10/31/2018 at 10:38 pm #51040
- Location: Virginia
Post your What Sold video in the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Hats, GE Wildcat record player, Inarco cat, Military pins, Shortwave radios, Record Rack, Big Eye drawing, Panoramic photo, Starburst clock]
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11/01/2018 at 5:59 am #51050
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Here is my October sales for the month, really only had one big sale and it was a plush toy, lol. Everything else was pretty much $50 and under:2+
11/01/2018 at 9:32 am #51057
What I continue to get from the videos is that by owning your own time, you can tinker with audio and other mechanical objects like that great Sunburst, clean them up and sell for better than decent profit.
In the meantime, allow me to bring a little dignity to the table with this weird toy bat sale. Accepted $120 Best Offer, buyer shelled out another $50 to ship to Sweden. Ryanne’s pricing method of setting a wacky price, and accepting a much lower yet wacky enough offer was utilized, thank you yet again Ryanne!
11/01/2018 at 9:58 am #51058
- Location: SC
Your panoramic story reminded me of my own. I was in the marching band in college and every year they would arrange us in the stands for a picture. The band director would pose on one end of the band and once the camera got past him, he would jump down and run as fast as he could to get to the other side of the band before the camera got there. All the kids would be laughing like loons for the picture and he would be smiling casually from both sides of the picture.
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11/01/2018 at 10:16 am #51059
Great video, Steve. I have a vintage record player that I bought at an auction last week. I haven’t tested it yet, but I’m not sure I’ll be willing to fix it if it doesn’t work. It appears to be very old, maybe from the 50s.
I had a few interesting sales:
I bought this beautiful dress during the last day of a rummage sale, $5 per bag. I had my daughter pose in it for me. I thought maybe she would be interested in keeping it for prom, but she wouldn’t be caught dead in anything I scavenged. Anyway, I bought for about $1.50, sold for $63:
The last of my vintage Pantone books sold! Paid $5, sold for $35:
A friend of my parents who lost some weight gave me tons of clothing that I finally listed last week. These were part of my deathpile as I had hoped to sell it through Swap.com, but they aren’t taking new inventory now. I have four golf skorts, all size 18, same brand, just different colors. This blue one sold for $20.
11/01/2018 at 10:35 am #51062
Nice sale on the Pantone book, I had no idea on those0
11/01/2018 at 11:02 am #51065
I started with about 8 or more of them over a year and a half ago. I guess it is a way for a designer to see what colors were popular during a certain time period. I keep looking out for anything Pantone, but, so far, I’ve only seen them that one time (online auction).0
11/01/2018 at 11:40 am #51067
Very interesting, was there much bidding on the online auction, did the description give away the value at all, what made you buy them? Was it $5 per book, or $5 for all?0
11/01/2018 at 5:36 pm #51086
I was able to find the link for the lot:
I bid $45 for the lot (plus 10% premium), which included the 8 or so Pantone books and some other stuff. I broke down the total cost per item. The Pantone books were assigned a higher amount because they went for decent money.
This was a higher amount than I normally would bid at an auction, but I had looked up the sold prices ahead of time and knew that they did well.1+
11/01/2018 at 5:44 pm #51089
thank you for the time digging that up! I’ve run across these or something like them a couple of times at least, now they are on my radar!
I spent $60 on a big old milk can that sold for $200 plus $50 extra for the pain of packing. I don’t normally put out that much either, but when you know something is going to make you money, hard to resist!
Nice sales on these, and thank you for sharing the knowledge.0
11/01/2018 at 7:33 pm #51100
- Location: ARVADA
My sales last week were pretty robust despite taking a vacation for five days:
I picked up three copies of a game I had never heard of before at one of the local thrift stores. They were three copies of the same game, new in factory seal and dated 1968. After researching, I put them on eBay and sold one last week: https://www.ebay.com/itm/192654479891
Sometimes I beat myself up for “bad” purchases. In September I bought a bunch of halloween costumes because they were $3 to $5 and I thought they would turn over quick. I sold three and only this one really turned a profit, but now on review, I realize this one covered the cost of all the others and gave me an OK return for the whole bundle: https://www.ebay.com/itm/192671206011
I may have underpriced this book because it sold within an hour of posting it: https://www.ebay.com/itm/192701309568
I have done really well with a bunch of vintage beefcake photos and slides from the 50s and 60s. Many of the images are NSFW, so I will leave it you to search my “solds” if interested. I did auctions initially because I had a hard time believing anyone would actually pay some of the prices I saw on past solds. I subsequently have been putting things up as BIN, but probably went too low on prices and have been raising prices since. I have listed about 20% of the material I have to sell.
