09/26/2018 at 10:37 pm #49221
- Location: Virginia
Post your What Sold video in the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Boots, Record Player, KC Chiefs hat, Pyrex, Canoe Paddle, Turntable]
09/27/2018 at 8:10 am #49233
Always amazing to see the stereo/audio sales, and always trying to imagine what goes into making those sales successful. Enviable to a point! It really has to become a thing, yet what a cool thing! Do you have your favorite vinyl spinning while tinkering, researching, packing and shipping? Thank you again for your time. Always loving those plastic promo muscle cars! Waiting to see if a 1968 Ford Gran Torino makes an appearance, my beater, referred to affectionately as the Blue Bomber. That would be back in my more stylish days.
09/27/2018 at 11:27 am #49246
I remember hearing about Woolrich brand clothing when Ryanne used to do the What Sold videos. I looked them up and found out that they are in Pennsylvania (Woolrich, PA to be exact) and that they have tours of their factory a few times a year. I arranged a short vacation with my kids to check them out. They still use the factory to manufacture wool blankets and fabric, but most of their clothing is subcontracted out. It was a very interesting tour, but we went in August, and the factory was very hot.
Last week, I mostly sold low dollar items, and I didn’t feel anything was worth sharing. Strangely, I haven’t sold anything since Sunday, so I’m not sure I’ll have anything to share next week. Not sure what is going on.
09/27/2018 at 1:10 pm #49250
- Location: Virginia Beach
Sales last week, other than my high dollar commission sale of a one piece motorcycle suit, were lower dollar, and things I wouldn’t buy again, or source if they hadn’t come to me free. So, stay away from what’s below, unless you just can’t help yourself.
Sold off a few items that belonged to my mom, including this antique wooden silverware caddy from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Have had it listed for at least a year, and have lowered the price. Finally sold for $45: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Walnut-Silverware-Caddy-Tray-Shenandoah-Valley-VA/322536273499
Ok, these I WOULD buy again, as I love paint by numbers, and there are many collectors. Very handsome set of 2 boxer dogs, in great condition. Also took many months (a year?); sold the set for $60: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-2-Vintage-Mid-Century-Boxer-Dog-Paint-by-Number-Paintings-9-x-12/323015060947
Got this Leica Meter at an estate sale in my early days, when I was picking up most anything made in Germany. Took eons, but finally sold for $45 to someone in Italy: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Leica-Weston-Leica-Meter-Light-Meter-Chrome-With-Case-Germany-52888/322454275207
I’m not feeling terribly lucky in the shoe sales, but this pair has only been listed for a few weeks – nicely styled suede Hush Puppies in excellent condition. Took an offer of $35 to get some shoe juju going: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hush-Puppies-Comfortable-1958-Suede-Oxfords-Lifetime-Grey-Gray-EU39-US8/323405984224
This handsome lime green melmac piece was a yard sale find for 50 cents. I’ve had it listed for well over a year. Butter dishes can sometimes go for really good money, esp china ones as they are often broken over the years through their use and handling. I see this one regularly on the open shelves I have some things stored on and had started to wonder if it would ever sell… Finally sold for $20: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-MelMac-Color-Flyte-Lime-Green-Butter-Dish-by-Branchell-USA/323057272251
I haven’t been sourcing much lately, a combination of discouraging sourcing experiences and low-ish sales that have me questioning my eye for buying. It may just be my impatience getting in the way. But, always a good exercise to work through listing the few piles of items that need getting done.
Have a great weekend, All.
09/28/2018 at 8:32 am #49291
- Location: Washington DC
SFF I’m sympathetic with your sourcing blues in VB having lived in Norfolk for many years. I found the same difficulties in finding good stuff for the demographic reasons you’ve previously mentioned but also I think the geography was a factor. There’s so much water and you’re right on the coast, plus on what land there is there are large areas like the Dismal Swamp and other parks where nobody lives. There’s just not as many people within a short distance, not as much stuff. What local auctions there were, were not worth the time (except for a great Suffolk weekly that I think is gone now) and estate sale prices were ridiculous. I ended up sourcing online quite a bit and taking long day trips for live auctions and good flea markets way down into NC, northwest into Gloucester and above on the Necks, or up on the Eastern Shore. Don’t let slow sales make you question yourself, sometimes it just happens. My sales are half what they were last year at this time (though I am a low volume, part-timer).
09/27/2018 at 3:36 pm #49261
I had a good week last week and am hoping that things will be picking up again as we head towards the holidays (fingers crossed). Thanks Steve for putting the video together (and to all you who post links). I look at it all and learn new stuff all the time.
