03/27/2019 at 7:35 pm #59335
- Location: Virginia
Post your What Sold video in the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Carhartt vest, Kaleidoscope paper, Twister game, JVC Speakers, Zenith record player]
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03/28/2019 at 10:00 pm #59364
- Location: Hopedale, OH
Nice sale on that Zenith! I’ve been debating about going on Facebook marketplace to try selling some of my bigger items. Maybe I’ll check it out. Here are some of my notable sales.
I found these three pine cone shaped cuckoo clock weights inside our house when we moved in from the previous owner. So up on eBay they went. They don’t go for too much, but I did manage to get $20 for them. Easy money.
This was a fun little sale. These fingernail clippers were from a box lot that I paid $2 for. I got lots of sellable goodies out of that one. Well I would have tossed these into the yardsale pile except they had some advertising on the leather case. So I listed it for $20, not thinking I would actually get that much for them. Well shockingly they sold for full price after about a month.
So I sold my first “haunted” doll. I don’t even remember from where this came. I was nearly close to donating it after a yardsale but thought it looked weird enough to list on eBay. It took plenty of time but it finally sold for $40. I wonder if it was the creepy keyword that sold it or if someone just liked the looks of it.
Here’s my big sale of the week. I acquired this string art picture of a peacock at an estate sale recently for $2. I didn’t have very good comparables to go by on eBay, so I listed it for what I thought was pretty high at $70. It sold within a few hours of listing. I probably should have listed it a little higher, but I’m glad for the sale.
03/28/2019 at 10:34 pm #59365
- Location: Central NJ
These drapes were part of an online auction where I purchased the contents of a closet. I figured they were worthless, but they ended up being the JCPenney brand and were in unused condition. Paid pennies, sold for $50.
Part of an auction box lot was a case with many Masonic items. Demolay is the youth version of the Masons, but it took me some research to match the symbols with the correct organization. Paid pennies, sold for $27.
I sold another pair of designer teddy bears. These are really small at 1.5″ & 2.5″. Paid less than $1, sold for $22.
I’ve seen vintage leather bound books sell for very good money. These four, though, are not in good condition. Little crumbs of leather come off in your hands and one or two of the bindings are coming apart. I did have the word distressed in the title, and I hope the buyer know what they are getting. I paid pennies, and they sold for the full asking price of $22. They haven’t been delivered yet, so I’m crossing my fingers.
03/29/2019 at 9:35 am #59366
- Location: Washington DC
Nice stereo sale. I can’t wait until I’m not in a “gated community” so I can local-sale some big items myself.
I’ve learned not to throw away old key fobs and rings that I run across. Mostly not big money but they are reliable sellers for me and no hassle to ship. This Alfa Romeo key fob dates to pre-1971 based on the word “MILANO” present on the round logo. Found in a cheap box lot so virtually nothing in it, sold quickly for $15 plus shipping. I would have listed for more but it was a little rough.
This tie bar is a representation of the MK48 submarine torpedo. Taxpayers should take comfort in the fact that the MK48 was put in service in the early 1970s and is still in use to this day by the US Navy, albeit with updated electronics, etc, of course. A couple dollars at a flea market, it sold for $19 plus shipping in about a week.
This t-shirt was mine, purchased new from a local motorcycle dealer I patronized in the mid-‘80s while at Ft Carson CO for a short while in the Army. Wore it for years, passed it to my kids when I “outgrew” it, then recently got it back in the family donation box. I was going to grab it for a car washing rag until I figured I’d better research the dealer’s name on the back. I was thinking he may have been a notable race driver – the hot rod and bike crowd is heavily into early racing nostalgia. Turns out I was smart to research it, but off base as to why. “Buttery soft and paper thin” from age and use, old distressed authentic auto or motorcycle themed t-shirts like this are apparently quite the fashion statement. Listed at $95, sold for a best offer of $84 plus shipping in about a month, going to Spain.
For a long while, there was not broad interest in the Iraq War souvenirs that soldiers brought back. Sixteen years later the items sell quicker and for better money. This is an Iraqi Army rifle bayonet “frog,” an issued item to carry the bayonet in a scabbard on the belt. I have $4 in it and it sold within a month for $25 plus shipping.
Many Iraqi items are unmarked but there is a distinctive property stamp sometimes present. The frog only had a partial stamp on the back, eligible unless you knew what you were looking for. If an item is stamped, it will look like some variation of this:
This bolo tie was out of my dad’s estate, purchased new in New Mexico in the ‘60’s. Turquoise jewelry pricing is all over the map and I’ve got no eye to differentiate why some pieces are worth more than others but this one was signed and felt well-made so I just stuck a high price on it, listing it over a year ago at $336 to gauge interest. There was a lot of interest (even had someone beg me to unblock him so he could buy it – I did not recognize him so it must have been my auto-block for too many unpaid items) but I did feel the price was too high and I got impatient. So I have been lowering the price, received a few offers that I tried to unsuccessfully pull up with counteroffers, then finally accepted an offer of $175 plus shipping.2+
03/29/2019 at 10:16 am #59367
- Location: South Dakota
For those contemplating selling on FB…I’ve sold over $600 this week on marketplace, haven’t reached $200 yet on eBay.
You need to be responsive and available.
Use your eBay experience of good photos and descriptions and your way ahead of everyone else trying to sell their stuff.
I had so many people responding to my big speaker ads, I ignored the “would you take… for it” messages and didn’t discount. All 1st come, no holds.
The nice part is no packing and no fees, cash is king.5+
03/29/2019 at 11:34 am #59372
Retro Treasures WVParticipant
My FB inbox is stuffed with conversations that say this:
Is this available?
It gets tiresome.