I had an aha! moment last week while listening to a podcast or youtube. A very experienced high volume seller of clothing was being interviewed and she indicated that clothing buyers tend to be sensitive to shipping costs. I have subsequently been going through my listings and adjusting them to specify a $1.95 shipping cost and have seen a couple sales: https://www.ebay.com/itm/192633785339 I have to be careful with this because on something that has to go priority, this can really bite me in the butt.
A frequent and recurrent thread has been people asking about small bread and butter sales. Patches have been pretty successful for me and I always snatch them up when they are cheap. At estate sales, I usually remember to search closets for jackets that have sewn on or iron on travel patches: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1925775498292+
11/02/2018 at 11:38 am #51120
- Location: Georgia
I sold a sunburst clock only to have it returned because it didn’t work. I had tested it beforehand but failed to notice that once the hands made it down to “6” there wasn’t enough power in the motor to lift the hands back up the left side of the clock. I tried to change out the motor but couldn’t find one that fit the hands for that clock & none of the replacement hands had the right look for the era. I relisted it as broken. The prop dept for The Deuce (HBO Drama series) purchased it and it appeared prominently in a few scenes in the first season.
I love finding sunburst clocks!3+
11/02/2018 at 1:07 pm #51125
- Location: Washington DC
Thanks for another great video, Steve! Slow sales for me this year, with several absences over the last six months and corresponding long handling times probably contributing. The latest was from 10 days in Sydney, Australia for the Invictus Games, accompanying my wife on a work trip. First time to Australia for me – what a cool place!
As Steve says, military ball caps are a dime a dozen but they do sell. There are some desirable ones that can fetch good money, especially original military issue uniform items. Most that you see are aftermarket. This is an original issue one from the Japanese destroyer SHIRANE (love the cute chin strap). Found for $1.50 at an indy thrift, sold for $65 to a China forwarder.
Fish dish! I saw this signed studio pottery piece at an indy thrift for $5 and was reminded of an SL forum participant who posted a while back about making a killing on some random fish dish they found (at least that’s how I remembered it). After getting this one home and researching it I discovered that I was not going to retire on the profits from it, but still I got $35 in less than a month.
Usually I am clueless on jewelry and have bad luck selling any of it but this random costume jewelry pin that was a $1 yard sale pickup (unsigned) caught my eye and it finally sold for $30.
This was a father-son project. Being 15, my son believes everything he sees on YouTube and swore to me that buying limited edition hip-hop fashion clothing on the day of release before it sells out was the way to riches on eBay. Being unable to convince him that buying things for $1 or so and selling them for frequently astronomical profit margins was a much better business model than paying high retail prices for fleeting fashion and hoping there’s a sucker out there willing to pay an even higher price for said fashion, I agreed to conduct a test of his convictions. So at his direction I sniped a small collection of Supreme clothing in the first minutes the line was released, back in 2016. We actually made some money on it, though the net profit was quite underwhelming given the investment and some items were very slow to sell. Two years later this is the last item from that batch to go, a crew-neck sweatshirt we paid $155 ppd for (paying that much for a sweatshirt was physically painful for me) and sold for $239 plus shipping. Fortunately his enthusiasm for that stuff was short-lived. In the meantime he’s turned into a good thrift store shopper, making me proud.3+
11/04/2018 at 7:28 am #51158
- Location: Southern California
Much of the types of items I sold this week I have posted about before. However, I did sell embroidery floss for the first time. BO $10. I’ve passed over huge bags of this stuff before, so thought I would mention.
Also sold Quimper this week full price to Sir somebody Hemmingway (his Ebay name). This is the first one I have found without the man or woman pattern and a different color scheme.1+
11/06/2018 at 5:31 am #51268
- Location: Leicester
Seeing that brooch reminded me- it may be worth looking out for brooches with colours of purple (amethyst), white and green. These are the Suffragette colours, and they fetch a good premium in the UK.2+
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