I picked up this Browning Waxed Canvas Jacket at a garage sale two weeks ago with a couple back packs for $20. One of the backpacks went a week ago for $40 and this jacket went this past week for a best offer of $80. https://www.ebay.com/itm/192657008192
One of my favorite sales of the year so far was this 1970s era butane stove made by Gerry. I could not find any comprable sales but found some old stoves from Europe that were going for big money. I listed this one and sold it overnight for my asking price of $75 https://www.ebay.com/itm/192664390574
I had a pair of glasses frames break recently and searched everywhere to see if I could replace them without having to buy all new glasses. I have so far struck out, but the experience made me realize how valuable it is to have someone offer a frame in good working order. That led me to go ahead and list these and they sold for a best offer of $30: https://www.ebay.com/itm/192656975967
I was striking out at a thrift store recently when I came across five car and plane models still in their factory sealed boxes. I picked them up for $3 each and this was one of the last ones: https://www.ebay.com/itm/192635542566
In a separate thread, early last week I was asking about pencils and how to price them. I got some good advice from Jay and went ahead and took a shot. I learned that these red/blue grading pencils may be valued more highly then just regular graphite or colored pencils. I sold this and two other packs to a collector in Europe for $42. https://www.ebay.com/itm/192662329400
I have been going through my store and through my unlisted pile and discarding (donating) the stuff that I am no longer happy with. My end game is to have a store with ~500 items without any dogs (I am looking at you, broken Spode, and bicentennial toothpicks). I have been throwing small old objects into a pile to sell as a “junk drawer”. Will let you know what becomes of it (if remarkable).
Best wishes, Daniel
09/27/2018 at 4:10 pm #49264
Serious Shoes under 1 inch long:
My Barbie Buyers pay more for 3/4″ shoes than I do for my size 10.5! I gladly grab my son’s hand me downs, so my price is free and has been for several years! I am a disgusting scavenger and proud of it, yet always in cool Nike kicks!
The following hardware is not spectacular, coming off a smallish pine wood dresser I purchased in 1985. The dresser served as my Wife’s and Mine’s first, costing $100 retail. It did a fair bit of traveling and eventually became the primary dresser for one, two, three children, and then a guest dresser, and finally to the garage as a storage dresser. She was beat! Before retiring her to street pickup, I removed the hardware to sell on Etsy. The went to a happy buyer for $25 plus shipping:
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09/27/2018 at 4:51 pm #49269
09/27/2018 at 5:38 pm #49271
I’ve finished up listing my third big vintage doll buyout for the year and still looking. Once you know vintage 1960’s Barbie and other fashion dolls, recognize those black and white Barbie labels, and get a feel for a lot, live sellers seem happy to sell it all off. They have pulled ‘the good’ dolls, made their money, cherry picked some labelled clothing and doll cases, and leave the real money behind, bits and pieces – shoes, pocket books, hair pieces, stockings, gloves, the more elusive clothing and accessories. Oh, and I am way far away from being any kind of doll expert!
Its easy to get burned though with Barbie, buying up newer 80’s and 90’s vintage dolls in the boxes, they are beautiful yes, but zillions listed on line, and not even worthwhile listing! I’ve avoided that with research, yet get a few of those thrown in from time to time. They flip over to my flea seller friend.
09/27/2018 at 9:31 pm #49283
So, how do you date the accessories when you see them for sale? After you buy them, how do you figure out which doll they belong to?
I played with Barbie dolls as a young girl. I was born in 1965, so I would have played with the dolls from the 60s and 70s. I remember that different clothing and accessories were not easily available. They didn’t really sell them separately; or, at least, not much. I can see how they could be worth something, but I’m surprised at how much!
09/30/2018 at 10:18 am #49360
My apologies, back to you so late, busy weekend helping oldest to move…
Little fashion books were included with the lot that pictured complete fashions, with shoes and all the little accessories. Helpful.
Also, I will gather up 10 dresses or so for example, and just search eBay, google, until I see the style, you start to piece together from there, which piece goes to which. There are also the collector sites that are helpful with pictures/descriptions. Then you learn little things like which pair of vintage shoes only has a single shoe marked Japan, which pairs have both, what material points to a clone, getting the glass out to see that faded Hong Kong mark, getting comfortable with the old black and white Barbie labels, getting to know Barbie’s friends, and all the rest of it. Its a commitment, but once you get an entire lot of hundreds of items paid for with a few pairs of tiny shoes, you get motivated. I enjoy old toys in general, so its easier for me to hang out with my doll friends and their stuff for a few hours.
09/30/2018 at 9:00 pm #49368
I’m currently helping a friend set up an online auction with a company that I normally use for sourcing. (I will get paid for doing the work). One of the items she has is a 1963 Barbie trunk with a doll and clothes inside. The doll is not a Barbie, and I’m not sure whether the clothes are for Barbie or that doll.
After reading all this information, I’m thinking I should do more research. If these are worth some money, I could remove them from the auction and sell them on eBay (on commission for my friend). I do know that the shoes have Japan on the bottom.
Can you give me a few links to the collector sites that have been particularly useful for you? Thanks!
10/01/2018 at 7:34 am #49376
One link lead to another, nothing was so useful that I thought to save the link for another time. Barbie is big, plenty of information out there. eBay and google images were the key to begin, at least for me.
