09/04/2019 at 8:57 pm #67401
- Location: Virginia
Post your What Sold video in the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Iceland Air Card deck, Telephone Index, 8-Track Stereo, Keens, Advent tweeter]
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09/04/2019 at 9:37 pm #67405
- Location: Central NJ
I forgot about those address books. I remember seeing them “back in the day”.
I didn’t have any interesting sales to post last week, but I have a few of note this time.
I had bought a vacuum cleaner a few years ago at a garage sale for $5 and came to like it better than the one I had. I used it for a few years, but then the belt kept breaking. I decided to part it out. The lock on the buyer’s handle had broken, so she bought mine for $17. It fit perfectly, and now hers can be used for years longer!
I recently visited Pittsburgh to visit family and gather some items for commission. A family friend passed away earlier this year, and her husband wants to downsize. I listed this full length mink coat in size 22, and it sold in a few days for $250. That’s probably a small percentage of what she originally paid, but it was pretty high for used fur coats on eBay.
This Asian smoking jacket was given to me by one of my parents’ friends. I don’t know that I’d ever seen one before. Sold for $34.
I bought an auction lot of mostly men’s coats earlier in the year. Each item came to less than $1. I could tell this one was quality, but it had some condition issues. I sold it for best offer of $25. Hell, I sell clothing in perfect condition for less!
Last year, I purchased a box lot of silver plate for $10. Over half of it was very old Gorham in a fiddle shape pattern, and most of it sold very quickly. The rest of it was Mappin & Webb in a similar fiddle pattern. Both are quality manufacturers, but this is the first of the M&W to sell. I paid less than $1 for these five teaspoons, and it sold for $30 to someone in Santiago, Chile!
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09/04/2019 at 11:17 pm #67408
- Location: Northeast US
Another one of my favorite finds of all time: gorgeous hand printed mid century wallpaper in an art nouveau design. This was the first wallpaper I ever picked up – got the idea here on SL, of course! I think I paid $5 for the 3 rolls and they sold for $100. Took 9 months to sell.
Also got the idea to pick up ikea stuff on SL. I picked up this lot of fairly worn RUSTIK flatware for $2, and sold in just a few weeks for $30. At first I thought it very strange, b/c at the time ikea was still selling these flatware sets new, and not for very much. But I think the key was that I had the steak knives.
I took a chance on this excellent condition ugly-to-me mostly synthetic sweater and it worked out great. Paid $4 at a thrift store, sold in 8 months (once fall arrived) for $60! I did look up the brand before purchasing. Philip and Jane Gordon.
This last item is an example of one of my picking weaknesses that I’m working on – buying obscure super high end items that noone is really looking for on ebay. Or at least that’s my guess on why they don’t sell well. The brand here is Marc Le Bihan, and I paid a now embarassing $27 for it at an estate sale. At the time, when I looked up the brand online, I saw that new items sold for $500-4,000 or higher retail, so I should certainly be able to get at least $75-100 for it, right? Wrong. After a year and a half of no action, I felt lucky to get an offer of $50 – I took it.2+
09/05/2019 at 3:01 pm #67426
- Location: Portland, OR
Good job on the IKEA set. I consistently sell IKEA pieces throughout the year. I just looked and they only amount to 2% of my sales so far in 2019 but they are easy to find in my area, photograph and list. I think the Goodwills of greater Portland have an arrangement to take some of the closeout and damaged box items from IKEA because I find a bunch of that stuff and it tends to come in waves.2+
09/05/2019 at 2:40 pm #67425
- Location: Hopedale, OH
I just came back from a long vacation. I didn’t make a whole bunch of sales to share, but here are a few interesting ones at least.
My big sale of the week came from this nativity set made by Martino Landi. It’s made from a hard plastic resin and didn’t seem relatively old. But it had really nice detail and appeared complete except for the barn backdrop. I listed it for a high price of $120 hoping for a reasonable best offer, but the buyer bought it for full price. It came out of a box lot which I paid $1.50 for (each sellable item was .30 cents).
I thought that this ornately hand carved wood book rest would have sold for a lot more, but the market was flooded with them for even cheaper than what I sold mine for. I managed to get $20 for it after several months. Thankfully I didn’t pay a lot for it… $.75 cents at a rummage sale.
This last item was something that I nearly threw in the garage sale pile, but reconsidered at the last minute. It’s a hand-made tool box. Very rough cut with not a lot of dazzle. But I thought maybe someone would need something this specific size and didn’t care what it looked like. It took quite a while, but it finally sold for $30. When I bought it at an auction for $15, it was full of 8mm home movies which is what I was really after. So at least I made my money back and then some.
09/06/2019 at 10:14 am #67453
- Location: Washington DC
Thanks for the video, Steve. I’ve flown Icelandair but only to Iceland and back in the ‘90’s a couple times when there was still a US Navy base there. At the time it was about the cheapest way to fly to Europe from the US so the passengers were quite a motley crew. Skateboards in the overhead bins, etc. I recently sold a Summit Racing hat also, and for the same price as yours. They periodically gave them away with minimum purchase (how I got mine a while back) and it appears to be a common item but they still sell.
I do well with random hardware. I have a bin of these brass rope edge keyhole escutcheons leftover from my flea market/antique mall dealer days when auction-sourced vintage English furniture was a significant part of my inventory. This lot of 4 sold for $19 plus shipping.
This miniature screwdriver (about 4” long) had been living in my toolbox for years. It caught my eye recently. I researched it and found that this vintage “perfect handle” style is in demand. Made by SB Company in Germany (pre WWII), it did not take long to sell for $33 plus shipping despite its worn condition.
Here’s an instruction booklet for what is not an especially desirable model of Sears shotgun. Probably ’70’s vintage. Part of a cheap box lot, it still sold for $20 with free shipping.
I have enjoyed dipping my toe into selling postcards since John Miller of Popeye’s Postcards was interviewed here a while back. I don’t think I could maintain his volume but I have found them easy to list and ship once I got my processes for them down. I’ve started a second store for my low dollar items and postcards are perfect for that. It’s fun to find the sleepers in the millions of them out there, like this late 1940’s real photo card of Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, with the famous Little Bit O’ Heaven gardens. It sold for $15 plus shipping, which is not bad for a postcard.
Another sale from the interesting lot of salvage Vietnam War-era camouflage uniform shirts I’ve mentioned previously. This one went for $80 plus $23 shipping to Thailand.
My family enjoys shopping at Goodwill but I’m not a fan. If I go along for the ride I’m prepared to be disappointed with the high prices but I still usually find at least one or two things worth purchasing for resale, of which this double rocks glass is an example. Purchased for $2 (50% off), it appears to be hand-painted and depicts the ski lifts and lodges of Aspen, Colorado. It took about a month to sell for $27 plus shipping.3+
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