04/04/2019 at 9:06 am #59744
- Location: Virginia
Post your What Sold video in the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Built Ford F1 model, Klipsch speakers, Silvertone Record player, Vintage Pinup note pads, Ashtrays, Bible on tape, Wool blankets]1+
04/04/2019 at 9:47 am #59746
Ooo a diving Seacopter – sounds like a fun adventure book. 🙂 Also that suitcase record player has such a cool look! You always have such an interesting variety of sold items.
Working through some chronic health issues this week, but still getting things out the door!
Here are my What Sold videos for the week:
What Sold on Ebay and Etsy March 26-27 2019
What Sold on Ebay and Etsy March 29 20192+
04/04/2019 at 10:30 am #59751
- Location: Central NJ
Steve – I think your videos inspired me to purchase a JC Penney system with 8-track tape, cassette, and record players with two speakers for $1. I think it would be too expensive to test and not worth that much, but I get a kick out of seeing what you do. I might sell it for repair, unless it actually works.
Anyway, here are the highlights from last week:
I bought a wood carved mirror and vintage side table as an online auction lot over a year ago. I sold the mirror relatively quickly, but hesitated on the table because I didn’t have a box large enough. Towards the end of last year, I realized I should have listed it for local pickup, duh. Paid around $8, sold for $55 to someone who just bought a new house.
I regularly go to an auction where I will buy several boxes of stuff all for the minimum $5 bid not really knowing all of what I have until I bring it home. Each listing ends up with a COGS of about $0.50. I did see some Corelle dishware, which I think is cheap and ugly, but, if you have an older, discontinued set, you pay a similar price to other dishware. This set of two pieces sold for $12.
I didn’t see some very nice Delft at the bottom of one of the boxes. The nicest piece, a serving dish, sold for $27.
This very heavy ornate frame with a medieval style print sold for $35. I paid about $3 at auction.
I mentioned this refrigerator in my post on Monday. It was purchased by my grandma when my dad was a kid. My husband and I wanted to get it into working condition, but it never happened. The buyer will pick it up at the beginning of May.
This Tuskegee Airmen leather cap was part of an online auction lot of hats. I paid about $1, and sold for $34 in one day.
04/04/2019 at 3:09 pm #59774
- Location: Washington DC
Good stuff everyone! Another vintage Alfa Romeo OEM tool kit piece sold. This spark plug socket from out of the bottom of my toolbox went for $29 plus shipping after a couple months. I was speaking with someone recently who really wants an original complete tool kit for his 1960’s Ferrari and he said he’d likely have to pay “15” for the correct one for his model. I looked at him quizzically and he added “that’s with three zero’s”. He bought the car in the ‘70’s and paid about that for the whole car.
Aside from its Foreign Internal Defense mission in Vietnam, US Army Special Forces from the 1950’s into the 80’s had to be ready to drop behind the Iron Curtain into Eastern Europe and recruit irregular forces to conduct guerilla warfare against the USSR in the event we went to war with the evil empire. This 1975 dated 10th SF Group guerilla training program of instruction manual was locally drafted and photocopied in cargo-pocket size. It contained lesson plans to instruct the locals in the necessary basic skills to harass the Russkies from behind the lines. It sold within a couple hours of listing for $65 plus shipping to an address in Colorado Springs, CO, home of Ft Carson where 10th Group is currently stationed.
Zippo brand lighters have been hot collectables for years and I don’t think there has been any slackening of demand. Usually they sell to Europe but this one from the USS VELLA GULF, a US Navy guided missile cruiser, out of my personal junk drawer from the late 1990s sold domestically within a couple weeks for $70 plus shipping. FYI the Vietnam-era military engraved Zippos are heavily faked now.
Google image search was my friend in discovering that the design on this small Richard Ginori porcelain tray was the Italian Navy crest. A couple bucks at a yard sale, it sold in about a month for $35 plus shipping.
I’m not sure why someone would pay only about $10 less for a used one than the cost for a new one that can be ordered direct from the Boy Scout store, but this iconic red heavy wool official Boy Scout adult uniform item is in great demand. Found at an indy thrift for $10, it sold within a month for $69 plus shipping.