I do have a person who is coming to view a pinball machine I am selling from FB yardsale this weekend. I don’t really use the various yardsale groups anymore – just stick to marketplace. I also don’t like that marketplace does not have a “firehose” version of my local radius. I want to see an unfiltered stream of EVERYthing that is posted within 10 miles.1+
03/31/2019 at 6:20 pm #59445
- Location: Atlanta
Steven..Very interesting on the JVC set of speakers. I have not only a pair just like them I also have the whole JVC stereo rig and the cabinet for them. You and I talked about a year ago, but don’t know if you remember. You has given me some ball parks on the numbers for each componenet and you mentioned to sell each separately [I think]. Any way I just left everything in the storage area because of the size and I just didn’t want to deal with Craigslist. But now that u mention FaceBook Market place I think, since it is spring and we need the space in the storage area, it may be time to move the whole thing out.
I have the AMP, receiver, equalizer, radio tuner, dual cassette player- dubbing recorder, 6 disc stack player and turn table. I have the original manuals to each component, remote control and a pile of “gold tipped” connection cables. All of these are inside a wooden cabinet with glass front and the two speakers on each side.
At the time I thought you mention being they were JVC not to expect much more than $30 to $40 for each component and i guess you have set the bar at about the $80 to $100 mark on the pair of speakers. Are you still thinking numbers in about the same range as you posted last year?
Is there anything special about getting set up to sell locally on the FB Market Place? I already have a business account but really have never posted much of anything. It has just set for years.
Oh and if you may recal, one of the speakers had a small dent in the larger woofer in the smaller center rounded cap, where my daughter poked her finger into it back in the 80’s. I am the original owner of the unit which was about $600-$700 back then. You told me to try to use a vacuum cleaner nozzle over the dent to see if I could “suck” it out. Do you think that would still work and is there a possibility of bursting the small cone by too much suction?
FB MarketPlace may be the place to unload all the large items we have accumulated that we will never ship and would get too little at a yard sale. Pluse we don’t like siiting all day in the hot summer for such little results.
We have a tall, upright clothes steamer, a movie projector screen just like the one you also sold some time back [but u shipped yours if I remember], two managuins on a stand [male & female], several tubs full of artificial flowers, couple old computers, an antique fire screen with a needlepoint design, several large framed paintings about 2′ x 3′ in size and about 30 or 40 66qt. clear plastic storage containers with locking lids [we are transiting over to tubs half this size so we can get more items on our shelves and reduce the weight of those larger containers].
So I think this should be enough to drum up some interest on FBMP don’t you think. Interested in any comments from anyone on if this old, oversized death pile may get a draw and sales so I can reclaim the storage space. And your thoughts again Steve on that JVC stereo system
Hope eveyone has a great week and things pick up. We had the best 60 days in Feb. and March ever at a little over $4,000 gross total.
Mike at MDC Concepts, Inc.
MDC Galleries and Fine Art1+
03/31/2019 at 8:27 pm #59452
- Location: Washington DC
Mike, in my experience the effectiveness of various local selling apps varies on the area. A couple years ago back in Jacksonville FL I found Craigslist to be very effective for larger items and a friend had success on OfferUp but FB Marketplace was a mess and not worth the trouble.0
04/01/2019 at 9:58 am #59479
- Location: South Dakota
Selling locally changes the whole equation on listing together or separately, you will have an easier time selling as a system as the high cost of shipping is negated.
I believe you will need to join local selling groups to get the most exposure. Pick the ones with the most members.
I say this as during the final phase of listing an item you are given the option of choosing up to 10 local selling groups to post your listing to, that way your listing gets seen by members in the groups and not just those that happen upon your ad while perusing FB marketplace.
You’ll get a lot of “is this available?” and “I’m interested”, I just respond by hitting the thumbs up.
Yes, I pulled out the dents on those dust cones of my JVC speakers, it even worked on the chrome ones on the midrange and tweeters. I used my Dyson with no damage.1+
04/01/2019 at 4:43 pm #59539
- Location: Atlanta
Steven, going to give that vacuum fix a try and keep my fingers crossed. Then follow your advice on joining a few of the selling groups.
Also will try keeping the whole set together.
Will a buyer want me to have the whole thing wired back together and powered up and want to test each component? Re-connecting each unit to each other in the back is a pile of cords. Most of the cables are for the master synch whereby all units are controlled from the one Master Hand Remote Control.Theres 3 or 4 cables that plug into the back starting at the top and then cascade down like short umbellical cords. It would take me a while to figure it all out even with me having all of the original manuals that came with it.
Thanks for the details.
mike at MDCGFA
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03/29/2019 at 11:13 pm #59395
03/31/2019 at 8:54 am #59430
- Location: Naples, Fl
Great sales! Lots of what’s here I have sold and continue to look for. The string art is something new for my eyes!
Steve, I do believe you have the potential to make a lot of $ fixing up these stereo systems and flipping on the FB Marketplace. Obviously you know this! So many of us from the vinyl era would love to own an old working stereo that we could buy locally from a trusted seller. Now if you could just keep finding them to flip!
Here are some interesting sales:
Bibles have for certain become Bread & butter for me on eBay & Etsy. Buy for $1 or $2 and sell for minimum of $20. I don’t look for just any bibles however. This 1949 Collins sold for full price $100 with no offer made. Paid $1.00. Folks like to replace their beloved bible that has worn out or become lost.
Barbie doll pipelines keep giving, this little 1960’s dress sold for $30.
I don’t know a lot about license plates, yet a worn out Tractor plate from Penn dated 1949 grabbed my interest.
I paid $6 each for a lot of them (truck & auto too), and this one sold for Best Offer $65. I’ve since sold five more at $50 each to another buyer.
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