when I lot them together. Still will make some money but not a home run. I learned that type II, type III, and type IV are what you are looking for.
Great video and great stuff! Always love the doggie cameos too.
Love those dogs!!
Thanks for sharing your sales Steven... I'm always learning about new things to sell.
Steven, I think just as important as what to buy is was not to buy. Thanks for the tips.
Was thinking of you today when I found a couple pieces of Quimper pottery. Thanks guys!
Do you ever Google your names or look them up on YouTube. Man you guys are everywhere. And most of what I see is from 2007 where you're talking about your web stuff. You guys look so young and totally adorable. It's like free homemade movies for you two to watch. Do you ever do that?
We'll leave googling ourselves when we're old and gray. Let's do cool stuff now!
That cream jar is so awesome! Wow! So glad stuff like that still exists today.
Love all the videos that people are posting. Amazing sales! Those pencil leads, wow! I don't often hear what was paid for the items and would appreciate more of that. Sometimes I think I'm overpaying for stuff so I'd love to hear what others are paying for their wonderful finds.
I 2nd that. Like seeing everyone's sales. But just a bit of advice, if you want others to be able to watch them make sure you make a good title that at least has the word eBay in it. Otherwise no one other than this group will ever see them. Of course that's cool too.
Sold another plush today. Not a huge sale. Just 20 bucks but super easy sale. This one was Jasper the dog from 80s Showbiz Pizza 'fame'. Jay you asked in the last thread about how easy is it to find plush worth selling. I'd say it's pretty easy to find plush that sells for 20+ dollars. Finding the ones that sell for over $50 doesn't happen to me that often but it happens. The thing is like others have mentioned they are usually super cheap so really no risk in investment. Our Goodwill has them in a bin for 50 cents a piece. I can quickly dig through the bin and see if anything stands out. I bypass all of the generic bunnies, beanie babies and teddies and look for vintage pop culture tv shows, advertising and obviously high quality toys such as Boyds Bears. They are also super easy to ship. Their drawback is the big ones take a lot of storage space. The plush I'm looking for are usually purchased for adults not kids. The duds I buy I either re-donate or wash up and give to the assisted living facility where my parents are or save for my nephew when he visits. Win Win. My big winners have been a large Rainbow Brite doll, a huge Molly doll from Big Comfy Couch, a huge Pokemon plush and the Webkinz plush I just sold. In the 20 - 30 dollar range I've sold lots of Boyds Bears, old style Care Bears, Blues Clues dog, Folkmanis hand puppets, vintage Mickey Mouse, vintage Donald Duck, Rugrats, Star Wars and many more. Any giant plush if in good condition are usually an easy sell. You know the ones that are the size of a small child. I sold a huge teddy and a huge tiger. Both for 40+ dollars. Most plush say not to wash in the washing machine but I've rarely had a problem. I just do them on gentle cycle. If they don't look dirty I don't wash them I just comb their hair a bit :)
Two questions:--can you put the plush in the dryer at low heat? Or just airdry?--Do buyers mind if you squish the plush into a bag to conserve space?
You wasnt asking me but I can add another opinion. Plush to me are like hats. It's always a risk to machine wash them but I do it often. Some plush will have a washed look and you will need to brush the fur to make it behave. But the main two things I'm always scared of happening is color bleeding from one to another. Always seems to be red and some tags will wash off the print and a lot of what makes a plush special is the tag with that copyright vintage date on it. If its not overall dirty just try to hand spot clean it. If it has a overall light dirty look you can use a wet rag with some detergent and wipe it. Or just hand wash it. I only use the washing machine for really dirty plush or plush I'm okay with possibly losing. Oh and if you have any pet hair in your washing machine or dryer, certain plush will be covered in it and you can never get it off. If I hand wash I hang dry in my bathroom or lay out in the sun. If I machine wash I dry on low or air depending on my fear level or impatience. And I squish stuffed animals all the time to ship but sort of squish it befire hand to see if it will bounce back easy. Youb don't want to cause a deformed plush to show up.
I don't buy many plush but if it needs to be washed I don't buy it. Buyers tend to be pickier with plush since most will never wash them and they will be smelling them. ALWAYS take a whiff of the plush before you buy. If it stinks do not buy.
Jay I put them in the dryer on low heat if they look sturdy. If they look delicate, like they are really old or have clothing that might fall apart then I just put them outside to dry or fluff them in the dryer first for a few minutes and then put them outside to finish drying. Usually I ship them in a box. I squish them a little but not overly.
Nancy, Those are some good tips and confirms a lot of what my thoughts were when it comes to what plushes to buy. They had kind of fallen off my radar recently but maybe I'll give them a 2nd try.