Political party/candidate donor giveaways like this are very common and are not particularly well-made, as medals and medallions go, but they do sell eventually. I only had pennies in this group of four items from the 80’s from a large box lot and it sold for $17 plus shipping.2+
04/04/2019 at 6:15 pm #59782
- Location: Richmond, Calif.
Zippo has been putting date codes on many of their lighters since the 1950’s which should help in ferreting out fakes. They have a web page with a short video and a date chart at the bottom at: https://www.zippo.com/pages/date-codes
Also, if you have a windproof lighter (they have a screen around the flame wick) they have a lifetime guarantee. They will re-solder the hinge if need be or replace the inner lighter part (they have always returned the old one) when I have used the service. You only have to pay the postage cost. Great service for when you find the occasionally non working one at a sale for a good price.2+
04/07/2019 at 12:34 pm #59846
- Location: Hopedale, OH
Cool sales again this week, Steven. I think I just picked up that exact Faribo peach blanket at an estate sale yesterday. I had a really good week of sales. Here are some highlights.
I’ll start off with my big sale of the week. I acquired this Michael & Francis Higgins glass art piece along with another one at an auction for the opening bid of $5. I thought they looked neat, but never could have imagined that they were authentic art pieces from a well known artist. And I’m glad I did the research. I listed mine for kinda high at $300 and got a lot of ~$100 offers. But I held out and finally got an offer for $245 after going back and forth with a guy. Goes to show that even stuff bought for opening bid prices can fetch a couple hundred bucks every now and then.
Easter is coming. And so are the Easter related sales. Just like Christmas, my holiday specific items always fly off the shelf leading up to their special day. This little plastic bunny rattle made by Irwin sold for $15. It was missing a component which allows you to spin it around I think. But the lady loved it anyway and gave me a nice feedback. I got it in a box lot of vintage toys that I paid $21 (each sellable item was a dollar).
Every now and then I’ll list an item and it sells almost immediately. I try to tell myself that I priced it right according to my research and the buyer just happen to have a search out for my keywords, but I still get worried that I’ve undersold something. This old metal advertising bank in the shape of a book sold within minutes of listing for $40. Other book banks have sold for less, but maybe the brand on mine (The Art Metal Works) was a sought after name. Oh well. I only paid a couple bucks for it.
This vintage lighthouse lens lamp came paired with another lamp at an auction. I paid $15 for both, but only really wanted the other lamp (it’s a cool gold sputnik style desk lamp). Well this one sold first for an amazingly $80. It wasn’t too terrible to ship. I just made sure to pack the shade in another inner box.
Here’s a neat little sale. I had this tuning meter sitting in a box for years. I finally listed it and, while it took a long time to sell, it found the perfect buyer. Later, he sent me a message with a picture showing what he did with it. He used it to restore a B-29 Superfortress compass control module. It’s pretty cool to get those kinds of feedback from buyers.
04/08/2019 at 11:40 am #59878
- Location: ARVADA
I had a few interesting sales.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/192878869679 I found a couple of these military camelbaks at my local thrift store for $5 and sold them within a week for $24.50 each.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/192559528263 This is one of several hats I sold in the last wek. I think Spring means people are getting ready for outdoor activities.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/192487277385 I have had this Jimmy Buffett Tervis tumbler for at least a year. I love when something I have had so long pops up as sold.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/192569038537 I think I learned from someone here to keep an eye out for the Vera label on vintage linens. I think I got this one listed a few months ago and sold it last week for $49.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/192838853535 At a garage sale, I found two racks of blades for an old Cuisinart food processor. I was going to pass on them, but the garage sale was letting everything go for a song (I paid $2 for both racks). I have had steady sales of the blades at around $12/each and now the racks both sold in one week to two different buyers. It is so strange when that happens.
Besides these, I had $800 in sales of vintage photo negatives. Sadly, I will be out of the negatives in the next few weeks. I am keeping my eyes out for the next big thing.2+
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