Time also is a factor. Shoes, for instance. After determining the fashion a pair was part of, I would then list the single pair as such if confident it was worthwhile. Others, I would lot up. For instance, on etsy I have five pairs lot up for $50, different colors. Each pair has one shoe marked Japan and they are color shade matching and in nice condition. Each color and cut of shoe was found with several fashions, so not so rare. I could have however, did separate listings for each pair, with more description and maybe get $15 – even $20 a pair. I was not up to it.
Finding Barbie stuff time capsule style is a huge advantage. You get a feel that it is all from the same era, and then your research supports this enough to list with confidence. Sounds to be true with the collector trunk your friends collection is in.
If you go this route, it will be cool to see the sales!
Better if you get a feel for the price you could get, and just buy the lot outright. Even if you net double, you will have the education. My feeling is you are on the prowl now for old Barbie. You played with them! Me, GI Joes, and I’ve been down the Go Joe! rabbit holes as well, to $success$
10/03/2018 at 8:45 am #49514
I brought the doll home, and it’s a Penny Brite doll with lots of clothing. From Wikipedia, Penny’s company, Deluxe Reading, sold toys in grocery stores at a discount from Barbie, but of similar quality.
Looking at eBay, the prices are good, but not as good as Barbie. I found a similar doll that sold for $35 with some clothing:
I’ve got more clothing than this listing. There were other dolls with an outfit or two that sold for around $18.
So, I’m thinking to break it into two lots. One would be the doll with clothing and the pair of shoes it came with. The other would be just clothing, maybe the nicer outfits, and a few other accessories.
The doll came in a 1963 Barbie case. I have some cases I bought at an auction, and they really don’t bring in much money. I see prices for this one between $6 and $12, so it’s going back into my friend’s online auction.
09/30/2018 at 11:27 am #49361
Here is a good example from late Aug, a nice $35 sale for a Barbie dress on Etsy:
Here is a Sept 20 sale, a good example of piecing together a fashion, sold for $75 partial complete on ebay, could have gotten more piecing out, but, you know how that goes sometimes:
Here are those little helpful fashion books, sold them off for a quick $20 early Sept on Etsy:
And I will even sell little accessories that don’t lot well together with others for as low as $10. Here is a beat up toaster missing a slice, $10 sold on Etsy:
10/01/2018 at 9:13 am #49388
Thanks totommyto for all the cool Barbie stuff. I usually dodge this stuff because people typically have high asking prices, but it never occurred to me that I might be able to sell bits and pieces of Barbie kit with most research invested.
I looked through a lot that had a couple older Barbie items in it and noted that many of the clothing items had no black and white tag. Is the B&W Barbie tag always present on big pieces of Barbie clothes (dresses, jackets etc)? I suspect that this lot had a few Barbie items that were peppered in, but that mostly it was clothing from another doll or hand-made Barbie clothes from the period. Any hints on how to sort out what is Barbie and what is look-alike? Thanks in advance, this is a valuable thread. Best wishes, Daniel.
10/01/2018 at 10:47 am #49395
The b&w Barbie label is the big hook. Sometimes, through laundering the label is worn off. So you research the piece. Telling Barbie from clone and handmade, it is mostly experience, yet I’m sure the real doll people would have more to say on that. On smaller items, like a pair of shorts, there may just be a worn Japan tag, worth knowing the fashion, because it might fetch $25. Shoes, pocketbooks, and most little accessories have no marking generally. A TINY plastic hair stick pin found in a large lot of vintage Barbie may warrant a $25+ price. Find the same plastic hair stick pin in a trinket box with unrelated old and new and it becomes suspicious trash. So the lot as a whole and the story behind it help in identifying and pricing. I have a few wedding dresses and lacey stuff lot together that I am pretty sure some are vintage Barbie, only one tagged, so I am selling as a best offer lot. The buyer can decide what to offer.
10/01/2018 at 11:14 am #49399
Then you have Barbie friends. Here is a FRANCIE dress I have listed for $35:
Here is an obvious Barbie dress, yet a rare one. A HUGE barbie collector bought it for best offer $50, asked to cancel shortly after since she discovered she already had it. I did not flinch in cancelling.
Here is an example of piecing together a fashion around a labeled large item, the kimono. You can see the little hair pieces which could stand alone in separate listings. Honestly, this lot should have been pieced out with the hair pieces priced at $40 each, the fan $30, shoes $30, and all the rest of it! I’m surprised this has not sold yet!
So, happy to provide just enough info to make you dangerous, and ready to dive deeper once you buy up a lot. Me, I’m hoping to find a big lot of old plastic toy soldiers or GI Joe, yet I have a feeling more Barbie is a coming!
10/03/2018 at 9:09 am #49515
Just got back online after I took a huge plunge down the rabbit hole of 1940s and 1950s physique photographs (big find). totommyto, you have given me exactly enough info to be dangerous and I REALLY appreciate it. I really need to get listing my bread and butter stuff before diving further into any additional rabbit holes (like for me, Barbie). I am so pleased that there are lucrative new fields of research and growth for my near future. I love this scavenger life world that has constant opportunities to learn and develop. Best wishes, Daniel.
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