We also watch for the giant Coke plush. Sold one of those polar bears when we started last August for $100 - bought for $5. They paid $40 to ship it. A new name we just recently ran across is Blabla plush. They seem to sell fairly high ($30-60ish).
From Midwest JunkerJust a few thoughts on drying plush - be very careful with your dryer. As with pillows, they can block the air flow in a dryer and start a fire if you don't keep an eye. Also with air drying - if dry air and ventilation --all can be well, but damp air or slow drying can develop mildew or mold problems that unknowingly affect someone down the road.
good tip on the mildew/mold midwest junker. some plush are really dense and take a long time to dry
I have found good luck with vintage 80's and 90's plush based on TV and movies. I try to focus on "special feature" plush -either they do something or they have a voice box in them. I've sold a ton of talking Barney plush. The last few months the plush at the local thrift stores has mostly been junk. I might get back into it this spring.I try to avoid long tail plush, but I have sold every plush that I have listed.
I just read a good quote from Jeff Bezos. He says that if Amazon has a good quarter it’s because of work they did 3, 4, 5 years ago not because they did a good job that quarter. That basically sums up the mind set you have to have selling on ebay, amazon, etsy or where ever else you sell.*Disclaimer* none of you will probably ever use this platform but I thought I would share because it's an interesting conversation about an online selling platform.I just opened up a beckett store. I know I am the only card guy on here so it's probably boring to most of you but it's basically an outlet to sell cheap cards online. It's expensive. $275 per month along with 10% final value fees. The positives. You can put on as much inventory as you want. Some people have 50 million cards on there. In less than a week I have addedTotal # of unique items: 3,873Total # of items including qty: 8,371It's nothing like clothes or other items so you can add a lot of items in very short period of time because it's essentially data entry with stock photo's. My buying model is to buy cards between 1/2 cent to 20 cents depending on the value. Minimum sale price is 25 cents.So in theory if I buy 5000 cards for 1 cent each that is $50. If all sold on that site for a minimum of 25 cents each to keep that math simple that is $1,250. So a $50 purchase can easily turn into $800-$1000 after fees. Again you need to know what you are doing.In the past week keep in mind I am just getting started but I have sold 12 cards for a total of $24.65. Not huge money but when you factor in my cost for those cards was 12 cents you can see the profit margin. The other positive to the site is it gives me 1,000 free ebay listings per month (they have a partnership with ebay). This allows me to put on 1,000 cards with no insertion fees on ebay every month. That will add another 12,000 items to my ebay store per year with no insertion fees. It is 30 day fixed listings but during the times where ebay has specials of put 10,000 items up with no insertion promos I can just throw up 10,000 items with no fees.I naturally hired someone to do all the work and they are set to list 25,000 cards on this site for me in the next month. Like I said it's data entry and you can add a ton quickly. I am paying them $40 per 5,000 count card box to numerically order them and input the information. It takes around 4-5 hours to do a box and they can do it from their house at their leisure.Sorry for the long winded post but I figured some of the online selling nerds would find it interesting.This is my store on there.http://marketplace.beckett.com/newvintageny_1354As you can see it says I have two orders filled for 6 items but there are multiple quantities of some of those items.
I don't know if someone has already mentioned this but I found a website today that shows you the Etsy selling price of an item. It's called Flipper Tools. You just enter the URL of the sold item. Etsy Sold Price
Thanks for posting that Nancy. Useful tool!
Summary for the week:(1) Main Learning: patience (thank you Jay). I was constantly changing prices, shipping. When I decided for my standard configuration and policies, things started to move smoothly.(2) Main decision: I am a full fixed price now.(3) My fiscal week runs from Tuesday Through Monday, my revenue bank transfers run on Thursday (always noting Amazon transfers as per their routine directly to my Store Bank Account).(4) I installed PayPal with QuickBooks with the Free Intuit connector and my finances are pristine now. (5) This process helped me tremendously with my hoarding by cleaning clutter, making donations and finding good to great things to list. I still find an average of 7 sellable items per week.(6) I have on line auctions and local thrift on my regular schedule, mostly getting Armani, RL Purple label and similar while I learn more from Ry and Jay and all of you.Just to finish, I stressed out yesterday because I had not even one order until. Suddenly people started to order the oddest and oldest of my inventory, great proof for the advice Jay gave to me.Thank you Ry and Jay for creating this community and space for us people to interact, learn and make this business model successful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91fx0xUknwsThis is the 2nd video I've ever made. Bare with me while I work through learning how to take and edit better videos.
Great video Julie. I did notice that the volume went down in some of your shots and it was hard to hear you. The ones of screen shots were good. I still print out the invoices, have been thinking of not doing that anymore. I like your stickers. Have you priced the Walmart bags compared to what you can get online? And I've never even noticed those..I buy the snack bags there all the time. :)
The other day I decided try buying the bags from a seller off of ebay, if for no other reason than to avoid a trip to the dreaded walmart. Prices were about the same. But I'll pay a premium to avoid walmart. Thanks for the info about the volume. I'll work on that for my next video.
Very nice, thanks for posting!
Nice sales Julie. Thanks for the video. Enjoyed it.
Nice video, Julie. I wrap my clothes in tissue paper...I learned that from Mikey and Wendy. Buyers seem to feel like they are receiving a present. I bought tons after Christmas at 90% off.
Clothing items that are too large for the bread bags I wrap in tissue paper. I bought it in bulk from staples.com when I had staples rewards to use. It was a giant box that I've been using for over a year. I don't put everything in tissue paper because it would be too much of a hassle to label and find every piece I sell. With the bread bag I can see whats in the bag pretty easily.
I see you turned comments back on for YouTube. Ronnie Hart watched your video. He's a great clothing seller.
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Ryann, I saw this cute sweatshirt with your name, but having trouble with the link. Hope it works. http://i.imgur.com/XSW5YFk.jpg
Does anyone know if you can sell 5.25 floppy disks with games that have been copied on them. I found a huge box full for $1 and some appear to be rare. Some are "adult" titles and I think they would bring decent money but don't want to get a violation for selling copyrighted material. Thanks!
I wouldn't sell copied software - even old software. If you find that old format media, it's really common to find copied software on the disks. I come across it pretty regularly. (Same with the 3.5" disks). If you find blank disks, you can sell those. They sell quickly if you price them right.
That's what I figured. I might search around and see if there are any message boards that would be interested in them.
This is a shipping question for Ryanne. If a package weighs 2 pounds 12 ounces, can I round up to 3 pounds on the shipping label? Same thing with 4 ounce items, can I just put 8 ounce on them for ease of printing off shipping labels?
Yes, it doesn't matter.
as long as you're rounding up and not down, you're fine. if you start rounding down (even if the same postage cost), the package might be returned
Even if you don't round up the system will still charge you for the rounded up weight anyway.
as others have said, 2lbs 12 ounces is 3lbs to the post office. anything over .00 oz is rounded up. so 1.1lbs, that's 2lbs. 2.5lbs, that's 3lbs. etc etc. i just round up on the label, because they're going to do that to the price anyway.
Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone knew a good source for 10X13 poly mailers. I have ordered from ValueMailers brand in the past and one lot was good and the other lot the interior stuck together so I must stick my hand in each one. Searching Amazon is a headache because so many mixed reviews and sellers claiming to sell ValueMailers but actually selling something else.Thanks for your help.
I ordered some really crappy polymailers from one of those big companies on ebay. You could rip through it with one hand.I haven't ordered from these guys, but I heard tuff mailers had some good quality ones.
I buy all mine from this store on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/usr/lcmailers?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2754 I've never had any bad experiences with their polymailers.
i link to the ones i love here-http://www.scavengerlife.com/p/resources.html
I use lcmailers for my poly bags. They have worked great. The 6x9 size fits a t-shirt snugly and probably saves me a decent amount on postage in the long run.
I use Uline.com products. Not sure if they are the cheapest because I haven't had to compare in a while. Up at the top of this page, if you click the 'Resources' tab, there is another company 'eco swift' but I haven't tried them yet. Good luck
Yes, I wonder if Jay and Ryanne still vouch for Eco Swift.
yep, i love my ecoswift polymailers!http://www.scavengerlife.com/p/resources.html
Ditto on Ecoswift, found them thanks to J&R, have purchases repeatedly and always comes fast.
yeah i love ecoswift, they are really fast with shipping.
Hi, thanks for all the information. I wanted to report that i just sold a hat on ebay and when I went to print the label for USPS a Fedex pop up came up. Now I cannot print a USPS label for the item, and I am not sure what to do. I can get a label printed through pay pal, but what am I going to do if this recurs?Anyways, as for my store I have just been listing. I still do clothes but am also branching out to other pipelines preferably smaller items that are easy to store. Hats, remotes, adapters, video games, stuff like that mixed with the clothes and the occasional higher dollar thrift finds. One of these days I am going to try to learn how to find and sale vintage.
Update - no issues now on the label thing, I am able to use USPS labels.
Funny story, I found that hat right after I quite my job and still wear it, mines yellow though.
It took me a minute to figure it out but the patch on that BDU shirt is from the 260th Military Police Command, a Washington DC Army National Guard unit. Not that it matters now; it’s gone and you got an amazing price for it! Great sales last week, thanks for sharing them with us.